Gestational Diabetes: Checking Your Blood Sugar
If you have gestational diabetes, you need to know when your blood sugar level is outside the Reference target range. Fortunately, you can see what your blood sugar level is anywhere and anytime by using a home blood sugar meter. Within a minute or two, you can know what your blood sugar level is.
- Knowing your blood sugar level helps you treat low or high blood sugar before it becomes an emergency.
- Knowing your blood sugar level also helps you know how exercise and food affect your blood sugar and how much Reference insulin Opens New Window to take (if you take insulin).
- Checking your blood sugar helps you feel more in control of your diabetes during your pregnancy.
- Four keys to success in monitoring
your blood sugar are:
- Keep your meter and supplies with you at all times.
- Make it a habit to check your blood sugar level. Build it into your routine.
- Prick the sides of your fingers, not the tips. The tip of a finger is more sensitive than its sides.
- Check your blood sugar meter's accuracy when you visit your doctor. Compare your results with your doctor's results.
More information about the different types of diabetes can be found in these topics:
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|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: November 3, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator