Women who take
insulin shots or take the medicine glyburide are at
risk for low blood sugar levels. Most women with
gestational diabetes do not have problems with low
blood sugar (hypoglycemia). If your blood sugar (glucose) drops
very low, make sure to get treated immediately so that neither you
nor your baby is harmed.
- Low blood sugar occurs when the sugar level
in the blood drops below what the body needs to function normally. Women who
take insulin may get low blood sugar if they don't eat enough food, skip meals,
exercise more than usual, or take too much insulin.
- These steps can
help you avoid a life-threatening emergency from low blood sugar:
- Test your blood sugar often so that you
don't have to guess when your blood sugar is low.
- Know the signs of
low blood sugar (sweating, shakiness, hunger, blurred vision, and
- The best treatment for low blood sugar is to eat quick-sugar foods. Liquids will raise your blood sugar faster than solid foods. Keep the list of quick-sugar foods in a convenient place.
Wait 10 to 15 minutes after eating the quick-sugar food, and, if possible, check your blood sugar again.
- Keep some hard candy, raisins, or other sugary foods with
you at all times. Eat some at the first sign of low blood sugar.
- Check your blood sugar before getting in a car. And don't
drive if your blood sugar level is less than 70 mg/dL.
- Teach your friends and coworkers what to do if your blood
sugar is very low.
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