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    Gestational Diabetes: Giving Yourself Insulin Shots

    If you have gestational diabetes and you have not been able to keep your blood sugar levels within a target range, you may need insulin shots.

    • Taking insulin can help prevent high blood sugar. High blood sugar can lead to problems for you and your baby.
    • Insulin is given as a shot into the fatty tissue just under the skin. In pregnant women, insulin usually is given in the upper arm or thigh.
    • Make sure that you:
      • Have the right dose of insulin, especially if you are giving two types of insulin in the same syringe.
      • Practice how to give your shot.
      • Store the insulin properly so that each dose will work well.

    how.gif  How to prepare and give an insulin shot

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    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator

    Current as ofJune 20, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 20, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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