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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 by changing the way you eat and by exercising, you may need insulin shots.

Key points

  • 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.
  • At first, you may feel nervous about giving yourself insulin shots. But after a little while, it will become a routine part of your day. It is not hard to learn how to do. And any sting you might feel will not last long. More than 500,000 people in the United States do this every day. You can, too.
  • 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.

what.gif What does it mean to prepare and give an insulin shot?
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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Last RevisedFebruary 13, 2012

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: February 13, 2012
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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