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Gestational Diabetes - Medications

Most women can treat gestational diabetes by changing the way they eat and exercising more often. If these changes do not keep your blood sugar level within a target range, you may need to take diabetes medicine, for example glyburide, insulin, or metformin. You may also need to take insulin if your doctor thinks that your baby is getting too large.

If you need to take insulin, you will learn how to give yourself an insulin shot.

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What to think about

Insulin is the primary medicine used to treat gestational diabetes. Insulin is only used if you cannot control your blood sugar level by eating well and exercising regularly.

How much insulin you need depends on how much you weigh and on how close you are to your due date. Some women need more insulin as they get closer to their delivery date, because the placenta makes more and more hormones that make it harder and harder for insulin to do its job. In rare cases, a woman with gestational diabetes has to stay in the hospital for a short time to get her blood sugar level within a target range.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 04, 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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