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Gestational Diabetes: Checking Your Blood Sugar

If you have gestational diabetes, you need to know when your blood sugar level is outside the target range. Fortunately, you can see what your blood sugar level is anywhere and anytime by using a home blood sugar meter.

  • 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 insulin to take (if you take insulin).
  • Checking your blood sugar helps you feel more in control of your diabetes during your pregnancy.
  • 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.
    • Check your blood sugar meter's accuracy when you visit your doctor. Compare your results with your doctor's results.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Current as of November 14, 2013

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Last Updated: November 14, 2013
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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