Monitoring Blood Glucose Levels

It is important that women monitor their blood glucose levels at home through daily blood tests to check that management of diabetes has the expected effect of normalising your blood glucose levels. Your Credentialled Diabetes Educator can show you how and help you understand your blood glucose patterns. This is to ensure appropriate treatment can be administered and changed as necessary.

Your doctor or Credentialled Diabetes Educator will tell you what blood glucose levels to aim for. Blood glucose level targets are between 4 to 6 mmol/L (fasting).

If healthy eating and physical activity cannot control gestational diabetes, insulin injections will be necessary for the rest of the pregnancy. Approximately 10 – 20% of women will need insulin, however, once the baby is born insulin is no longer needed. This is safe for both you and your baby.

Blood glucose lowering tablets are generally not used in pregnancy.