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
insulin. You may also need to take insulin if your
doctor thinks that your baby is getting too large.
If you need to
take insulin, your doctor will teach you how to give yourself an insulin shot.
- Gestational Diabetes: Giving Yourself Insulin Shots
Some doctors are using pills called
glyburide and metformin to treat
women who have gestational diabetes.
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.