Gestational Diabetes

Maintaining Your Target

Your healthcare team may ask you to use a small device called a blood glucose meter to check your levels on your own. You will learn:
 
  • How to use the meter
  • How to prick your finger to obtain a drop of blood
  • What your target range is
  • When to check your blood glucose.
     
You may be asked to check your blood glucose:
 
  • When you wake up
  • Just before meals
  • One or two hours after breakfast
  • One or two hours after lunch
  • One or two hours after dinner.
     
The following chart shows blood glucose targets for most women with gestational diabetes. Talk with your healthcare team about whether these targets are right for you.
 
Blood Glucose Targets for Most Women With Gestational Diabetes
On awakening
Less than 105
One hour after a meal
Less than 155
Two hours after a meal
Less than 130
 
Each time you check your blood glucose, write down the results in a record book. Take the book with you when you visit your healthcare team. If your results are often out of your target range, your healthcare team will suggest ways you can reach your targets.
 
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