Do you have Gestational Diabetes and are worried about the Insulin shots?
If you have Gestational Diabetes and are worried about Insulin shots, here are some important scientifically proven facts: you only need insulin for a short period of time during pregnancy, and these won’t harm you or your baby. (Insulin doesn’t cause blindness or kidney problems).
Also note that your doctor will teach you how to administer the insulin and will inform you about:
- The type of insulin you should use
- The amount or dose of insulin you need.
- Injection sites where you can apply it.
- The best way to write down the daily report for the amount of insulin you used.
When using insulin, you should know that this can cause a very dangerous situation called Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar levels. If you use insulin and eat less than indicated, or wait too long to eat, your blood sugar levels can drop too much.
Hypoglycemia symptoms can appear suddenly and include:
- Accelerated heartbeat.
- Lack of concentration.
If you have one or more of these symptoms, it’s important to check your glucose levels, and if you have Hypoglycemia, you need to act immediately, ingesting fast absorption glucose sources, such as candy, sugary drinks and glucose tablets or gels, among others.
You should ask your doctor and nutritionist what to do if Hypoglycemia occurs, and how to prevent it. If you’re using insulin, you should always carry some sweet food or candy to counteract any Hypoglycemia that may occur. Hypoglycemic episodes are not common, but one never knows when they occur, and they are not good for you or your baby.