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If you have gestational diabetes and you have not been able to keep your blood sugar levels within a target range, you may need insulin shots.
Your doctor or certified diabetes educator (CDE) will help you learn to prepare and give yourself insulin shots. Here are some simple steps to help you learn how to do it.
To get ready to give an insulin shot, follow these steps:
Your preparation will depend on whether you are giving one type of insulin or mixing two types of insulin.
If you are using an insulin pen, follow the manufacturer's instructions for attaching the needle, priming the pen, and setting the dose.
Before giving your shot, take the time you need to do the following:
Follow the steps for giving an insulin shot in the arm.
Follow the steps provided by the pen manufacturer for giving an insulin injection with a reusable insulin pen.
After giving your shot:
To help you be safe and successful in giving your insulin shots:
Last Revised: November 14, 2013
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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