Diabetes in Pregnancy: Low Blood Sugar
How Can I Get Low Blood Sugar?
You can get a low blood sugar (blood glucose) if you...
- Delay a meal
- Skip a meal or snack
- Eat too little
- Take too much insulin
- Exercise more than usual
- Drink alcohol without eating (drinking is not advised during pregnancy
Symptoms of low blood glucose are...
- Cold sweat
- Difficulty concentrating
- Pounding heart
- Difficulty talking
- Tingling of mouth
- Extreme hunger
- Sit down - Get help if available.
- Test your blood sugar - If your blood glucose is less than 70, eat or drink 15gms of carbohydrate (see below) or take 3 glucose tabs.
- Retest your blood sugar in 15 minutes - If your blood glucose has not increased at least 20 points, consume another 15 grams of carbohydrate.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 until blood sugar is 70 or more (x2).
- Continue to monitor how you feel and retest your blood sugar as indicated.
- 3-4 glucose tablets (with water)
- 1 tube glucose gel
- 1/2 cup fruit juice
- 1/3 cup regular JELL-O® (not diet)
- 1 tablespoon honey or sugar
- 1 tablespoon jam or jelly (not diet)
- 1/2 cup regular soda (not diet)
- 6 Life Savers®
- 4 Starbursts®
- 1 cup fat-free milk