Will I Need Insulin?

It’s okay if you have to go on Insulin

Depending on your needs, you may require insulin as prescribed by your doctor. If you take insulin during your pregnancy, it is unlikely that you are going to need to take it for the rest of your life after you give birth. Being on insulin just means that your pancreas needs a little bit of help getting the right amount of insulin. Insulin will not hurt the baby, and it does not lead to your pancreas becoming weaker in the future.

“This is a little scary, I don’t know how I feel about injecting myself”

Your healthcare provider will be sure to teach you the important skills to give yourself the right doses of insulin.

The trick with insulin is make sure you are taking it as prescribed, so be sure to ask for help if you’re unsure of what to do.

  • Check out our tips for mastering the art of insuling below:
  • Take insulin exactly as recommended by your health care team
  • Regularly test your blood sugar & eat your meals with the right amounts of macro-nutrients
  • Your doctor may increase your insulin dose and that’s okay, as you move through with your pregnancy, insulin production becomes more hard for the pancreas.

How to inject insulin: Step by step guide from Diabetes Canada

Above all else, if you end up on insulin even if you started your GDM management without it, don’t blame yourself, not everyone can manage GDM with diet and exercise alone and about 15% of women will need insulin or other medication to help them achieve their target blood sugars.