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Gestational diabetes - Testing your glucose levels

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You can monitor your own blood glucose levels using a simple finger prick test or a urine test.

Finger prick testing

This is what you will need to do it independently:

  • blood testing strips
  • blood glucose meter
  • finger pricking device
  • lancets
  • blood glucose monitoring diary
  • sharps box for disposal of sharps

These are available from your GP or hospital.

Instructions:

  • Before doing a finger prick test, make sure you have all your equipment in a clean dry place.
  • Wash your hands and rinse well with warm water (dirty hands can contaminate a blood sample and give an inaccurate result).
  • Choose your finger and massage it to improve blood circulation.
  • Pricking the fleshy part of your finger can hurt. Instead prick the side of the finger away from the thumb. Squeeze your finger gently to obtain a drop of blood.
  • Apply the drop of blood to the testing strip. The meter will automatically read the result.
  • Note the result in your diary. 
Medical Review: July 17, 2012
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