Gestational diabetes - Testing your glucose levels
NHS Choices Medical Reference
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
- blood glucose monitoring diary
- sharps box for disposal of sharps
These are available from your GP or hospital.
- 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.