Managing injections during pregnancy
Tips to stay healthy during my pregnancy
I closely follow my healthcare professional’s recommendations
Finding the best way to check my blood glucose and monitor my weight as part of my routine.
I keep asking questions that help me better understand how my pregnancy is progressing and if I need to change anything to stay healthy for me and my baby.
Everything in moderation
I eat well-balanced food.
Getting support from others
I like the internet because there are forums or blogs I can visit and chat with women like me who understand the emotions I am feeling, even though Pablo, my husband is very supportive.
There is also Hannah who gives me many tips. She’s my best friend and she also had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with her son.
Exercise is important!
My healthcare professionals helped me find exercise to stay healthy that manages my glucose levels.
My check-list of diabetes devices
Devices for blood glucose monitoring
Standard lancet with lancing device
Or safety lancet to prick finger and obtain blood samples
Test strip and
Blood glucose metre for blood sugar measurement
Two types of injection pens
A disposable pen or
A refillable pen
Two types of pen needles
A conventional pen needle
A pen needle with a built-in removal system
A sharps container to dispose used devices
Why changing my pen needle is important
Because I’ve learnt that it’s important to only use it once. Reusing a needle can lead to several problems, including poor glycaemic control, infection and lipohypertrophy1,2,3
Air bubbles in the cartridge and leakage 1
Needle blockage and clogging1
Accumulation of bacteria on the needle 2
Needle bending 3
Breakage of the needle tip 3
Whole needle breakage 3
I also follow a good injection routine:
Discover Unifine® Pentips® Plus...
...and how it fits in with my pregnancy
Available in 4mm, 5mm, 6mm and 12mm
*Compatible with all major injection pens
The pen needle injections are designed for my comfort
Its’ easy to handle thanks to its unique size and grip seal
It helps with removing the pen needle thanks to the built in removal system
Its reassuring. The audible click and padlock indicates that the pen needle I have used is safely secured in the container*
It works perfectly with my pen and the length I was prescribed is available*
The site is for educational purpose only. You should always consult your healthcare professionals before changing the management of your diabetes. If you have any queries or questions, ask your diabetes nurse or HCP for help.
1. King L (2003) Subcutaneous insulin injection technique. Nursing Standard. 17, 34, 45-52. Date of acceptance: February 17 2003. 2. I.V. Misnikova et al. Journal of Diabetology. The Risks of Repeated Use of Insulin Pen Needles in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus. February 2011; 1:1. 3. Teresa Torrance. Effect of insulin needle reuse, size and site of injection on the risk of bending and breaking. Journal of Diabetes Nursing Vol 12 No 1 2008.
*The used pen needle is secured in the interim container and must be placed in a sharps bin at the earliest opportunity.
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