Gestational Diabetes: Calculation of Caloric
  Requirements and Initial Insulin Dose

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   Calculation of Appropriate Calorie Levels


feet      inches

weight in pounds:   

Age :   

Activity level:   

BedrestAmbulatory Moderate Exercise


First TrimesterSecond or Third Trimester

BMI=   Ideal Body Weight:  pounds
Desirable Weight range:
Daily Energy Needs:   Calories


   Guidelines for the Calculation of Initial Insulin Dose

Weeks of Gestation Total Daily Insulin
Week 1-18 0.7 U/kg  actual body weight
Weeks 18-26 0.8 U/kg  actual body weight
Weeks 26-36 0.9 U/kg  actual body weight
Weeks 36-40 1.0 U/kg  actual body weight

Weight (current) in pounds?       Insulin dose? units/kg/day 

Calculated Initial Insulin Regimen

AM Reg      AM NPH PM Reg     PM  NPH
NPH may be given separately at hour of sleep to avoid early morning hypoglycemia.


    1. Guidelines for Care, California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program,2002
    2. Jovanovic L. Role of diet and insulin treatment of diabetes in pregnancy. Clin Obstet 
        Gynecol 2000; 43(1): 46-55

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