Keeping records means writing down your blood sugar numbers, physical activities, and everything you eat and drink in a daily record book. You can use a small notebook or ask your health care provider for a testing record book. There are also sample record book pages at the back of this booklet (see Appendix C and Appendix D).
Keep in mind that if you are supposed to keep track of everything you eat and drink, that means everything. Bites, nibbles, snacks, second helpings, and liquids can really add up and may upset your meal plan. It's also easy to forget or underestimate how much snacking you really do.
Keeping daily records helps to track how well your treatment plan is working and what, if anything, should be changed. The information also reveals whether or not you need insulin, and if so, how much you need.
You might also find the information helpful when talking to your health care provider about how you feel. Your record book is a good place to write down questions or notes on how your body feels, so that you can remember them at your next prenatal appointment.
Your health care provider can give you more details about what to write in your record book. He or she might ask you to keep track of these things:
It's a good idea to follow a schedule for writing in your record book, so that you get used to doing it and don't forget to do it. It might seem like a lot of work in the beginning, keeping track of so many things, but the more you do it, the less work it will be.
The most important part of keeping daily records is that you do it. Make sure that you are recording all the items identified by your health care provider.