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Do You Know Which Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy?

Healthy Diet During Pregnancy

Eating a nutritious, balanced diet during your pregnancy is the best way that you can help to ensure that your developing child gets all of the essential vitamins and minerals that he or she needs. Although most foods are safe to eat, there are a few that you should avoid during pregnancy, as they can cause serious health problems in your growing baby. A few of these potentially dangerous foods are listed below.

  • Unpasteurized milk, juice, or cider
    When not pasteurized, these beverages can be contaminated with E. coli, Listeria, Salmonella, or Campylobacter. Bacteria such as Listeria have the ability to cross the placenta and can result in infection or blood poisoning in the developing baby.
  • Soft cheeses
    Soft cheeses such as feta, Brie, and Camembert are often made with unpasteurized milk, which can contain the bacteria Listeria and E. coli. But don’t worry—hard cheeses such as cheddar and Swiss are usually made with pasteurized milk and are safe. When in doubt, check the label to make sure pasteurized milk is one of the ingredients.
  • Sushi and raw shellfish
    Raw or undercooked fish may contain parasites and mercury levels that are dangerous to your baby. Raw oysters and clams may be contaminated with Vibrio bacteria, the major cause of seafood-borne illness.
  • Raw eggs
    Raw eggs or foods that contain them, such as raw cake or cookie batter, may contain Salmonella. Eating baked cookies and cakes is completely fine during pregnancy, but avoid eating uncooked batter.
  • Alcohol
    Scientists and physicians have not established any amount of alcohol that has been proven to be safe for children in utero. Avoid any beverages containing alcohol during pregnancy, as exposing a child to alcohol can adversely affect their development.

For more information about what foods to avoid and which to be cautious of during your pregnancy, consult one of the experienced nurses or physicians of Good Samaritan Hospital. Our maternity hospital staff members are committed to providing the support system and programs that you may need to make your pregnancy, birth, and delivery a peaceful and enjoyable experience. Contact us today at (408) 559-2011 to schedule a tour of our birthing center.

Are You at Risk for Gestational Diabetes?


Affecting 18% of pregnancies, gestational diabetes is a temporary condition which results in high blood glucose levels that can affect the health of the mother and the developing child. The disease affects the body’s use of insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas to facilitate the uptake of glucose into the cells. When glucose is not taken up into the cells, it remains in the bloodstream and can reach levels that are dangerous for the mother and child.

You may be at risk for developing this temporary form of diabetes if you:

  • Are older than 25 years of age when you become pregnant
  • Have had an unexplained stillbirth or miscarriage in the past
  • Suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Were overweight before you became pregnant (a BMI of 30 or more)
  • Have a family history of diabetes mellitus or if you have had gestational diabetes during past pregnancies

Gestational diabetes generally affects women late in pregnancy, while the child is still growing at a rapid rate. If managed properly, it is likely that women affected with this condition will deliver healthy babies. If the mother’s blood glucose levels are not kept under control, however, gestational diabetes can increase the risk of her child suffering from the following conditions: macrosomia (when the baby’s body is larger than normal), hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels), jaundice, respiratory distress syndrome, low mineral levels, and even death.

Following a treatment plan formulated by a knowledgeable physician will help to ensure healthy gestation and delivery. Depending on the patient, her doctor will recommend a personalized treatment plan to help keep the patient’s blood sugar levels under control. If you are interested in learning more about the diagnosis and management of gestational diabetes, contact the staff of Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose, CA by calling (408) 559-2011.

Effects of High Cholesterol

High cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Taking steps to lower your cholesterol by eating a healthier diet or consulting your doctor about beneficial medications is a huge step in preventing these deadly medical conditions. Watch this video from the American Heart Association to learn more about how high cholesterol can shorten your life and the simple steps you can take to improve your numbers.

The experts at Good Samaritan Hospital’s Cardiac Center have been providing comprehensive cardiac and vascular care to the community of San Jose for almost forty years. To schedule a consultation with one of our experienced physicians, call (408) 559-2011 or contact us online today.

Heart Disease: Diagnostic and Treatment Options

Heart Disease

There are many different types of heart disease. Whether it is congenital (inherited) or develops over a long period of time and causes symptoms later in life, any condition affecting the functioning of the heart is considered heart disease. Researchers and physicians have developed a wide variety of different diagnostic and treatment modalities in an effort to reverse or resolve heart issues. Some of the most common ways to diagnose cardiovascular problems include:

  • Cardiac catheterization
    This test utilizes a special tube, called a catheter, and an x-ray machine to evaluate the functioning of the heart and whether or not the heart is provided with an adequate blood supply. Cardiac catheterization is commonly used to detect blockages in the coronary arteries or to assess how well the chambers and valves of the heart are functioning.
  • Echocardiogram
    As can be inferred from its name, the echocardiogram utilizes high-frequency sound waves to form live images of the heart. From the echo of the emitted sound waves, the ultrasound machine can evaluate the shape, size, and motion of the heart, helping your cardiologist to evaluate the cause of a heart murmur, observe damage to the heart after heart attack, detect growths in the heart tissue, and much more.
  • Exercise stress test
    During an exercise stress test, the electrical activity of the heart is recorded using electrodes connected to an ECG (electrocardiogram) machine to identify irregular heart rhythms, monitor the heart’s response to physical activity, or to evaluate whether or not a patient’s chest pain symptoms are related to problems with the heart.

Just as there are many different types of heart disease, there exist many different surgical and non-surgical treatment options. Some of the ways a physician may choose to provide cardiac care include:

  • Coronary stenting
    This is a procedure that utilizes a small metal tube to restore adequate blood flow to the heart muscle by holding open a coronary artery
  • Heart valve replacement
    During this procedure, a new valve made of metal, plastic, or tissue is used to replace an abnormal or malfunctioning heart valve to restore function
  • Bypass surgery
    During this procedure, a surgeon grafts vessels from other parts of the body onto the coronary arteries to bypass a blockage or narrowing

Good Samaritan Hospital offers the community of San Jose, CA comprehensive cardiac and vascular services. To learn more about Good Sam’s cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment options for cardiac patients, call (408) 559-2011 or contact us online.

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