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Eating for Two: The Importance of a Healthy Diet During Pregnancy

Healthy Diet & Pregnancy

The foods you eat are crucial to your overall health and wellness. When you are pregnant, the importance of a healthy diet is only magnified, so be sure that you are getting the right amount of calories and key nutrients to support you and your baby.

Folic Acid
Folic acid can help to prevent neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, cleft lip, and congenital heart disease. Try to get at least 600 micrograms of folic acid every day by consuming foods such as whole wheat breads, citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, and legumes.

Iron
Iron is also crucial to your diet, as it helps red blood cells transport oxygen through your body. Good sources of iron include poultry, fish, lean red meats, and dried fruits.

Calcium
Your body needs calcium during pregnancy—and if it is not obtained from your diet, it will be taken from your bones instead, increasing your risk of osteoporosis. Try to incorporate low-fat or nonfat dairy products, fortified orange juice, and green leafy vegetables into your diet.

Food Safety Tips
There are number of foodborne illnesses that may harm both you and your developing baby, so it is crucial to practice food safety. Some tips for staying safe include the following:

  • Washing your hands before preparing or eating food
  • Avoid cross-contamination of raw meats/poultry with other foods
  • Thoroughly reheating leftovers
  • Avoid hot dogs or lunch meats unless reheated until steaming
  • Drink only pasteurized milk and juice products
  • Avoid soft or raw cheeses

Here at Good Samaritan Hospital, we believe that every birth is a special one, which is why we have created a birthing center to meet the specialized needs of you and your growing family. As a proud Level III NICU, our highly trained neonatal intensive care and obstetrical teams are available 24 hours a day to handle any type of birth. Our labor and delivery hospital also offers a number of services to help you with your parenting needs. Contact us at (408) 559-2011 for more information or to set up a free tour of our birthing center.


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Exercising During Pregnancy

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Exercising regularly during pregnancy provides a number of benefits, including controlling weight, increasing energy levels, improving mood, enhancing your overall quality of sleep, strengthening your abdominal and back muscles, and even preparing your body for the physical demands of labor. Despite these many benefits, you still need to use caution and be sure to choose the right type of exercise.

Recommended Exercises
It is crucial to stick with activities that put minimal stress on your joints, have a low risk of falling, and involve smooth movements. This can include exercises such as walking, swimming, riding a stationary bike, or using an elliptical machine.

Duration and Frequency
Studies show that exercising for 30 minutes a day most weekdays is all that is necessary in order to achieve the associated benefits of exercise and maintain your fitness while pregnant. You may consider completing your exercise activities in 10-minute time intervals several times during the day to break up the routine.

Activities to Limit or Avoid
It is important to remember that certain exercise activities can be dangerous during pregnancy, including activities that increase your risk of falling or sports with a high potential for physical contact. You also want to avoid exercising at high altitudes, resistance training with heavy weights, and participating in activities that involve lying flat on your back.

Combined with a balanced diet, staying physically fit throughout your pregnancy will help you and your baby stay healthy.

If you are looking for a labor and delivery hospital or maternity hospital, then look no farther than Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose. Our gynecologists and neonatal providers are ready to help you and your family members go through the pregnancy experience in a safe, comfortable environment. Learn more about our services by contacting us online or calling us at (408) 559-2011.


Heart Attack Warning Signs

A heart attack occurs when the flow of oxygenated blood is unable to reach your heart and causes damage or death to a part of the heart muscle. According to the American Heart Association, someone in the United States suffers a heart attack every 34 seconds. This is just one of the many reasons why it is important to know the warning signs of a heart attack. You can learn about the warning signs of a heart attack in this video.

For a high-quality cardiac care hospital and emergency care facility in San Jose, contact the cardiovascular specialists at Good Samaritan Hospital. Contact us today at (408) 559-2011.


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