• Health Tips for Expectant Mothers

    Pregnancy

    Pregnancy is certainly a rewarding experience, but it can also be an extremely stressful one, especially for first-time parents. Every mother wants a healthy and trouble-free pregnancy, but with so many informational resources available, it’s easy to get tied up in the details of delivery and post-partum parenthood. We here at the Good Samaritan Hospital Maternity Center of San Jose have compiled this guide to help expectant mothers ensure a healthy pregnancy:

    • Perform Research and Education
      Child birth and care classes provide invaluable information about the health and safety of your newborn child both during and after pregnancy. Conventional advice from close friends and family members can be helpful, but attending a professional course will ensure that you receive more reliable healthcare information, as well as an unbiased opinion on any questions or anxieties you may have about parenthood. Generally, it is recommended to complete all parenthood courses by the 36th week of pregnancy.
    • Prepare in Advance
      As the due date draws nearer and you complete preliminary research, it is important to take the time to develop a birth plan with your doctor to cover items such as delivery methods, potential risks, pain management, and other lingering healthcare questions. It is also a good idea to finish any preregistration paperwork, prepare luggage for your postpartum stay, and plan out traffic routes in advance.
    • Exercise and Diet Responsibly
      Excessive weight gain over the course of pregnancy poses a variety of health risks to both parent and child, and increases the risk of conditions such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. Controlled exercise that poses little risk of falling injury and a nutritional diet can help you maintain you and your unborn child’s overall health. Consider this diet and exercise tracking tool from the USDA for more in-depth information.

    The Maternity Center here at Good Samaritan Hospital has been repeatedly recognized in the Bay Area for its superior medical services and high-quality accommodations. To schedule a tour of our maternity services or for more information about our childbirth/breastfeeding classes, call (408) 559-2011 or contact us online today .

  • Managing Your Blood Pressure

    High blood pressure (HBP) is a serious cardiovascular condition that affects one in three American adults, though only 21 percent are aware of it.  HBP increases the risk of serious conditions such as stroke, kidney attack, and heart attack/failure.  Luckily, HBP is a manageable condition, and this informational video covers some risk management tips.

    Some uncontrollable factors such as age and genetics can increase the risk of developing HBP, but there are still steps that you can take to manage HBP.  A combination of regular diet and exercise is one of the most effective methods of managing HBP.

    Because HBP doesn’t manifest many obvious symptoms, it is recommended to regularly check your cardiovascular health with your healthcare provider.  Here at Good Samaritan Hospital Accredited Chest Pain Center  in San Jose, our team of cardiovascular specialists has the resources to provide the highest standard of medical care.  Call (408) 559-2011 today for more information.

  • What to Do If Your Home Pregnancy Test is Positive

    Young Woman Smiling at a Pregnancy Test

    Maybe you jump for joy at becoming pregnant, or perhaps you anxiously bite your nails. Whatever your emotion, an at-home pregnancy test is a quick and easy tool to use to find out if you are having a baby or not. Such tests are available over-the-counter without a prescription from your doctor. And it only takes a few minutes to do.

    An at-home pregnancy test measures the amount of a substance called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in your urine. This substance is found in your blood shortly after an egg and sperm join together, and the developing baby implants in the lining of your womb. HCG levels rise quickly in the early weeks of pregnancy.

    If you are pregnant, you may get a plus sign, a smiley face, or other symbol or word on the test stick, depending on the brand you use. Many brands say they are 99% accurate, but this isn’t true if you take the test in the first days after your missed period. You are more likely to get a correct result if you take the test at least 1 week after you were supposed to get your period.

    Have a positive pregnancy test? Here is what you should do next:

    1. Call your doctor or nurse to schedule a prenatal appointment. Proper prenatal care is essential for the good health of you and your baby. Your doctor or nurse will order a blood test to confirm the pregnancy and see how far along you are. You probably will not be seen until you are 8 weeks pregnant, but that depends on your health history and symptoms.
    2. Make sure you tell your health care team about any concerns or symptoms you have, especially vaginal bleeding and cramping.
    3. Stop drinking alcohol. Drinking during pregnancy can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a dangerous condition in the baby. FAS can cause birth defects, and lifelong problems with mental development. No amount of alcohol has ever been proven safe to use during pregnancy.
    4. If you smoke, quit. Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk for premature birth, sudden infant death syndrome, low birth weight, and other serious complications.
    5. Ask your doctor or nurse if the medicines you take, if any, are safe to take if you are, or think you are, pregnant. This includes over-the-counter medicines, herbs, and supplements. Never stop taking any medicine without asking your doctor first.
    6. Make sure you take 600mcg of folic acid every day during pregnancy. If you are trying to get pregnant, you should take a multivitamin with at least 400mcg of folic acid. Folic acid helps prevent many birth defects.
    7. Follow a healthy diet. You are eating for two now, so it’s even more important to make healthy choices.
    8. Do not eat fish high in mercury. Nix the shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish. Limit amounts of tuna, shrimp, salmon, and other fish. Ask your doctor or nurse for more information.
    9. Avoid hot tubs and saunas. While the idea of a soaking in a hot tub may sound soothing, the heat can be dangerous for the developing baby.
    10. Have someone else change the cat’s litter box. Cat feces can contain a parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, which can lead to miscarriage.

    At Good Samaritan Hospital , we believe every birth is a special one. That’s why we have designed our birthing center to meet the individualized needs of you and your family – and installed state-of-the-art technology to ensure a safe delivery. We encourage you to take one of our free tours of our maternity hospital – just give us a call today at (408) 559-2011.

  • Some Advice for Those Who Have Had a Stroke

    Healthcare

    Stroke is the leading cause of disability in adults, and survivors frequently suffer from permanent impairments in mobility that range from pain and numbness to partial or total paralysis. Additionally, it can also affect a person’s memory and cognition and inhibit his or her speech, writing, and comprehension skills. If you or a loved one has suffered from a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke, then consider these stroke recovery resources from us here at the Good Samaritan Hospital Stroke Center in San Jose, CA.

    • Reduce the Risk of Recurrent Stroke
      Reports from the National Stroke Association show that within the following five years of the first stroke, as many as 42 percent of men and 24 percent of women will suffer from a recurrent incident. Managing general cardiac health by maintaining healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels has proven to be among the most effective preventative measures for reducing the risk of a recurrent event. However, it is recommended to speak to a stroke specialist, as each person’s relative risk for recurrence and individual medical needs may vary.
    • Seek Support From Friends and Family
      The support of friends and family is among the most important resources for stroke rehabilitation. However, a stroke can strain even the closest of relationships, especially if it inhibits communication or results in a drastic change in behavior. In order to deal with the emotional turmoil of a stroke and facilitate a healthy environment for recovery, consider seeking out therapeutic support groups for both the patient and their family members. Consulting with an experienced stroke specialist can help you understand the complex neurological effects of a stroke on different parts of the brain.

    Our specialists here at the Good Samaritan Hospital Stroke Center have the equipment, experience, and informational resources to provide high-quality medical care for various conditions. Call (408) 559-2011 today for more information about our comprehensive Stroke Rehabilitation inpatient program.

  • Helpful Online Health Resources

    Health Info

    Do you still have questions about your possible stroke risk factors and how to manage them? These resources can help you to learn more about this and many other health-related topics. You can also contact the experts at Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose at (408) 559-2011 for more information.

    • If you are unaware of your possible stroke risk factors, check out this helpful list from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website.
    • This article from the National Stroke Association lists both controllable and uncontrollable risk factors and what you can do to prevent a stroke .
    • Knowing the warning signs of a stroke can help you to seek treatment fast. Learn the signs from the American Stroke Association website.
    • Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is an important controllable risk factor for both stroke and heart disease. Read this article from PubMed Health for more information about high blood pressure .
    • What is in breast milk that makes it so nutritious for a growing child? Find out on the American Pregnancy Association website.
    • If you have recently had a baby, the experts at WomensHealth.gov can help you to learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding.
    • You can also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to learn more about proper handling and storage of human breast milk.
    • Breastfeeding is good for your baby’s health and for your own health. Read this article from HealthyChildren.org for more information.
    • Premature labor does not necessarily mean that the baby will be born prematurely—read this article to learn more.
    • Head injuries can lead to serious long-term health complications. Check out this article from MedlinePlus to learn more about head injuries and first aid procedures.

  • Bathing a Newborn

    Bathing a new baby for the first time can be a daunting task, especially for first-time parents. By watching this helpful video, you can learn more about when it is appropriate to bathe your baby for the first time. You can also find out how to safely prepare your baby’s bath, proper washing procedures, and how often you need to bathe your child to keep him or her clean. 

    When bathing your child, it is important to keep him or her warm and to pay close attention to the baby at all times. If you have any remaining questions regarding your child’s health or home care, contact the healthcare team at Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose. Our nurses are available to answer your questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call today at (408) 559-2011 for more information.

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  • Preterm Labor and Delivery – Are You at Risk?

    Preterm Baby

    When a woman becomes pregnant, she is typically given a date to expect the delivery of her child about 40 weeks after conception. In some cases, the child can be delivered before this delivery date. If a child is born three weeks or more before the expected date of delivery, this is known as premature labor and delivery. Unfortunately, premature babies can suffer from a variety of health complications, including respiratory issues, heart problems, and more.

    The causes of premature labor and delivery are not fully known, but medical scientists believe that the following factors may increase a woman’s risk:

    • Previous premature birth , pregnancy with multiples, or certain uterine or cervical problems
    • Certain medical factors , including viral or bacterial infections, chronic illness, clotting disorders, or being underweight or overweight
    • Lifestyle factors , including not seeking prenatal care, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol or taking illicit drugs during pregnancy, lack of social support for the pregnancy, low income, or high levels of physical or emotional stress

    Premature babies that spend more time in the womb have a better chance of survival . Infants born before 24 weeks, for example, have a 50 percent chance of survival compared with a much higher survival rate of babies born after 32 weeks. Babies born at a hospital with a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are also shown to have a higher survival rate with the best possible results.

    At Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose, we offer comprehensive, advanced maternity services to assist in the pregnancy, labor, and delivery processes. We also provide expecting parents with the safety and security of an on-site Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to provide expert, immediate care for preterm infants or babies in need of urgent medical treatment. For more information about our women and children’s services, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line today at (408) 559-2011.