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Signs and Symptoms of Preterm Labor
06.26.2014 [New Moms & Dads]

preterm-laborAll pregnant women look forward to meeting their baby, seeing who they look like and holding that precious kicking machine for the first time. Often by the last month or two of pregnancy, moms are feeling ready to not be pregnant anymore and live without the common discomforts of the third trimester. But sometimes, baby seems ready before mom is…

Preterm labor is labor before 37 weeks, that is, before your baby is ready to be born. Babies born too soon can have lifelong or life threatening health problems.

Signs and symptoms of preterm labor can be:

  •  Contractions every 10 minutes or more often
  • Change in vaginal discharge
  • Pelvic pressure
  • Low, dull backache
  • Cramps that feel like your period
  • Abdominal cramps with or without diarrhea

If you think you’re having preterm symptoms:

  • Call your OB or go to the hospital for a check up
  • Empty your bladder
  • Drink 2 large glasses of water
  • Rest on your left side

If your symptoms don’t go away or get worse after an hour call your doctor again, or go to the hospital for an evaluation. If your symptoms get better, you can rest for the day.

Don’t delay treatment. Preterm labor can sometimes be stopped. Or medications can be used to improve your baby’s health even if he does come early.

Signs of hypoglycemia may be overlooked in older adults
06.25.2014 | Wellness

Hypoglycemia (blood glucose level that drops below 70 mg/dL.) has been recognized as one of the most common and most serious diabetes-related emergencies for older adults. In fact, a new study shows a higher rate of hospital admissions for older adults with hypoglycemia, with admission rates for hypoglycemia now exceeding those for hyperglycemia (high blood glucose level) among seniors. Signs […]

New tool allows you to access your health information
06.24.2014 | SMH Extra

Sarasota Memorial’s Patient Portal is here! It’s launch time for the new online tool that will help you manage your protected health information in one secure, accessible place. If you’ve ever been an SMH patient, we invite you to be among the first to establish your SMH FollowMyHealth portal account at a special event at HealthSquare at […]

FDA Sets Safety Standards for Infant Formula
06.20.2014 | New Moms & Dads

A new rule that aims to ensure the safety of infant formula has been finalized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. An initial version of the rule for manufacturers of infant formula was released in February and the final version contains some modifications and clarifications that were made in response to comments received by […]

Road remains beautiful thanks to staff and family
06.19.2014 | SMH Extra

Eleven years ago, Sarasota Memorial’s Bayside Center for Behavioral Health joined the “Keep Sarasota County Beautiful” program, adopting a section of Webber Street between Beneva and McIntosh to keep clean. Staff from departments from all over the hospital and family members got together on a recent Saturday and picked up 49.5 pounds of trash!

The gyro is the hero of summer meals
06.17.2014 | Wellness

Gyros are a great, versatile lunch or dinner  – You can make the sandwich to satisfy a wide range of diets and tastes. Our Food & Nutrition staff in Windows Cafe came up with a delicious recipe for Chicken Gyros. The dish has grilled chicken strips with tzatziki sauce (made of low-fat Greek yogurt, diced cucumbers, garlic and lemon juice – […]

Learn the Signs of Whooping Cough
06.13.2014 | New Moms & Dads

Whooping cough (pertussis) is a viral infection that can cause serious complications in children under age 1. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says signs of the infection include: Cold-like symptoms including stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, fever and mild cough. A more serious cough develops over time and can persist for weeks. […]

Campus Improvements Continue
06.10.2014 | Campus Improvements

As mentioned in previous posts, following the opening of the Courtyard Tower upgrades and improvements continue throughout Sarasota Memorial’s main campus.  The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board recently gave approval to begin planning for a new wing to house the current 34-bed Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit (CRU). Currently located in the East Tower, the CRU is […]

Sarasota Summer Fun 2014
06.06.2014 | New Moms & Dads

School is out for summer already and it’s time for some summer fun. Parents strive to entertain, nurture and enrich their little ones while trying to stay cool. Fortunately, in Sarasota, there are plenty of fun activities, lots of entertainment and a wide variety of enriching summer camps right in our own town. Summer Camp […]

Skilled Nursing Center earns deficiency-free survey
06.05.2014 | SMH Extra

Congratulations to Sarasota Memorial’s Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, which was deemed to be deficiency-free following an annual licensure survey by Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration. In May, state regulators conducted a comprehensive four-day inspection of the center’s patient care processes, safety protocols, cleanliness, food service, staff competencies and more. They also reviewed dozens of patient charts […]