Eating the right diet just before pregnancy reduces risk of heart defect in baby


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Reports and studies say women who are conscious of being on a healthy diet one year before pregnancy had a lower risk of giving birth to babies with a heart defect than those who are less health concerned.

After the study, scientists confirmed that participants who had a healthy regime had 37 percent less threat of giving birth to a baby affected either with a hole in one of the heart’s walls known as atrial septal defect or by Tetralogy of Fallot – an uncommon mix of four heart states seen before birth.

In fact, the mother who ate a lot of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish, and nuts and avoiding sweet & meat products gave birth to the healthiest babies.  Such diets are rich in folic acid, iron, calcium and other minerals which are very essential for the health of a mother during pregnancy. In other words, a direct link was found during the study between a healthy diet and low risk of inborn heart disease. However, no link has been found for the cause-and-effect between healthy diet and heart defect problem.

One percent of the babies born in the U.S. have a heart defect and one out of four babies with the birth defect dies. This condition is very common and clinicians are unaware of any prevention means. During the study, data were analyzed on about 10, 000 women who had babies with heart defect and this information was compared with data received from about 9, 500 mothers of healthier babies.

Additionally, diet plans of the women during the study were recorded whenever a Mediterranean Diet or a Diet Quality Index was revealed. These types of diets are recommended by doctors to women who desire a baby. The DQI entails a lot of fruits and vegetables as well as grains and do not contain any fats or sweet products. On the other hand, the Mediterranean Diet involves fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish and shuns meat, healthy nuts and sweets.

Dr. Botto said that a healthy woman will lead to a healthy baby and added participants in the study who scored higher in relation to their diets eventually had a lower risk of giving birth to baby with heart defect.

Experts were in agreement with Dr. Edward McCabe who recommended women planning to have a baby to start a long-term healthy diet plan or at least have a healthy plan for one year before conceiving.