What you eat could affect your baby's heart

What you eat could affect your baby's heart

Eating healthily before and during pregnancy could cut the risk of your baby developing a heart problem.

2793

19,000 women were asked about their diet in the year leading up to their pregnancy and a healthier diet was linked to a lower chance of heart defects.

The pregnant women who ate the healthiest (a 'healthy' diet being one with plenty of fresh fish, fruit, nuts and vegetables) had a lower risk of having a baby with certain heart defects than those who ate least healthily.

The study was published in the Archives of Diseases in Childhood, Fetal and Neonatal Edition.

Congenital heart disease is one of the most common types of birth defect, affecting up to nine in every 1,000 babies born in the UK. Some conditions are due to faulty genes or chromosomes, but it is often unclear why.

RELATED ARTICLES

Related Articles

Fever warnings for new baby meningitis vaccine
Baby & Toddler Health
Fever warnings for new baby meningitis vaccine
Fever warnings for new baby meningitis vaccine Healthcare professionals are...
Surprise! Lucy Liu welcomes son via surrogate
Celebrity mums & dads
Surprise! Lucy Liu welcomes son via surrogate
Surprise! Lucy Liu welcomes son via surrogate Actress Lucy Liu has announced...
Car seat confusion
Safety & First aid
Car seat confusion
Car seat confusion There are new laws regarding car seat laws and guidelines to...
Male infertility: what you need to know
Fertility & Health
Male infertility: what you need to know
Male infertility: what you need to know Is it him? Does your man need to boost...

email block

low-sugar-snacks-for-pregnancy-cravingsEating & Exercise

Low sugar snacks to curb pregnancy cravings

Could hidden sugars be affecting your oral health?
necessary-nutrients-during-pregnancyEating & Exercise

Are you getting the necessary nutrients?

Do you know which essential nutrients you should be having during pregnancy?
pregnancy-cravingsEating & Exercise

Why do we get cravings when pregnant?

You can find yourself craving the strangest things during pregnancy – but don’t worry, it’s totally normal
win-one-of-ten-step2wo-vouchers-worth-100Win

Win one of ten Step2wo vouchers worth £100

Little ones grow out of shoes so quickly, but it's really important that they always have footwear that fits them...
win-a-mee-go-trio-worth-165Win

Win a Mee-go Trio worth £165!

Say yes to new adventures…