Diet When Umbilical Cord Is Not Normal

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QUESTION

Do you know what a double artery is? My aunt just found out that her baby boy has double artery, apparently this has something to do with its umbilical cord. Do you have any information you have please share with me as soon as possible?

What should she eat or do to better help the baby?

ANSWER

Usually, an umbilical cord has two arteries, along with a single vein. The vein carries carries oxygen and nutrients to the baby and the arteries remove waste products.

Have your aunt focus on eating lots of oxygenating foods for the baby. Foods high in iron, help the hemoglobin count to stay normal, which is key to oxygenating the baby. Iron food sources include: Egg yolks (2 max per day- 4 times per week-good rule of thumb), raisins, beans (garbanzo, lentils), seaweed, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, whole grains, cashews, pistachios, wheat germ and black strap molasses (great to add as a sweetener in a smoothie or in oatmeal).

All the best for a healthy mommy and a healthy baby!
~Deborah