Diet When Umbilical Cord Is Not Normal

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

Deborah Klein

Deborah Klein , MS, RD, is the world’s first Livitician™ coach, a term she coined beyond Dietician, counseling clients on nutrition and fitness for 17 years. Her mission is to educate others on achieving optimal wellness through balanced eating, intrinsic coaching and exercise.

At University of California, Davis, Deborah received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and a minor in Exercise Physiology and received her Registered Dietitian license in Georgia. She also completed her Master’s of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition with an emphasis in sports nutrition at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona and is a PhD candidate at Saybrook University Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine. She is also a Certified Intrinsic Coach, which she incorporates into her nutrition counseling to delve into the core of ones’ experiences and thoughts, to identify any barriers to enable long-term health.

Her past career experiences include hosting a TV show in Georgia on Midday News Live, teaching “5 A Day - For Better Health,” working for CNN, Food & Health News and honored as “Registered Dietitian of the Year” by the Spectrum Health Club in Los Angeles. Recently, she was named “Young Dietitian of the Year,” by the American Dietetics Association and served as President of the Los Angeles Dietetics Association.

Currently, Deborah has a private practice where she specializes in weight loss, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, disease prevention, and long-term wellness. She is the author of “200 Superfoods That Will Save Your Life” published by McGraw-Hill, Inc. that details her “Livit” philosophy to achieve one’s wellness goals. Through education and discovering each individual’s full potential, Deborah provides individuals with “A Plan to LIVE for!” She resides in Los Angeles and relishes being a mother of 2 boys, Hayden (8 years) and Eitan (6 years).