Too much of a Good

The young woman is in the 31. Week pregnant, as you might imagine for a ultrasound. The heart of the unborn baby should be investigated. The 23-Year-old has already brought two children into the world, one of them has a heart defect.

The mother is healthy and does not smoke, reports the Children’s cardiologist Shaimaa Rakha of the University hospital in the Egyptian city of Mansoura. However, in ultrasound, there is a narrowing of the so-called Ductus arteriosus, the Doctor writes in a case report in the journal “Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy”.

The necessary abbreviation in circulatory system

The Ductus arteriosus is a short cut in the circulation of unborn children: A short piece on the bloodstream connects the aorta with the pulmonary artery. This is necessary because the circuit is in a mother’s body works differently. The oxygen, the Fetus does not take over the lungs, but via the umbilical cord.

The lung is also supplied with blood, but only for their own oxygen supply, and many of their vessels are almost closed. Therefore, the majority of the blood takes a shortcut through the Ductus arteriosus instead of the pulmonary. By the way, a hole in the wall between the left and right atrial emblazoned also in the heart itself.

Normally, the Ductus arteriosus closes after birth when the lung does not return to work. This is already happening in the third Trimester of pregnancy, threatening complications. In the worst case it can lead to a miscarriage.

The heart of the fetus in the ultrasound is normal, and it works also in the normal range, only the Ductus arteriosus is narrowed. Why?

The wife does not take pain relievers such as Ibuprofen or Diclofenac, known as non steroidal anti-inflammatory Drugs, which can cause the vessel closes early.

Too many healthy foods?

For this reason, Children cardiologist Rakha asks, according to the nutritional habits of your patient. She used to drink a lot of tea? You eat plenty of grapes? What are places that contain a lot of so-called polyphenols with other fruit? Many of these plants occurring substances to to write a health-promoting effect. In Excess of consumed, you can, however, lead to premature closure of the Ductus arteriosus. It is believed that they influence similar to the pain medication – a specific metabolic pathway.

Actually, the Doctor finds a possible cause: large amounts of fresh oranges. Every day you consume up to two kilograms of citrus fruit, told the expectant mother. You omitted now on the medical Council.

From now on heart and vessels of the unborn child be monitored every other day by ultrasound. Soon there is good news: After two weeks has normalized the blood flow. The constriction has formed back.

The child – a Boy – in the 39. Week of pregnancy with a healthy heart to the world.

In spite of this possible effect is of great polyphenols quantities must not be Pregnant before orange juice, Apples, tea, soy, and other polyphenol-rich foods fear.

It applies “everywhere and often: The dose makes the poison,” says Dieter Schlembach, head of the clinic for obstetrics, at the Klinikum Neukölln, Berlin. With such excessive consumption, the associated risk is not a reason to not eat healthy.