Advancements in the treatment and prevention of heart defects in newborns

There is a great article in TIME about an advancement for newborns with congenital heart defects (heart defects that occur before birth) requiring surgery. A researcher/inventor created a glue that will create a seal without damaging surrounding tissues.

Did you know???... "nearly 1 in every 100 babies is born with a congenital heart defect, and it’s a leading cause of infant deaths in the U.S."

So can we prevent it from happening int he first place?


The baby's heart develops in the first trimester. Research suggests that an intake of vitamin E over 15 mg/ day during the first trimester can lead to a 9 fold increase in the incidence of Congenital Heart Defects. The average prenatal vitamin has over 10 mg and the average American woman consumes 9 mg of vitamin E in her food. That's 19mg of vitamin E. Well over the 15mg benchmark that leads to a 9 fold increase in congenital heart defects.

***Check your prenatal vitamins***
If you are in your first trimester, you may want to throw them out if they have more than 5mg.

Good news if you are in your 3rd trimester though, the baby's heart is fully formed, and you and your baby both really benefit from this incredible nutrient, some studies have indicated it may help strengthen the bag of water preventing some preterm labor and it may even help prevent pre-eclampsia.

Timing matters... and trimester specific vitamins are the next generation in prenatal vitamin. They are so important for delivering optimal nutrients at critical stages of pregnancy. Explore Bellamins Trimester Specific Blends here.

(For citations of research, visit our heart and science page)