BANT today urged mums-to-be to see a Registered Nutritional Therapist to help them prepare for pregnancy.
The call comes as a study suggests that the food mums-to-be eat could permanently influence their baby’s DNA.
Scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine carried out the study.
Lead scientist Dr Branwen Hennig said it was the first demonstration in humans that a mother’s nutrition at the time of conception can change how her child’s genes will be interpreted for life.
BANT Chair Miguel Toribio-Mateas said: “The details of this study are fascinating and yet another example of how food has such a huge impact on our lives. Our Registered Nutritional Therapists often see women to help them prepare their bodies for pregnancy because they want to give their unborn babies the very best start in life.
Read more about the study here: https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/newsevents/news/2014/mothers_diet.html