How you pre-pregnancy diet can influence your baby's DNA

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New study shows that what you eat before you get pregnant can affect your child's genes.

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You obviously have to watch what to eat during your pregnancy, but it seems what to eat BEFORE you have a baby is just as important, according to a new study.

The research, from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, showed that what women eat in the run-up to getting pregnant can permanently influence their baby's DNA.

Scientists studied two groups of women in rural Gambia, one who conceived during rain season and the other during dry season, as climate change leads to big differences in diet.

Results showed that what women who conceived during rain season influenced their children's genes more.

Certain nutrients, including folate, vitamins B2, B6, and B12, choline and methionine, were particularly influential in the child's genes.

Although there's no proof yet of the impact on the child's health, leading scientist Dr Branwen Hennig does say "women should have a well-balanced food diet prior to conception and during pregnancy."

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