Studies have shown that what happens long before babies are born is crucial to their neurological health. Healthy brain development before birth significantly reduces the risk of cerebral palsy and related neurological conditions, and plays a major part in the later development of children as they grow up.

The most significant factor is what we eat. Our scientists believe that the lifestyle and eating habits of girls and women in the years before they have a baby can make a major difference to the neurological health of their baby. The Little Foundation supports and conducts research to demonstrate how this link works and we plan to develop further useful tips and advice, but we can say with certainty that a balanced diet with plentiful oily fish rich in Omega-3 – such as salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, freshwater trout and albacore tuna – will support a physical condition best suited to having healthy babies.

Eating Well Honey-Soy Boiled Salmon

Such a diet is highly recommended for other health reasons too, and some useful tips and recipes are available here:

Eating Well
Jamie Oliver
BBC Good Food