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Ask the Expert: What to eat when trying for a baby

Lisa Salmon
WE'RE trying for a baby – does it make any difference what I eat before I find out I'm pregnant? Neuroscientist Dr Sandrine Willaime-Morawek, an associate professor in stem cells and neurobiology at the University of Southampton, who has just led a study into maternal protein intake around conception, says: "From research conducted on young women, we already know what you eat before getting pregnant and at the beginning of the pregnancy (before finding out you're pregnant) is important to lower the risks of your baby getting diseases in later life, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and also neurological diseases like schizophrenia.

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