Nutricia Research Shows: Your Baby's Future Health is in Your Hands

Every mother wants the best for her baby. Recent scientific research indicates that at most 20% of a baby’s health is determined by the genes and at least 80% is influenced by the environment in the baby's early years, which you can positively influence from the beginning. Here nutrition plays an important role.

Latest research knowledge of early life nutrition programming demonstrated that nutrition plays a decisive role in the lifelong health of your baby, particularly from conception to their second birthday. The first 1,000 days of life is the most rapid growing period for key building blocks of the baby's body — in particular their brain, metabolism and immune system.

What is ENP?

Early Life Nutritional Programming: Nutricia’s research into early life nutrition studies the influence that a mother and child’s diet has on the baby’s future heath.

As an expectant mother, that means: Good nutrition during pregnancy can have a crucial impact on your baby's future health. Take advantage of this valuable opportunity and take your child's future health in hands.

The first 1,000 days are a great opportunity

The first 1,000 days — from pregnancy to early childhood — is a unique period in which epigenetic processes play an important role.

During this sensitive phase, you can positively influence the development of key building blocks of your child's health — metabolism, the brain and the immune system — with the right nutrition and thus reduce the risk of illness later in life.

Take advantage of this opportunity, your baby’s future is in your hands.

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Positively influence your baby’s health in pregnancy

The "1000-day window" begins at the moment of conception. As early as the prenatal phase, the mother's own diet can start positively influencing the individual foundations of the baby's long-term health. There is a valuable potential to support your child’s development in your eating habits during pregnancy.

During pregnancy, the body's demand for various nutrients increases significantly. It's important to feed yourself well, since both you and your baby extract all the vitamins, minerals and trace elements you need from the food you eat.

A balanced and varied menu is the best. Iron, iodine, folic acid, calcium and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCP) are especially important nutrients. You should eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole wheats and potatoes. Lean meats and dairy products should be eaten occasionally, and you should include oily saltwater fish in your diet at least once a week.

The golden rule for making the most of this opportunity is: Eat twice as well as you did before you were pregnant, not twice as much.

This will ensure that your baby gets all the important nutrients they need for healthy growth and for the development of their metabolism, brain and immune system. It will also allow you to enjoy these exciting 40 weeks knowing that you're making the best possible decisions for you and your baby.

And we'll be there with plenty of information and services to help you lay the foundation for your child's future health with the right diet and integrate the latest Early Life Nutritional Programming findings into your everyday life.

Take advantage of this opportunity to give your baby the best possible chance at a happy life: lots of love — and good health.


Your nutrient reserves serve as a source of food for your baby. Make sure you keep them stocked with vitamins, minerals and trace elements.

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