Liggins Institute


Healthy mothers, healthy babies

We know that intervening in people’s health early in life has the biggest impact on their long-term health.

Pregnant belly

A mother’s environment, diet and lifestyle during pregnancy and even before conception can influence the outcome of her pregnancy and her child’s life-long health.

Babies who are born too small or too early are more likely to develop chronic adult conditions such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Babies whose mothers are affected by complications of pregnancy, such as pre-eclampsia, severe morning sickness and gestational diabetes also are at increased risk of these adult conditions.

In this area of research we look at how maternal, fetal and neonatal treatments - including nutrition and the intrauterine environment – can affect a baby’s growth, development and long-term health. Through experimental research, clinical trials and follow-up studies, our goal is to improve medical guidelines, practices and treatments that take place from before conception through to early childhood.

Find out more about our Fetal, Perinatal and Maternal Translational Research (LiFePATH).

Find out more about our Pregnancy Research.