A woman in her 34th week of pregnancy. [Image: Photo by "Inferis" via Wikimedia Commons]

Healthy parents make healthy babies

15 May, 2011

What’s the secret to having a healthy baby? According to the charity Foresight improving natural health in both parents can enhance fertility and improve the chances of successful pregnancy.

For 30 years Foresight has been helping parents preconceptually by devising individualised diet and health programmes for couples to help them to overcome issues such as infertility, low sperm count, miscarriage, birth defects and premature birth. Much of their work is with couples who are finding it hard to conceive.

The charity continually tracks results with its couples and the newly released figures from 2002-2009 are hard to argue with.

Two groups of parents were followed; 1578 couples completed the full programme and 518 did part of the programme but did not complete is. Amongst those who completed the programme 89.8% conceived and the miscarriage rate was 2.96%. Amongst those who did part of the programme 69.1% conceived and the miscarriage rate was 7.53%.

By comparison the national miscarriage rate is 25%.

In the UK, 1 in 7 couples is infertile. Prior to coming to Foresight many of the couples had tried several other ways of getting pregnant. Amongst the study population the success rate of intrauterine insemination was just 6.3%. With IVF the success rate was 11.4% and with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), where sperm is injected directly into the egg, it was 16.5%.

The Foresight programme

The most vital component of the Foresight programme is hair mineral analysis. This is used to detect mineral deficiencies and overload with toxic metals such as lead, aluminium, cadmium and mercury. The deficiencies and the toxins can both be dangerous to a baby and impede normal development.

In addition, parents are provided with:

  • A leaflet on optimizing nutrition and suggest our Wholefood cookbook.
  • Advice on avoiding voluntary poisons such as smoking, alcohol, caffeine and drugs.
  • Courses in natural family planning (ovulation awareness) to avoid use of the pill.
  • A health check for genitourinary infection, allergies, and parasites where this is necessary.
  • Advice on avoiding electromagnetic pollution.
  • Advice on water filtration to help avoid heavy metals in your water supply.

Participants in the programme are also given a list toxic substances in cosmetics, hair dyes, household cleaners and pesticides that couples wishing to conceive a healthy baby should avoid.

Overall, more than 75% of couples experiencing problems with infertility have gone on to have babies using the natural methods of the Foresight programme.


  • Update: After four decades of promoting preconceptual care and helping people to increase their chances of having a baby the charity Foresight closed its doors in September 2017. See here for more.