Expecting


Expecting

The Expecting study is a long-term nutrition research study designed to determine how the health and physical activity of a mother during pregnancy could affect the growth and development of her child. This study is for moms who are currently less than 12-weeks pregnant and have a BMI over 30.

If you decide to participate in this study, you will be “randomized” into one of two study groups. “Randomized” means you are put into a group by chance, like flipping a coin. You will have an equal chance of being placed in either group.

Group 1:

Receive standard care from your OB/GYN clinic
Attend 3 research visits during pregnancy
Offered pregnancy & child development education information
Attend 5 baby research visits

Group 2:

Receive standard care from your OB/GYN clinic
Attend 3 research visits during pregnancy
Offered pregnancy & child development education information
Exercise 3 days per week during pregnancy at our fitness facility
Attend 5 baby research visits

There are up to 3 study visits during pregnancy, one per trimester, in which we monitor growth and weight gain, measure energy expenditure and physical activity, and assess dietary intake. Additionally, we may take a few blood and urine samples during this portion of the study. Visits take between 2-4 hours and we try to schedule visits so that they are convenient with mom’s schedule. All visits take place at ACNC. $50 compensation is provided at each of the 3 pregnancy visits. If you are randomized into Group 2, you will receive additional compensation for attending exercise sessions.

The second portion of the study begins about 2 weeks after the baby is born, with 5 visits during the first 2 years of life (at 2 weeks and 2, 6, 12 and 24 months). During this portion of the study we evaluate many of the same items that we looked at during mom’s pregnancy, including growth and development, physical activity, and blood and urine profiling. To thank you for your time and effort, we provide a 1 year supply of diapers plus $50 at the 12 month visit and $200 at the 24 month visit.

Click here to see our EXPECTING flyer!

To learn more or find out if you are eligible,

Thank you for your interest in our EXPECTING Study.

EXPECTING is a research study conducted by Aline Andres, Ph.D. which has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences.

Click here to read about our other studies for pregnant women and kids.