The Healthy Parents, Healthy Kids Study

We are conducting this study to test an educational dietary program delivered throughout the third trimester (from week 26) of pregnancy. We want to see if the program is helpful to mothers, and also to assess any effects it might have on certain aspects of health in pregnant women and babies.


Why is this study being run?

There’s still so much we don’t know about how diet might affect the health of pregnant women and their babies. A healthy diet during pregnancy is recommended for good health, but many women find it difficult to eat healthily during pregnancy.

We’ve developed an educational dietary program and we’d like to see how it compares to the support and dietary advice that women receive from their healthcare providers during pregnancy. We are recruiting women in their second trimester (14 – 25 weeks), so that they can participate for the duration of their third trimester (from week 26), through to 4 weeks after their babies are born.



Am I eligible, and what would participation involve?

preg-study1The first step is to fill out the screening questionnaire. It is confidential and will take less than 10 minutes to do. Screening is important, as it makes sure that participation would be suitable for you. Check your eligibility here! If you are eligible, you will be emailed a Participant Information Statement and Consent form, which has detailed information about the study and what participation involves.


What will the research achieve?

The study will evaluate whether the program is effective in supporting pregnant women to eat healthily during their pregnancy, and whether the procedures are practical and feasible. It also assesses the possible effect of the dietary program on certain biological aspects of health in pregnant women and their babies.

Who is running this study?

The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Deakin University are jointly running this study.

Contact Information

If you would like to find out more, please contact
Samantha Dawson
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute,
Phone: (03) 9936 6291.

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