Good maternal and paternal health before conception is increasingly recognised as important for the health of pregnant women and future generations. Together we are working in a number of areas of preconception care, from exploring levels and sources of knowledge and information of pre-pregnancy care to practises and beliefs prior to conception.
We have completed a Department of Health Policy Research Programmne on the study of pre-pregnancy health and care in England to inform future policy and practice. The findings can be found here.
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A pilot randomised controlled trial in primary care to determine the feasibility and efficacy of a nutrition and lifestyle digital intervention, Smarter Pregnancy, in improving preconception nutrition in women planning a pregnancy. The pilot trial will also provide key data to design a definitive trial of a preconception intervention to improve pregnancy and birth outcomes in women planning a pregnancy.
Smarter Pregnancy was developed by colleagues from Erasmus University Rotterdam. We then translated the programme to ensure it is applicable to the UK population.
The primary objective is to compare a composite risk score, based on self-reported on dietary factors, smoking and intake of folic acid, between women randomised to receive preconception care health information via a web-based intervention with frequent follow up and coaching and women randomised to receive less coaching and advice.
Women aged 18-45 presenting at Community Health Visiting Teams and planning a pregnancy in the next 12 months.
The intervention group are followed up every 6 weeks with prompts to complete the information on the online app. The control group are prompted every 12 weeks.
All participants will be given follow up surveys at 3 months and 6 months.
At 6 months participants will be invited to complete an in-depth qualitative interview regarding their thoughts, opinions and experiences of using Smarter Pregnancy.
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We also have a PhD project currently looking at examining knowledge and peri-conceptional use of folic acid for the prevention of neural tube defects (e.g. spina bifida) in ethnic communities in the UK. Information can be found here
As well as a PhD project on pregnancy intention and its impact on neonatal and maternal health outcomes in Malawi. Information can be found here