Pregnancy Outcomes and Nutrition Study Seeks More Participations

pregnancyThe biggest pre-natal nutrition study in the history of Canada has its recruitments on for near about thousands of participants in Alberta.

The Pregnancy Outcomes and Nutrition study worth $5-million was launched in Calgary and Edmonton last fall. It has so far registered 750 subjects on board and looking forward to at least 10,000 more registrations.

Lead researcher Bonnie Kaplan, a behavioral researcher with Alberta Health Services and a pediatrics professor at the University of Calgary, said that women who are less than 27 weeks pregnant are most welcome to join in.

The study has been funded since last 5 years by Alberta Innovates Health Solutions. It aims at examining the effects of diets on pregnant mothers and the babies. The examination will also include analysis of mother’s mental health, birth outcomes including weight, prematurity and defects.

After the birth of the child, the child's cognitive function will be observed for the 3 years.

"We're creating this as a legacy project so five years down the line, 10 years down the line, 20 years down the line, these people can be tracked if our funding continues," said Kaplan.

He added that the study is longitudinal.