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The R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation Exercise and Pregnancy Lab at Western University is the only research lab in North America actively investigating metabolic changes in exercising pregnant and postpartum women. Outlined below are some of the current and past research projects that have helped the lab become a world leader in the generation of knowledge in this area.
Timeline: 2017 -
Summary: The purpose of this study is to investigate three strategies to achieve healthy weight gain. The study will start between 12-18 weeks of pregnancy and continue until 12 months after your baby is born.
Link: Clinical Trials.gov
Collaborating Institution: Iowa State University
NELIP: Nutrition and Exercise Lifestsyle Intervention Program
Summary: What is NELIP? The Nutrition and Exercise Lifestyle Intervention Program is a nutrition and walking program developed to:
We hypothesize that the evidence-based NELIP for pregnant women will be feasible to adopt in a clinical setting and will prevent excess gestational weight gain, gestational diabetes and promote healthy infant growth patterns at 6 and 12 months postpartum.
Funded by: Children's Health Research Institute
Timeline: Completed 2016
Summary: The purpose of this study is to investigate two strategies to achieve healthy weight gain. The study will start between 12-17 weeks of pregnancy and continue until six months after your baby is born. We also hope to improve health measures in mothers and infants at six months post-partum.
Collaborating Institution: McMaster University
A Nutrition & Exercise Lifestyle Intervention Program (NELIP) for women with gestational diabetes
Timeline: Completed 2012
Summary: The prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is as high as 18% in certain populations with over 60% requiring insulin. The primary treatment in the conventional management of gestational diabetes is nutrition therapy, however, physical activity is also encouraged. We used accelerometers to quantify physical activity in pregnant women with GDM and as a result, have developed exercise guidelines to help delay or prevent insulin injections.
Funding Partners: Lawson Research Foundation
Preventing Childhood Obesity: Early intervention during pregnancy and first year postpartum for overweight and obese women using a two-pronged family-based Nutrition & Exercise Lifestyle Intervention Program (NELIP).
Summary: Our longitudinal aim was to reduce obesity, chronic disease and cardiovascular risks in overweight and obese women and their families. The approach of this study included healthy food choices and increased physical actiivity. This was initiated during pregnancy and re-instated in the early period after delivery for overweight and obese women.
Capacity-building and participatory research development of a community-based Nutrition & Exercise Lifestyle Intervention Program (NELIP) for pregnant and post-partum Aboriginal women.
Summary: We have developed a successful intervention tool called the Nutrition and Exercise Lifestyle Intervention Program (NELIP) that prevents excessive gain weight and weight retention, and regulates blood sugar concentrations during pregnancy. The information gathered in this study is the first step in determining strategies to develop community-based NELIP for pregnant Aboriginal women.
Publication: Mottola, MF, Sopper, MM, Doxtator, L, Big-Canoe, K, Prapavessis, H, Harris, S, Hanley, A (2011). Capacity-building and Participatory Research Development of a Community-based Nutrition and Exercise Lifestyle Intervention Program (NELIP) for Pregnant and Postpartum Aboriginal Women:Information Gathered from Talking Circles. The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 2(1).
Funding Partners: Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (IAPH)