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Healthy Eating and Lifestyle in Pregnancy (HELP) Study

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598 pregnant women in total were recruited across maternity sites in England and Wales: of these 598 women, 464 were followed up 12 months after their babies were born (the study's primary endpoint). Data collection was completed in February 2014 and our statisticians are now busy analysing the data. We look forward to sharing the results from the HELP study soon. Thanks to all of you who have helped make the study a success.

The Healthy Eating and Lifestyle in Pregnancy (HELP) study is a large multicentre randomised controlled trial which aims to assess whether a weight management intervention for obese pregnant women, which targets physical activity and healthy eating, is effective in reducing women’s BMI at 12 months from giving birth.

The study is being run by the South East Wales Trials Unit (SEWTU) in Cardiff University. The HELP trial was developed from a pilot study conducted and funded within Cardiff and Vale University Health Board working in collaboration with Slimming World.

We applied to the National Prevention Research Initiative (NPRI) for funding in 2008 for a large randomised controlled trial. The National Prevention Research Initiative (NPRI) is a national initiative made up of government departments, research councils and major medical charities that are working together to encourage and support research into chronic disease prevention.

In 2009 we were awarded £1 million to conduct this four year study which started in March 2010.

To access more information on the HELP Study click on the links on the Left Hand Side