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PRE-BABE Study:Preconception weight loss for women above a healthy weight

Preconception health is a critical part of a woman’s health that impacts on her chances to get pregnant and achieve a healthy pregnancy
1 in 2 women in Australia start their pregnancy journey above a healthy weight. Although you might be healthy, carrying extra weight at the start of a pregnancy can be associated with complications in pregnancy such as hypertension, diabetes, miscarriage and caesarean delivery.

Losing weight before getting pregnant may help you to conceive naturally and is also safer for you and your baby than trying to lose weight during pregnancy. 
 What does this study involve?
This study is a pilot randomised controlled trial which means that you will be randomly allocated to one of two weight loss programs:
1. An online weight loss program
2. Recommended weight loss advice delivered in a clinic setting
Both weight loss programs are safe and are designed to be followed for a duration of 10 weeks, prior to start trying to get pregnant. If you do however happen to get pregnant whilst in the trial, just let us know and we can advise you on a general healthy pregnancy diet.
If you choose to participate in this study, you will be asked to sign the participant consent form and complete some online questionaires about your general health, lifestyle and medical history. You will also have your weight, height and body composition measured at the start and at the end of the program.

Ethics approval number: HREC/17/RPAH/579  


You may be eligible to participate in this study if you are :

  • women with BMI above or equal to 25kg/m2 planning a pregnancy in the next 6 to 12 months

How to participate

To register your interest, please click here