Plain English Summary
Background and study aims
Nutrition during pregnancy plays a key role in providing the best environment for the baby’s growth and development. If the baby is not provided with appropriate nutrition during pregnancy, they may be at increased risk of poor health later in life. This study aims to investigate if a web-based dietary intervention during pregnancy improves the health of the mother and the baby.
Who can participate?
Women aged over 18 who are in the first trimester of a single pregnancy.
What does the study involve?
Participants complete a number of questionnaires about their dietary, physical activity and lifestyle behaviours, and have their weight measured. They are then allocated at random to either the intervention group or the control group. The intervention group receive individualised dietary advice at regular intervals throughout the remainder of their pregnancy. This advice is delivered over the web. In addition, the intervention group receive information to promote positive behaviours such as exercise. Participants who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes are also provided with dietary and lifestyle advice in line with gestational diabetes guidelines. These participants’ blood glucose and serum lipid measurements are collected. The control group re-take the dietary questionnaire over the course of their pregnancy, but instead of the individualised dietary advice provided to the intervention group, they receive standard care.
What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Not provided at time of registration
Where is the study run from?
The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital (Ireland)
When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
October 2015 to October 2017
Who is funding the study?
Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)
Who is the main contact?
Dr Daniel McCartney
OptiMUM Nutrition: a web-based dietary intervention in pregnancy to optimise neonatal outcomes
This study aims to establish whether individualised online dietary advice to enhance maternal dietary intakes from early pregnancy yields improvements in neonatal health outcomes at birth.
1. The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital’s Research Ethics Committee, ref: Study No. 6 – 2015
2. The Dublin Institute of Technology’s Research Ethics Committee, ref: 15-45
Single-blinded randomised controlled trial
Primary study design
Secondary study design
Randomised controlled trial
Patient information sheet
Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet
Pregnancy, gestational diabetes
Participating mothers will be recruited using a convenience sampling method in their first trimester of a confirmed singleton pregnancy as per the above inclusion criteria.
Written consent will be obtained.
Once recruited, women will complete a number of questionnaires to determine their current socio-economic status, attitudinal and psychometric parameters, and their dietary, physical activity and lifestyle behaviours. Women will also have their weight status measured at this point.
Women will then be allocated at random to either the intervention group or the control group.
The intervention group will receive individualised dietary advice at regular intervals throughout the remainder of their pregnancy. This advice will be delivered over the web. In addition, the intervention group will receive information to promote positive lifestyle behaviours such as exercise.
Consenting participants diagnosed with gestational diabetes will be sub-categorised within the intervention group and provided with dietary and lifestyle advice in line with gestational diabetes guidelines. These participants’ blood glucose and serum lipid measurements will be collected.
The control group will re-take the dietary questionnaire over the course of their pregnancy, but instead of the individualised dietary advice provided to the intervention group, they will receive standard care alone.
Primary outcome measures
Neonatal weight and health status
Secondary outcome measures
1. Maternal weight
2. Maternal dietary intakes
3. Maternal dietary quality
4. Maternal blood glucose and serum lipids
5. Maternal dietary and lifestyle knowledge
6. Maternal psychometric measurements
Overall trial start date
Overall trial end date
Participant inclusion criteria
1. Women with a singleton pregnancy
2. Aged over 18
3. Have internet access
4. Proficient English
5. In their first trimester of pregnancy
Target number of participants
Participant exclusion criteria
Women who do not meet the inclusion criteria
Recruitment start date
Recruitment end date
Countries of recruitment
Trial participating centre
The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital
Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)
Funding Body Type
Funding Body Subtype
Results and Publications
Publication and dissemination plan
Intention to publish date
Participant level data
Results - basic reporting