Study: Preconception weight loss for women above a healthy weight

The PRE-BABE Trial is assessing pre-pregnancy weight loss for women with a BMI of 25 or above who are planning a baby in the next 6 – 12 months and live in Sydney. Women would need to be able to attend 3 visits at the University of Sydneys  – Charles Perkins Centre and in between will stay in touch by email or phone.
Preconception health is a critical part of a woman’s health that impacts on her chances to get pregnant and achieve a healthy pregnancy.
Why preconception weight matters?
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?
Preconception health is a critical part of a woman’s health that impacts on her chances to get pregnant and achieve a healthy pregnancy . 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 agree to participate to this study, you will be asked to sign the participant consent form and complete some online questionnaries 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.
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 or 2. Recommended weight loss advice. To take part in this study please register your interest here
If you are interested and would like more details, please contact the PRE-BABE team at

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