Research Areas: Pregnancy, asthma, women’s health, paediatrics

Investigators: Dr Megan Jensen, A/Prof Vanessa Murphy, Prof Peter Gibson

Location: HMRI Building or John Hunter Hospital.

Project Title: The Breathing for Life Trial Nutrition Study: A study of maternal and infant diet and nutritional health and its relation to respiratory health

Purpose of the Study: We’ve found that women with asthma have low levels of certain nutrients in their blood during pregnancy. The level of nutrients in the mother’s blood was linked to her baby’s lung health. In order to develop nutritional advice for pregnant women with asthma, we need to study this observation further.

Participant Tasks: Participants enrolled in the study will have 2 visits during pregnancy for breathing tests, a blood test and asthma self-management education. Participants will be asked to complete some questionnaires on their asthma, diet and infant feeding. Participants will be telephoned after delivery to obtain information about asthma flare-ups during pregnancy, and invited for 2 infant visits in the first year. Participants will have the option to have their infant followed up in Respiratory and Development studies.

Participant Criteria: Doctor diagnosed asthma, 18 years of age or older, 12-24 weeks gestation, smokers and non-smokers.

For more information about this study, please contact Kelly Steel

Phone: (02) 4042 0130