Nestlé Research Centre has collaborated with EpiGen Global Research Consortium and National University Hospital Singapore to conduct a study to evaluate the effects of nutrients before and during pregnancy on the health of mother and their babies.
The study titled "Nutritional Intervention Preconception and during Pregnancy to maintain healthy glucosE levels and offspRing health" (NiPPeR), will enrol approximately 1,800 women before pregnancy across three centres in Southampton of the UK, Singapore, and Auckland of New Zealand.
University of Southampton epidemiology and human development professor and chief investigator Keith Godfrey said: "The pre-conception phase is very important to ensure women are getting the best nutrition in preparation for their pregnancy.
"By starting before conception, we hope that there will be better outcomes for the mother and baby. Should significant impact on maintaining health and supporting early development be demonstrated, it could have implications for health policy and strengthen arguments for the provision of pre-conceptional nutritional advice to the general population."
It is claimed to be the first study to assess the impact of specific nutrients, from before conception through pregnancy, on both maternal and infant metabolic health.
Patients will be given the nutrient blend twice a day before becoming pregnant and continue consumption during pregnancy.
The study will evaluate the impact of the nutritional solution, consumed both before and during pregnancy, on maintaining healthy blood sugar, vitamin, and mineral levels in the mother and on promoting healthy growth and development of her infant.
The trial will also assess the potential impact of the nutritional solution on underlying epigenetic mechanisms, including subtle changes in the expression of the baby's genes.
Image: New study will assess the effects of nutrients before and during pregnancy on the health of mother and their babies. Photo: courtesy of Nestlé.