Using Mobile Technology in Tackling Maternal Obesity (MOMtech)
This feasibility study aims to identify factors that should be considered in designing a platform for bespoke self management, mentoring and support to help women with obesity in pregnancy. MOMtech was supported by Engineering for Life (EFL) at Sheffield Hallam University in its initial stage but has now been adopted by UCHD.
Through the use of mobile technology MOMtech aims to help obese pregnant women develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. At their regular clinic, midwives will encourage the women to take part in a range of activities. The mobile technology system under development will be used to send reminders and motivational messages to the women, offering further support with the aim of increasing participation in the activities.
Mobile technologies such as text messaging have been shown to be successful in other areas of health promotion such as improving diet, giving up smoking and managing diabetes. This has not previously been looked at in relation to the pregnant population.