Obesity and excessive weight gain during pregnancy are associated with an increased risk of complications as well as maternal and neonatal mortality. Excessive weight gain during pregnancy can also lead to further development of obesity in women and their offspring, therefore effective strategies are required to tackle this important health issue.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has identified the need for more research on the management of maternal obesity. With an initial funding from the Engineering for Life (EFL) research network at Sheffield Hallam University and support from CLAHRC SY (User- Centred Healthcare Design, Obesity and Telehealth and Care Technologies themes) we have focused on developing a complex intervention to evaluate the use of text messaging in the management of maternal obesity.
This project links with existing care pathways and will provide technological advances on previous projects. The development of an e-health platform, delivered through a portable device, can optimise access and promote effectiveness by overcoming challenges associated with the stigma and other face-to-face barriers.