App to help moms lose weight

A new study with a goal of helping certain postpartum women lose the weight they gained during pregnancy is seeking participants.

“E-Moms” is a collaborative study by Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the Women, Infants and Children program of the state Department of Health and Hospitals.

Local women receiving WIC benefits will be able to take part in a weight-management program that, for some of the study participants, will be delivered through a smartphone app Pennington researchers developed.

The women and their children will be followed for six months, with some receiving standard nutritional counseling and others receiving the counseling plus the weight management app, which will provide daily contacts with Pennington dieticians.

More than two-thirds of women in the U.S. who are overweight and obese gain an unhealthy amount of weight during their pregnancy, according to a Pennington news release.

Women who don’t return to their pre-pregnancy weight will begin their next pregnancy at a greater weight, leading to poorer health for moms and their babies.

The study is recruiting women who are:

Less than eight weeks out from their delivery date.

Age 18 or older.

Overweight or obese.

Certified to receive postpartum services at the East Baton Rouge Parish WIC clinic or the Capital City Family Health Center at Martin Luther King WIC clinic.

English speaking.

The E-Moms study is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is part of a national research effort conducted at six other sites across the country, in addition to Pennington.

To learn more about the study, visit pbrc.edu/clinical-trials; to determine eligibility, call Anne Gilmore at (225) 763-2848 or email moms@pbrc.edu.