Supporting MumS Study
In the Supporting MumS (SMS) study we are testing ways to support mums with weight management by using text messages.
Study update: As of 2nd May 2023, the Supporting MumS trial is now full and closed for recruitment. Thank you for all the interest. We expect initial study results to be available in 2024.
If you have any questions about the study, you can contact the research team:
WHAT IS THE SMS STUDY?
Welcoming a baby brings lots of joy and happiness but being a new mum also means life is a bit busy! Mums often talk about having a baby as a time when their weight started to creep up and how they would welcome support with this. In this UK-wide study we are interested in finding out if text messages can help support weight management in the first two years after having a baby.
WHO CAN TAKE PART IN THE STUDY?
We are looking for women who have had a baby in the last two years and have struggled with their weight before, during or after pregnancy. We want to recruit women from various backgrounds living in Belfast, Bradford, Cardiff, South-East London and Central Scotland.
Click on the 'Contact Supporting MumS study' tab at the top right of the page to see further details on the specific areas we were recruiting from.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I TAKE PART?
We will discuss the study with you and answer any questions you may have. If you decide to take part, you will be asked to sign a consent form and complete some study measurements. You will then receive text messages to your mobile phone for 12 months. The text messages you receive each week will vary in number (between 3 and 14 per week) and will be on ONE of the two topics shown below; the topic of the texts is randomly chosen for you:
1. Information about diet and physical activity to help you lose weight.
2. Information and advice on your child’s health and development.
Overall, we will meet with you 4 times over a 24-month period to collect some measurements and information. This can take place at your home or you can travel to us.
WHO IS FUNDING AND RUNNING THE SMS STUDY?
The SMS study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (Research award: NIHR131509) and the Public Health Agency (PHA) and led by Professor Michelle McKinley, Queen’s University Belfast. Our collaborators are Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cardiff University, University of Stirling and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
WANT TO READ MORE ABOUT SMS?
You can find more information about what this research involves in the Supporting MumS Study - Participation Information. Here is more detail on Supporting MumS Study - Data Privacy and Supporting MumS Study - Consent Form.
Click below to find out more about the members of your local research team and how to get in touch with them.