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Nutrition During Pregnancy Study


Are you pregnant or do you know someone who is?

We are recruiting pregnant women to help us with a research study looking at food sources and dietary intakes of omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Omega-6 and omega-3 PUFAs are key nutrients for the baby’s growth and development of the brain as well as supporting a healthy pregnancy. In New Zealand we have very limited information about the diets of pregnant women and it is unknown if dietary recommendations for these key nutrients are being met. By taking part in this study you will help us to identify what the food sources of the PUFA’s are and whether pregnant women are getting enough of these key nutrients.  This is a nationwide study and pregnant women are invited to take part from July 2014 to December 2014.

Who can take part?      

We are looking for women who are:

• pregnant
• in the last trimester of pregnancy (weeks 28 to 40)  
• aged 16 years and over
• living in NZ
• from all ethnic backgrounds

What does the study involve?

Completion of an anonymous online questionnaire that contains general questions about you, your medical and pregnancy history as well as your dietary intake over the past 6 months. The questionnaire will take around 15 to 20 minutes to complete.  A hardcopy of the questionnaire is available upon request. Click here for more information.

What will you gain?

In return for taking part we will provide you with the latest guidelines on healthy eating during your pregnancy. You will also have the chance to WIN one of five parenting books "If Only They'd Told Me: Babies, Sex and a Cup of Tea”.

How do I take part in this study?

If you are interested in taking part in the study please access the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/pufa or contact the research team. Please feel free to tell as many friends, family and colleagues about this study so we can reach a large number of pregnant women.


Michele Eickstaedt (MSc Nutrition Student)
Tel: (09) 414 0800 ext 43815
Email: M.Eickstaedt@massey.ac.nz

HUMAN ETHICS APPROVAL This project has been reviewed and approved by the Massey University Human Ethics Committee: Northern, Application 14/027.