Liggins Institute


Fish Oil in Pregnancy Study

If you are less than 16 weeks pregnant and overweight, you may be interested in being part of the Fish Oil in Pregnancy Study.

Fish oil in pregnancy study

If you're overweight when you're pregnant then your baby is more likely to become overweight and develop problems like diabetes as they grow up. We're trying to find out if fish oil taken during pregnancy and the breastfeeding period can help to stop this from happening. If you're less than 16 weeks pregnant and overweight, you could take part in the study.

Simply email your name and phone number to fishoilpreg@auckland.ac.nz or text "Fish Oil Trial" and your name to 027 604 5240.
 

CRU check up
A research midwife carrying out a check up at our clinic

What does the study involve?

If you join the study, you will be randomized to take capsules that contain either fish oil or olive oil during pregnancy and while you are breastfeeding.

You'll need to come for check ups at our friendly and comfortable clinic at the Liggins Institute in Grafton, Auckland when you are 30 weeks pregnant, after your baby is born, and during the first year of their life.

Does the treatment work?

We don't yet know whether this simple treatment will work, but we think it might.

We've already found that fish oil taken in pregnancy reduces the risk of diabetes in the babies of animals that are overweight.

Who can take part?

  • You can take part if you are less than 16 weeks pregnant
  • You are aged 18 – 40
  • You are overweight with a BMI of 30 – 45 (we can help you work this out if you're not sure)
  • You don't smoke or have have diabetes

What does it cost?

It doesn't cost you anything to participate. In fact, we will reimburse you for your costs to come to our clinic at the University of Auckland in central Auckland.

How can I find out more about the study?


If you'd like to take part in the study, or you just want to find out more about it, please email your name and phone number to  fishoilpreg@auckland.ac.nz or text "Fish Oil Trial" and your name to 027 604 5240.

We will get back to you within a couple of days.


This study was approved by the Health & Disabilities Ethics Committees (16/NTA/154)

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