Maternal Adiposity, Metabolism and Stress Study (MAMAS)

The MAMAS study is testing a stress reduction program based on the Mindful Motherhood Training and other mindfulness programs. The goal of the study is to learn if this program can help women achieve healthy weight gain during pregnancy and reduce stress.

Carrying excess weight can increase the risk of health problems during pregnancy, and predicts excess gain during the short period of gestation. The MAMAS study is built on the premise that simple recommendations for diet and exercise may not be enough to help women maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy.

The goal of the study is to learn if providing stress reduction skills and mindful eating training, in addition to encouraging good nutrition and physical activity, will help low- to middle-income overweight women achieve healthy weight gain during pregnancy and reduce stress. The study also follows the health and temperament of the babies.

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