February 2013

Research Award at Annual Meeting of Society for Maternal & Fetal Medicine

Thu, 28 February 13 09:00

Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe and her research team – which specialises in maternal and fetal health – were awarded first prize for research at the 33rd annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, held in San Francisco, California from 6th-11th February 2013.

In a randomised controlled trial, the study, entitled ‘the influence of a low glycaemic index dietary intervention on maternal glycaemic index, dietary intake and gestational weight gain in pregnancy’,  found that a low glycaemic index (GI) diet during pregnancy resulted in less gestational weight gain, a lower dietary G, a healthier diet overall during pregnancy and better control of sugars.

Professor McAuliffe, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at National Maternity Hospital Holles St, and Head of Women’s and Children’s Health at UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science, said:

The results of our study indicate that a low GI diet has a significant positive effect on gestational weight gain and maternal glucose intolerance; which means a healthier mother and a healthier infant. Excessive weight gain in pregnancy is a risk factor for post delivery weight retention and obesity. This diet has been shown to reduce excessive weight gain in pregnancy which would result in a healthier weight following pregnancy.

The study was co-authored by Dr Jennifer Walsh, Clinical Research Fellow at University College Dublin.