Goal 1: Promote Human Health

Individually-Tailored Approaches to Manage Perinatal Weight Gain to Improve Maternal and Infant Health

Managing perinatal weight gain is a major challenge in research and practice. More women enter pregnancy already overweight or obese which increases the risks for morbidity and mortality for both mother and baby. Novel strategies are needed to effectively manage weight gain in this population. This may include infusing engineering principles and dynamical modeling to better understand the complex interactions of biological and behavioral characteristics impacting weight gain as well as individually-tailored intervention approaches that adapt to the unique needs of obese women. Both researchers and healthcare professionals need to collaborate to address this issue in and outside of clinical care.

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