Mito Moms Study

Study Type

Women's Health

Study Purpose

The Mito Moms research study will assess how different levels of physical activity during pregnancy
may change your muscle metabolism and how it may be translated to your baby. Metabolism is how our
bodies convert food into energy to power everything we do.

*This study is currently seeking pregnant women who are not physically active*

About the Study

Qualified study participants will complete 3 study visits to the Pennington Biomedical outpatient clinic between 21 and 36 weeks of pregnancy. A Pennington Biomedical team member will also visit the hospital or birth center at the time of delivery to collect a sample of the placenta and umbilical cord.

Study Design

Number of Visits:

  • 1 screening visit
  • 3 clinic visits during pregnancy


  • Body measurements (height, weight, etc.)
  • Vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, etc.)
  • Activity monitoring
  • BODPOD Scan (to measure body fat)
  • Questionnaires
  • Exercise treadmill test
  • Muscle biopsy
  • Leg MRI
  • Placenta and umbilical cord collection at the time of delivery

Study Qualifications

To qualify for this research study, participants should:

  • Be a woman less than 21 weeks pregnant
  • Be 18 – 40 years old
  • Have a Body Mass Index between 18.5 - 30 prior to becoming pregnant calculate your BMI

Study Duration

Participation in this research study will last approximately 5 months.


Participants will receive up to $500 upon completion of the study.

Study Contact

If you are interested in volunteering for the Mito Moms study, click here to screen online, call 225-326-0546 or email

If you think you may be eligible, please click the button below to screen online.


Please do not fill out this questionnaire for anyone other than yourself unless you are their legal guardian.
If you know someone who may be interested please direct them to the site or have them call us directly at 225-763-3000.


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