LIPP Study

Study Type

Women's Health

Study Purpose

The LIPP research study will evaluate if a mother’s lifestyle changes prior to pregnancy can help improve the health of their baby.

About the Study

Qualified study participants will be randomly assigned to either the lifestyle intervention or normal living group. The lifestyle intervention group will receive a personal trainer, structured diet plans, and behavior counseling. The normal living group will be provided with instructions on diet and weight management, and healthy pregnancy care.

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:

  • 2 screening visits
  • Up to 13 study visits
  • Up to 12 weeks of supervised exercise sessions, 3-5 days per week


  • Body measurements (height, weight, etc.)
  • Vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, etc.)
  • Physical exam
  • Activity monitoring
  • Body composition testing
  • Electrocardiogram (to measure heart health)
  • Questionnaires
  • Dietary assessments/counseling
  • Supervised exercise
  • Resting metabolic rates
  • Oral glucose tolerance tests
  • Blood tests
  • Exercise treadmill test
  • Placenta and umbilical cord collection at the time of delivery

Study Qualifications

To qualify for this research study, participants should:

  • Be 18 – 40 years old
  • Have previously given birth to a full term baby (greater than 37 weeks)
  • Be planning to have another baby within the next 24 months.
  • Not be a smoker
  • Not be diagnosed with diabetes

Study Duration

Participation in this research study will last up to 30 months.


Lifestyle intervention participants will receive up to $540, a FitBit®, and up to 18 months of personal training and diet counseling sessions. 

The normal living group will receive up to $2,250, as well as receiving current guidelines for exercise, dietary, and pregnancy health.

Both groups are eligible for childcare at no cost when attending study visits and training sessions at Pennington Biomedical.

Study Contact

If you are interested in volunteering for this research study, click here to screen online, call 225-964-4488 or e-mail

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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