Researchers use “crowd-sourcing” website to invite women to share what pregnancy is really like!
For all that we know about pregnancy problems, we seem to know relatively little about the everyday pregnancy experience. For instance, what changes do women see in their sleeping patterns or energy levels? What unique challenges do women with physical disabilities face in their pregnancies?
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health are trying to answer these and other questions through a new research project called PregSource, which facilitates women sharing info about pregnancy symptoms and overall health through the free, confidential PregSource website.
AWHONN’s Healthy Mom&Baby is partnering with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and other organizations to encourage moms-to-be to join this nationwide community of women to help shape pregnancy care. Because each woman experiences pregnancy differently, researchers want to learn about these unique experiences to answer questions like, how many women get morning sickness? What are the patterns of weight gain during pregnancy?
PregSource is a tool for pregnant women to:
• Track their weight, mood, sleep, diet, and physical activity
• Share health updates with their health care providers
• Compare their experiences with those of other pregnant women across the nation
• Get expert health information from trusted sources without ads or product placement–including many articles from Healthy Mom&Baby
Healthy Mom&Baby is encouraging readers to consider joining PregSource to track your daily progress and inform the pregnancy crowd-based research platform. Unlike other sites, PregSource collects information only for research purposes, meaning your personal information, like names and phone numbers, will remain secure and confidential.
PregSource also will not sell your information, and you will not receive ads for pregnancy- or baby-related products or services through the site. The project is not testing any medical treatments—it’s just collecting information about pregnancy.
Sign up at: https://pregsource.nih.gov/.
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