About the Study

Researchers at the University of Colorado are analyzing the data from a completed research study in an effort to learn about a mother’s metabolism and how it relates to their baby. There is also an interest in learning more about how extra glucose (sugar) and lipids (fat) during pregnancy could cause babies to be born with excess fat. The information obtained from this study could ultimately lead to safe and effective interventions, both during and after pregnancy, which may help to decrease the risk of childhood obesity. This study was funded by the National Institute of Health.

What happened in the study?

The participant's care involved 8 visits during her pregnancy as well as 3 visits during her baby’s first year of life.

·  The participant was asked to wear a continuous glucose monitor and participate in two 5 hour study visits spaced 3 months apart. The participant also received 3D fetal ultrasounds.

·  Researchers collected an infant blood sample at the time of the usual blood draw after birth and measured mother and infant’s body composition.

·  Researchers measured the baby’s growth over 1 year. 

Who joined the study?

Pregnant Women who:

·  Lived in the Denver Metro Area.

·  Were between 18-35 years old and 10-14 weeks along.

·  Stayed in the Denver metro area for one year postpartum.

·  Were overweight, or had a history of gestational diabetes.


Funded by the National Institute of Health

Principal Investigator: Dr. Lynn Barbour, MD, MSPH

Approved by COMIRB #07-0535