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NPEU receive Athena SWAN Silver at Award Ceremony

NPEU Athena SWAN Academic Lead Maria Quigley and Deputy Lead Rachel Rowe were proud to receive the NPEU Athena SWAN Silver Award at a recent ceremony at Imperial College.

Read more about our Athena SWAN activities and about Working in the NPEU.  

Lifestyle interventions are safe in pregnancy, and help control weight gain

In an editorial published this week, Marian Knight and Charlie Foster highlight new evidence which provides reassuring information about the safety of physical activity in pregnancy. The evidence suggests that diet and physical activity interventions can help control weight gain.

Read the editorial, which is published in the BMJ.

New Physical Activity and Pregnancy Guidelines

Infographic illustrating guidelines for physical activity in pregnancy

The UK Chief Medical Officers have recently issued new guidance on physical activity in pregnancy, which has been developed by a collaborative group involving researchers and the design team at the NPEU. The new advice was constructed by the CMO Expert Committee for Physical Activity and Pregnancy, which included midwives, obstetricians, exercise physiologists, GPs, public health consultants, sports medicine experts, exercise professionals, nursing and research scientists. The aim was to produce evidence-based messaging for health professionals to use with the public. The infographic was developed and tested with panels of health professionals and pregnant women before consultation with more than 250 UK-based doctors and midwives.

The infographic, supported by an online FAQ document, highlights that physical activity helps to reduce hypertensive disorders, improve cardiorespiratory fitness, lower gestational weight gain and reduce the risk of gestational diabetes. It recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity each week.

Read more on the Department of Health website.

NPEU Will Showcase The Wonders of Early Human Life Exhibit at Oxfordshire Science Festival 2017

A team of staff and students from NPEU will be participating in the Oxfordshire Science Festival on Saturday 17 June 2017, from 12-5pm. The team will showcase our exhibit, The Wonders of Early Human Life, which focuses on the Unit’s exciting research into the challenges surrounding pregnancy, childbirth and infant feeding. Through a series of fun games and engaging discussions, you will learn how we use research to minimise problems during pregnancy, explore the intricacies of breastfeeding and design clinical trials. If you attend the festival, do stop by our exhibit for some interactive, hands-on learning and loads of fun!  

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