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Want help with boosting your health before you conceive?
In an Australian-first, Medibank has partnered with Monash University’s reproductive health experts1 to trial an innovative pre-pregnancy study. The study provides tailored health support to women who are planning to conceive within the next 12 months. Participants will receive complimentary, one-on-one health guidance and evidence-based information from pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy, and after birth2.
The research study aims to prevent and reduce the health risks for both mum and baby associated with gaining too little or too much weight during pregnancy. A recent Monash University study has revealed that around 50 percent of mums-to-be gain too much weight during pregnancy, while 23 percent gain too little3.
Get information and support from pre-pregnancy to postpartum developed in line with world-leading research
We’re now inviting eligible Medibank members to take part in the exclusive OptimalMe study, offering specialised phone and online support from exercise physiologists and nutritionists to help you and your future little one to be as healthy as possible.
About the OptimalMe study
Find out more information about the OptimalMe study and whether it works for you.
Many women worry about weight gain during pregnancy, which is why this complimentary study has been specially designed to provide respectful, supportive, and evidence-based health guidance that is tailored to you.
To help optimise your health and support you to feel your best, OptimalMe provides personalised, evidence-based dietary and exercise information to help you stay physically active and achieve a healthy weight before, during and after your pregnancy. To support your baby's healthy development, OptimalMe offers essential pre-pregnancy information on medical screening and vaccinations, smoking and alcohol intake, and diet and exercise. Importantly, our team of qualified health professionals will be available to provide one-on-one information and guidance each step of the way.
The OptimalMe study will be available both over the phone and online. This means it doesn’t matter where you live, you will be able to access this Australian-first support.
The OptimalMe study will conclude once 300 participants have completed the research trial.
If you’re interested in receiving support to optimise your health from pre-pregnancy to postpartum, and you answer yes to the following questions, you could be eligible to take part in the OptimalMe research study:
- Are you planning to conceive in the next 12 months?
- Are you a Medibank member with Pregnancy and birth included in your cover?
- Are you between 18 - 44 years of age?
- Can you speak and read English?
- Do you have access to phone and internet?
Whether you are planning to conceive, currently pregnant or have a young family, you probably have plenty of questions about COVID-19. Any respiratory illness (such as influenza) can cause serious complications for pregnancy, so it is advised that pregnant women take extra precautions in practising good hand hygiene and social distancing to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19.The OptimalMe study is delivered both over the phone and online. Therefore, physical contact is not required to participate in the study.
To learn more about COVID-19 and pregnancy health visit the Pregnancy, Birth, Baby website or call Pregnancy, Birth, Baby on 1800 882 436 to speak with a maternal child health nurse to discuss your general questions.
There is no charge to participate for Medibank members. Whether you choose to participate or not, there will be no adverse impact on your Medibank membership or premiums.
Interested in getting involved?
Places in the OptimalMe trial are limited to 300 participants. Participation is completely voluntary, and you can withdraw at any time.
At Medibank, we are proud to continue our long-standing tradition of supporting health and medical research. The Medibank Better Health Foundation aims to be a catalyst for positive change – investing in, advocating, promoting and disseminating research insights so that all Australians can live better.
1 Monash University. World’s largest study of how exercise and healthy diet interventions in pregnancy improve health of mothers and babies. (2019) Retrieved from https://www.monash.edu/news/articles/worlds-largest-study-of-how-exercise-and-healthy-diet-interventions-in-pregnancy-improve-health-of-mothers-and-babies
2 While we hope you find this information helpful, please note that it is general in nature. It is not health advice, and is not tailored to meet your individual health needs. You should always consult a trusted health professional before making decisions about your health care. While we have prepared the information carefully, we can’t guarantee that it is accurate, complete or up-to-date. And while we may mention goods or services provided by others, we aren’t specifically endorsing them and can’t accept responsibility for them. For these reasons we are unable to accept responsibility for any loss that may be sustained from acting on this information (subject to applicable consumer guarantees).
3 Association of Gestational Weight Gain With Maternal and Infant Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis (2017) Retrieved from: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2630599
4 Health Direct. (2020). Groups at higher risk of developing COVID-19. Retrieved from https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-groups-at-higher-risk-faqs#pregnant
Things you should know
While we hope you find this information helpful, please note that it is general in nature. It is not health advice, and is not tailored to meet your individual health needs. You should always consult a trusted health professional before making decisions about your health care. While we have prepared the information carefully, we can’t guarantee that it is accurate, complete or up-to-date. And while we may mention goods or services provided by others, we aren’t specifically endorsing them and can’t accept responsibility for them. For these reasons we are unable to accept responsibility for any loss that may be sustained from acting on this information (subject to applicable consumer guarantees).
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