Women’s health and lifestyle behaviours

We are investigating the benefits of lifestyle interventions during pregnancy and postnatally.

The prevalence of obesity in women continues to rise and pregnancy is a high-risk time for excessive weight gain.

The fact that most women do not lose extra weight gained during pregnancy is significant because postnatal weight retention contributes to the development of obesity in later life and increases the risk of complications in any future pregnancy.

Our research is investigating innovative solutions to delivering physical activity and weight management interventions at scale, to women across the lifespan, to reduce their risk of future disease and ill health.

Theme lead

Amanda Daley

Professor Amanda Daley

Professor of Behavioural Medicine, Centre Director

Research spotlights

2021

  • Tyldesley-Marshall N, Greenfield SM, Parretti HM, Jolly K, Jebb S, Daley AJ. The experiences of postnatal women and healthcare professionals of a brief weight management intervention embedded within the national child immunisation programme. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2021; 21(1):462. DOI: 10.1186/s12884-021-03905-3.

  • Daley AJ, Jolly K, Ives N, Jebb SA, Tearne S, Greenfield SM, Yardley L, Little P, Tyldesley-Marshall N, Bensoussane H, Pritchett RV, Frew E, Parretti HM. Practice nurse-supported weight self-management delivered within the national child immunisation programme for postnatal women: a feasibility cluster RCT. Health Technol Assess. 2021; 25(49):1-130. DOI: 10.3310/hta25490.

  • Tudor K, Tearne S, Jebb SA, Lewis A, Adab P, Begh R, Jolly K, Daley AJ, Farley A, Lycett D, Nickless A, Aveyard P. Gender differences in response to an opportunistic brief intervention for obesity in primary care: Data from the BWeL trial. Clin Obes. 2021;11(1):e12418. DOI: 10.1111/cob.12418

  • Daley AJ, Jolly K, Ives N, Jebb SA, Tearne S, Greenfield SM, Yardley L, Little P, Tyldesley-Marshall N, Bensoussane H, Pritchett RV, Frew E, Parretti HM. Practice nurse-supported weight self-management delivered within the national child immunisation programme for postnatal women: a feasibility cluster RCT. Health Technol Assess. 2021;25(49):1-130. DOI: 10.3310/hta25490

  • Tyldesley-Marshall N, Greenfield SM, Parretti HM, Jolly K, Jebb S, Daley AJ. The experiences of postnatal women and healthcare professionals of a brief weight management intervention embedded within the national child immunisation programme. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2021;21(1):462. DOI: 10.1186/s12884-021-03905-3

2020

  • Daley AJ, Jolly K, Bensoussane H, Ives N, Jebb SA, Tearne S, Greenfield SM, Yardley L, Little P, Tyldesley-Marshall N, Pritchett RV, Frew E, Parretti HM. Feasibility and acceptability of a brief routine weight management intervention for postnatal women embedded within the national child immunisation programme in primary care: randomised controlled cluster feasibility trial. Trials 2020;21(1):757. DOI: 10.1186/s13063-020-04673-9

  • Thomas A, Daley AJ. Women's views about physical activity as a treatment for vasomotor menopausal symptoms: a qualitative study. BMC Women’s Health. 2020;14;20(1):203. DOI: 10.1186/s12905-020-01063-w 

  • Pearce E, Jolly K, Jones LL, Matthewman G, Zanganeh M, Daley AJ. Exercise for premenstrual syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. BJGP Open. 2020;4(3):bjgpopen20X101032. DOI: 10.3399/bjgpopen20X101032

  • Parretti HM, Ives NJ, Tearne S, Vince A, Greenfield SM, Jolly K, Jebb SA, Frew E, Yardley L, Little P, Pritchett RV, Daley A. Protocol for the feasibility and acceptability of a brief routine weight management intervention for postnatal women embedded within the national child immunisation programme: randomised controlled cluster feasibility trial with nested qualitative study (PIMMS-WL). BMJ Open. 2020;10(2):e033027. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033027

2019

  • Daley AJ, Jolly K, Jebb SA, Roalfe A, Mackilllop L, Lewis A, Clifford S, Usman M, Ohadike C, Kenyon S, MacArthur C, Aveyard P. Effectiveness of a behavioural intervention involving regular weighing and feedback by community midwives within routine antenatal care to prevent excessive gestational weight gain: POPS2 randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open. 2019;9(9):e030174. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030174

  • Ferguson JA, Daley AJ, Parretti HM.  Behavioural weight management interventions for postnatal women: A systematic review of systematic reviews of randomized controlled trials. Obesity Reviews 2019;20:829-841. DOI: 10.1111/obr.12834 

  • Evaluation of a weight management intervention for postnatal women embedded within child immunisation appointments in primary care (PIMMS). Funded by NIHR. Led by Amanda Daley.