Can a mobile app improve nutrition for women before and during pregnancy

Dr Sarah Hillier, Dr Caroline Childs

Season 1


Clear understanding of:
  • The effects of poor nutrition on pregnancy and maternal outcomes
  • The effectiveness of nutrition lifestyle apps for supporting healthy eating
Be aware of:
  • Pre-trial protocol publications
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Limitations of mobile apps
Be able to:
  • Critically analyse a Randomised Control Trial
  • Consider how/if this research may be used in practice


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Dr Sarah Hillier, Course Leader for the Applied Human Nutrition Programme at Solent University, Southampton

Expert speaker

Dr Sarah Hillier
Course Leader for the Applied Human Nutrition Programme at Solent University, Southampton. Chaired by Dr Caroline Childs

Dr Sarah E. Hillier is the Course Leader for the Applied Human Nutrition Programme at Solent University, Southampton. She is a Fellow of the HEA, a Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) and a regional rep for London & SE. Sarah believes Purbeck Honeycomb Hash is the best ice cream in the world.

Paper reference

This session will discuss the May 2020 article exploring the effectiveness of the Smarter Pregnancy app designed by the Erasmus Medical Centre team in the Netherlands. The lifestyle intervention app aims to empower women to adapt a healthy diet prior to conception and during early pregnancy.

About Journal Club Chair, Dr Caroline Childs

Each Journal Club session is chaired by Dr Caroline Childs, Nutrition and Metabolism subject lead in Medicine at the University of Southampton. She received student-nominated awards for ‘most engaging lecturer’ and ‘best pastoral support’ and a colleague-nominated award for teaching excellence. Dr Childs is a Nutrition Society Ambassador and a South East Regional Representative for the Association for Nutrition.

As she says, “Developing skills in critical appraisal is an essential part of being a competent nutrition professional – whether you’re a dietitian, nutritionist or health professional specialising in nutrition.”


Nutrition research reported in the media often highlights mixed or contradictory results between studies. So, as a nutrition professional, how can you ensure you use the strongest available evidence to inform your practice?


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