Health before pregnancy to improve outcomes

Dr Angela Flynn, Dr Caroline Childs

Season 2


Clear understanding of:
  • Preconception health behaviours and risk factors
  • Health behaviours of UK women planning pregnancy
  • Preconception intervention evidence
Be aware of:
  • Importance of preconception health
  • Preconception recommendations
  • Summary of evidence on preconception intervention
Be able to:
  • Summarise the key messages around the importance of preconception health, the latest scientific evidence and the current guidelines in the UK


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Professor Mike Lean - Clinical Senior Research Fellow/Honorary Consultant, School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing, University of Glasgow

Expert speaker

Dr Angela Flynn
Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences at King’s College London

Dr Angela Flynn is a Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences at King’s College London. She started her career as a community pharmacist in Ireland and subsequently completed an MSc in Nutrition followed by a PhD in Maternal Nutrition at King’s College London. Her research focuses on developing and testing interventions to improve outcomes for women before, during and after pregnancy, particularly women at higher risk of developing pregnancy complications. Other interests include looking at the relationship between maternal micronutrient status and pregnancy outcomes. She also works closely with other health professionals on projects aimed at improving preconception and pregnancy health.

Paper reference

The session discusses the paper: Myo-Inositol, Probiotics, and Micronutrient Supplementation From Preconception for Glycemia in Pregnancy: NiPPeR International Multicenter Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial

This paper assesses the effect of a preconception and pregnancy intervention on pregnancy outcomes. In a randomized controlled trial, it investigated whether a nutritional formulation containing myo-inositol, probiotics and multiple micronutrients (intervention), compared with a standard micronutrient supplement (control), taken preconception and throughout pregnancy could improve pregnancy outcomes.

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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