Boston, Massachusetts 02114

  • Depression


The purpose of the Preconception and Pregnancy Obesity Treatment and Prevention Among Women with A History of Depression preliminary study is to provide a lifestyle intervention for women with a history of depression who are trying to conceive or are pregnant in order to prevent excessive pre-pregnancy weights, avoid excessive gestational weight gain, and to improve other markers of metabolic health. The treatment program consists of 10 private sessions with a trained clinician at no cost to participants.

Study summary:

The investigators are evaluating a new lifestyle intervention to help women with a history of depression who are pregnant or trying to conceive to learn to exercise, eat well, and live a healthy lifestyle. They are interested in examining if this therapy-based program can positively impact eating and exercising habits and see if the treatment is enjoyable. All participants will receive this intervention.


Inclusion Criteria: - History of depression - Pregnant in first trimester or planning to become pregnant within next year - Ability to give informed consent - Age > or = 18 and < 45 years - Overweight or obese (Body mass index > 25 kg/m^2) Exclusion Criteria: - Unwilling/unable to comply with study procedures - Endorsed item on the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) - Diagnosis of anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa in the past month - Diagnosis of substance dependence in the past month - Active suicidality (Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) item 10 score > 4) - Exercising regularly (i.e., 5 days per week for 30 min) - Neurologic disorder or history of head trauma - Contraindications to exercise or diet interventions (e.g., co-morbid nutritional and metabolic diseases, physical injuries, contraindications to exercise for pregnant women)



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Louisa Sylvia, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital

Samantha Walsh, BS
Phone: 617-643-2076

Backup Contact:


Location Contact:

Boston, Massachusetts 02114
United States

Samantha Walsh, BS
Phone: 617-643-2076

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source:

Date Processed: June 28, 2022

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