Women's health study to assess how pregnancy changes muscle metabolism

Women's health study to assess how pregnancy changes muscle metabolism

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center is looking for pregnant women to participate in an ongoing study.

The Mito Moms research study will assess how different levels of physical activity during pregnancy may change your muscle metabolism and how it may be translated to your baby.


  • How your bodies convert food into energy to power everything we do

Qualified women who are picked for the study will complete 3 study visits during their pregnancy at the Pennington Biomedical outpatient clinic.  The visits will happen between 21 and 36 weeks of your pregnancy.  A Pennington Biomedical team member will also visit the hospital or birth center at the time of delivery to collect a sample of the placenta and umbilical cord.

Participation in this research study will last approximately 5 months.


  • Body measurements (height, weight, etc.)
  • Vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, etc.)
  • Activity monitoring
  • BODPOD Scan (to measure body fat)
  • Questionnaires
  • Exercise treadmill test
  • Muscle biopsy
  • Leg MRI
  • Placenta and umbilical cord collection at the time of delivery


  • Be a woman less than 21 weeks pregnant
  • Be 18 – 40 years old
  • Have a Body Mass Index between 18.5 - 30 prior to becoming pregnant

You can calculate your BMI here.

Participants will receive up to $500 upon completion of the study.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Mito Moms study, get started by filling out the online screening. You can also call 225-326-0546 or email moms@pbrc.edu to see if you qualify for this research study.

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