A University of Newcastle study will assess the use of smartphones as a new method for pregnant women to record their nutritional intake.

Diet Bytes and Baby Bumps asks participants to use a smartphone application to photograph their meal and snack choices and record an audio description. The collected data will be provided to an Accredited Practising Dietitian, who will provide feedback to the women on their food choices.

The purpose of the research is to evaluate the new method of assessing the dietary intake of Indigenous and non-Indigenous pregnant women.

Lecturer in nutrition and dietetics Dr Megan Rollo, is running the Diet Bytes and Baby Bumps study, which will focus on Newcastle women and indigenous women in Tamworth.

‘‘What we’re interested in is the diets of pregnant women and trying to remove the burden of recording what they eat and drink,’’ she said. 

Dr Rollo is looking for Indigenous women who are less than 24 weeks into their pregnancy who reside in Tamworth and non-Indigenous women, less than 24 weeks pregnant who live in Newcastle. Participants must be older than 18 and have no current medical conditions.

To sign up for the study email DBBBStudy@newcastle.edu.au.

University of Newcastle health researchers work in collaboration with HMRI – a partnership with the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Health and the community.

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