Pregnant woman

Are you pregnant…and feeling slightly stressed and anxious?
Did you know that your maternal mood during pregnancy and after childbirth may affect breastfeeding, your ability to cope with motherhood and your child’s development?

If you feel stressed and anxious, one of the things you can do is try to improve your mood, even before your baby is born.
While postnatal blues and anxiety are important issues, let’s not forget about prenatal anxiety too. Being in a good mood will help you cope better with breastfeeding and caring for your newborn.

How can you tell if you aren’t feeling fine?
You find yourself worrying about anything and everything. You feel disconnected from your family, friends, work and daily activities. It is easy to feel a little stressed, anxious and lost during pregnancy. This is, after all, a significant life-changing moment.

But mild anxiety and not being in the best of moods in pregnancy and after delivery may weaken your ability to cope with motherhood, and affect your breastfeeding experience. In the long term, all this may have an impact on your child’s behaviour and development.

This is why, together with Société des Produits Nestlé S.A, we are investigating the role of probiotics in pregnancy, and how they can help put mothers-to-be in a better mood.

Pregnant and moody

Can probiotics improve your mood during pregnancy and after delivery?
We invite you to take part in the PROMOTE study. If you are between 20 weeks and 28 weeks pregnant, do contact us. The PROMOTE study will investigate if a probiotic powder (taken as a drink) can help improve your mood, and whether it is best consumed during pregnancy and/or after delivery.

What else do I need to know?

  • The study begins at the start of the third trimester of pregnancy and ends three months after delivery.
  • You will consume one stick pack of the probiotic (or a placebo) every evening with a meal.
  • You will be asked to refrain from consuming other probiotic supplements during the study.
  • You will be asked to provide saliva and stool samples.
  • You are free to leave the study at any time.

Where will the study take place? 
Study visits will be conducted at your home. If you prefer, visits can also be done at SICS, A*STAR, or conducted online via video conferencing.

Will I be compensated for taking part? 
You will be reimbursed for your time and contribution.

Do I have to pay to take part?
There is no cost to you for taking part in this study.

Who can join the Promote study?

  • Pregnant women, recruiting from week 20 to 30 of pregnancy (even if you don't fall precisely within this window, please feel free to register your interest if you are keen to participate and we will get back to you)
  • Aged above 21
  • In good health
  • Having a singleton, low-risk pregnancy
  • Willing to stay in the study until three months after delivery

To find out more, please call us at (+65) 6407 0364, email us at, or simply fill in the form below.

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