Mums turn to Twitter for pregnancy tips

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MUMS-TO-BE might soon turn to Facebook and Twitter for the latest medical support, if a health study involving pregnant northern women proves successful.

The two-year study ... will gauge how social networking can encourage healthy pregnancies.

The University of Adelaide project will survey what forms of social media have the most influence over mums-to-be.

It will then develop new ways to communicate health advice to them via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and text messages.

This could include anything from reminding them to take medication or attend appointments, to encouraging them to avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.

... the study would help provide correct lifestyle and dietary information to pregnant women.

... Dr Michael Wilmore hoped the study would lead to healthier babies ...

It's sad that women are being encouraged away from their care providers and towards non-relationship-based care when we know the benefits of continuity of carer. The best outcome is where a woman feels comfortable to ask her midwife or obstetrician all of her questions and feel supported in her care.

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