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                                                  Collection for the PALS (Pregnancy and Lifestyle Study), a community-based study of lifestyle on fertility and reproductive outcome

                                                  Published:

                                                  05 December 2017

                                                  In order to assess the possible effects of lifestyle on fertility and pregnancy outcome, the PALS (Pregnancy and Lifestyle study) collected extensive data on a broad range of parameters termed ‘lifestyle’ from couples who were planning a natural (non-assisted) pregnancy in the coming months. There was no intervention. Participants were recruited over a six year period from 1988 to 1993 in response to extensive promotion in the local media. Male and female partners were interviewed independently and all interviews were conducted prospectively before the couple attempted to conceive. The result of each month of ‘trying’ was recorded and pregnancies were confirmed by urine tests and by ultrasound. The length of gestation of each pregnancy was recorded and pregnancies at term were classified with respect to weight. Multiple pregnancies and/or babies with congenital abnormalities have been excluded from the dataset. This collection contains two datasets. An open access de-identifiable dataset and a restricted identifiable set.

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                                                  Other resources collected by the researchers may be available subject to researcher approval. Please contact Dr Judy Ford.

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                                                  Start date: 01 Jun 1988
                                                  End date: 01 Aug 1993

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                                                  • Administrative Officer/Interviewer
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                                                  • Administrative Officer/Study Manager & Interviewer
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                                                  • Technical Assistant/Interviewer
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                                                  Chappel, J, Ford, J, Kersnovske, L, Suttle, J 2017, Collection for the PALS (Pregnancy and Lifestyle Study), a community-based study of lifestyle on fertility and reproductive outcome, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, viewed 15 December 2017, retrieved from <https://data.unisa.edu.au/Collection.aspx?CollectionID=96136>.