Oxford University researchers looking for feedback on BUMP pregnancy app!

Hi everyone! As always, I’m very passionate about the importance of Patient and Public Involvement in research (PPI). So I’m delighted to have another project to recommend you get involved with! This one concerns the new BUMP pregnancy app, developed by Oxford University. I’ll let the project team tell you more…

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Dr Moscho Michalopoulou – Behavioural Scientist-Postdoctoral Researcher
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Stella Haffner – Research Assistant

Body awareness and support for mums during pregnancy (BUMP)

Are you currently pregnant or have been pregnant before?

Do you live in the UK?

The BUMP pregnancy app

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We have developed a new mobile application (BUMP) designed to support women and birthing people to manage their weight gain during pregnancy.

Women can use this app to measure and log their weight every week during pregnancy, and track their weight gain progress on a chart. The app provides feedback on whether the weight gain is within, above, or lower than published recommended weight gain ranges,1,2 and if weight gain falls outside of these recommendations, the app signposts to resources and tips on how to manage weight during pregnancy.

With this app, we hope to help women and birthing people increase their knowledge and their confidence in managing their weight gain in pregnancy, but we want to do so in a non-stigmatising way, so we need your help.

Patient and Public Involvement

We are looking for women and birthing people with experience being pregnant (either currently or in the past), to provide us with feedback on the BUMP app. This will include having a video call with a member of our research team for up to 1 hour. We will discuss about any experience you might have of weight advice or management during pregnancy, and then we will show you the app and ask about your thoughts on it.

You will be reimbursed £30 for your time via bank transfer.

This small patient and public involvement (PPI) activity is part of a wider research project, the BUMP feasibility study, which aims to investigate whether it is possible for women to weigh themselves regularly using the BUMP app, how well they will engage with the app from early or mid-pregnancy until before delivery, and what their experiences of using this app-based programme are.

If this app-based programme is feasible and well-liked, we will run a bigger study to test whether the BUMP app can help women to effectively manage their weight gain, and whether it has an effect on pregnancy health outcomes. But before we conduct any study, we need to design the BUMP app as best as we can, so that we provide a useful tool to women who would like to manage their weight during pregnancy. Therefore your input on the app design and features is valuable.

The BUMP study, including this small PPI activity, has been funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) as part of the Oxford and Thames Valley Applied Research Collaboration.


If you are interested in having this discussion with us, please contact us at bumpstudy@phc.ox.ac.uk


  1. Rasmussen KM, Catalano PM, Yaktine AL. New guidelines for weight gain during pregnancy: what obstetrician/gynecologists should know. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2009;21(6):521-6. Epub 2009/10/08. doi: 10.1097/GCO.0b013e328332d24e. PubMed PMID: 19809317; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPMC2847829.
  2. Goldstein RF, Abell SK, Ranasinha S, Misso M, Boyle JA, Black MH, et al. Association of Gestational Weight Gain With Maternal and Infant Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2017;317(21):2207-25. Epub 2017/06/07. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.3635. PubMed PMID: 28586887; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPMC5815056.

Tell the researchers what you think of their app!

Thanks Moscho and Stella!

I believe they’re only planning on interviewing around 40 people in this preliminary study, so if you think this is something where our voices should be heard (I do!), please speak up!

Leave a reply here to get involved!