APrON was developed by a team of expert researchers and clinicians from many disciplines including nutrition, psychology and psychiatry, family medicine, child development, neonatology (health of newborn infants), genetics, epidemiology (health of large populations) and biostatistics. The rationale of the study is based on lots of previous scientific studies on three topics:
- Nutrition affects mood
- Some nutrients might affect the events that happen around birth
- Prenatal nutrition might also have a significant influence on how a baby’s brain develops.
In the initial phase, we decided to build the APrON cohort but to do a much better job of evaluating prenatal nutrition than had been done in the past. We decided to ask women every trimester and once postpartum, and also to ask them for blood samples so that we could evaluate various nutrient levels. Later on, we collected data from the questionnaires when the children were 3-year and 5-year old.
The APrON study has changed its dimension of research in many ways in the past years. The investigators have been looking into topics such as socioeconomic status, child behaviour, child health and development, early childhood experiences, parenting, maternal health and wellbeing, and much more among APrON participants.
Our vision is to follow the children of APrON until they might have their own babies one day in the future!