Michelle Mottola

Maternal, Fetal & Newborn Health Dr. Michelle Mottola
Scientist
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Affiliations

Scientist, Division of Maternal, Fetal & Newborn Health, Children’s Health Research Institute
Director, R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation – Exercise and Pregnancy Laboratory, Western University
Associate Professor, Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Kinesiology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

How my research helps children

I have conducted research on the effects of maternal exercise on both the mother and the developing fetus for the past 20 years. My research has shown a mother’s nutrition and activity levels have a large impact on the prevention of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and may be able to prevent the development of obesity in the growing baby.

Research

Current Research

The Exercise and Pregnancy laboratory is the only research lab in North America that focuses on pregnant and post-partum women who want to exercise. The main focus of the lab is nutrition and activity levels of mothers and the effects they have on the health of the mother and her expectant child.

Research Team

Dr. Margie Davenport has just completed her PhD in May of 2010 and has moved on to a postdoctoral position with Dr. Marc Poulin at the University of Calgary with a Heart and Stroke Foundation Fellowship for 2 years. In addition, Dr. Stephanie-May Ruchat is beginning a Postdoctoral Fellowship in my lab funded by the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Future Research Plans

Future research plans are to continue investigating the effects of our Nutrition and Exercise Lifestyle Intervention Program for overweight and obese pregnant and postpartum women and also women diagnosed with gestational diabetes. We are also interested in why the program is successful by examining mechanisms involved in the circulation and at the skeletal muscle level.

Awards & Grants

Awards

Excellence in Teaching  – Awarded by Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University (2011-12)

University Student's Council Honour Roll Award of Excellence for Teaching  – Awarded by USC, Western University (2009-10)

Lab chosen to represent Faculty of Health Sciences for "Make a Difference Campaign" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dVrxzpZUUs)  – Western University

Nominated for London 2009 Women of Distinction Award – YMCA-YWCA London

Excellence Award in Teaching – Awarded by Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University (2006-07)

Grants

Funding for "Evidence-based Update to the Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines for Exercise During Pregnancy: Optimizing Maternal/Fetal Health" - Knowledge Synthesis Grant - Awarded by Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Knowldege Translation Strategy Unit.

Funding in support of "Be Healthy in Pregnancy (BHIP) with Nutrition & Exercise"  – Awarded by Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

Funding in support of "Bringing an evidence-based Nutrition and Exercise Lifestyle Intervention Program (NELIP) for obese pregnant women into clinical practice" – Awarded by Children's Health Research Institute (CHRI) & Obstetrics/Gynaecology Translational Research Grant

Funding in support of "Obesity prevention during pregnancy and newborn – Awarded by Estate of Margaret May Dodge Research Grant

Funding in support of "Families Defeating Diabetes: Canadian Intervention for Family-centered Diabetes Prevention following Gestational Diabetes (GDM)" – Awarded by Bridges Grant (IDF & Eli Lilly granting agency)

Funding in support of “Preventing childhood obesity: early intervention during pregnancy and first year postpartum for overweight and obese women using a two-pronged family-based Nutrition & Exercise Lifestyle Intervention Program (NELIP)” – Awarded by Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) and Rx&D Health Research Foundation

Funding in support of “The effects of acute exercise on tobacco cravings and withdrawal symptoms in pregnant women” – Awarded by Canadian Tobacco Control Research Initiative

Funding in support of “A Nutrition & Exercise Lifestyle Intervention Program (NELIP) for women with gestational diabetes” – Awarded by The Lawson Foundation

Funding in support of “Capacity building and participatory research development of a community-based Nutrition & Exercise Lifestyle Intervention Program (NELIP) for pregnant and postpartum Aboriginal women” – Awarded by Canadian Institute of Health Research

Funding in support of “Bone metabolism in activity-restricted high-risk hospitalized pregnant women” – Awarded by The University of Western Ontario

Recent Publications

Publications

Integrating Exercise is Medicine into the care of pregnant women
Joy E, Mottola MF, Chambliss H
Current Sports Medicine Reports. 2013; 12(4):245-7

Pregnancy and Lifestyle: Short- and Long-Term Effects on Mother’s and Her Children’s Health. Luoto R, Mottola MF, Hilakivi-Clarke L
Journal of Pregnancy. 2013; Volume 2013, Article ID 537526, 2 pages

Physical activity and maternal obesity: Cardiovascular adaptations, exercise recommendations and pregnancy outcome
Mottola MF
Nutrition Rev. 2013; 7(Suppl1):S31-S36

Guidelines for physical activity during pregnancy:  Comparisons from around the world
Evenson KR, Barakat R, Brown WJ, Dargent-Molina P, Haruna M, Mikkelsen EM, Mottola MF, Owe KM, Rousham EK, Yeo S
Am J Lifestyle Med. 2013 August 19

Physiological and metabolic responses of late pregnant women to 40 minutes of steady-state exercise followed by an oral glucose tolerance perturbation
Mottola MF, Inglis S, Brun C, Hammond JA
J Appl Physiol. 2013; 115(5):597-604

Timing of excessive pregnancy-related weight gain and offspring adiposity at birth
Davenport MH, Ruchat S, Giroux I, Sopper M, Mottola MF
Obstet Gynecol. 2013 August; 122(2, PART 1):255-261

The important role of physical activity in the prevention and management of gestational diabetes mellitus
Ruchat SM, Mottola MF
Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 2013; 29(5):334-46

Bone status in activity restricted pregnant women assessed using calcaneal quantitative ultrasound
Brandao KL, Mottola MF, Gratton R, Maloni J
Biol Res Nursing. 2013 April 2; Volume 15 Issue:pp. 203-210

The effect of activity restriction on deoxypyridinoline (Dpd) excretion in high-risk hospitalized pregnant women
Vanderspank D, Bernier SM, Sopper MM, Watson P, Mottola MF
Biological Nursing Res. 2013; 15(4):417-425

Pregnancy and Exercise
Mottola MF
In: Sports Nutrition. A Practice Manual for Professionals (5th edition). 2012

Preventing long-term risk of obesity for two generations: Prenatal physical activity is part of the puzzle
J Pregnance. 2012; Article ID: 470247, 33 (doi: 10.1155/2012/470247)

2012 Health benefits of physical activity during pregnancy: An international perspective
Mudd L, Owe K, Mottola MF, Pivarnik JM
Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2012 Aug 14;

Effect of exercise intensity and duration on capillary glucose responses in pregnant women at low and high risk for gestational diabetes
Ruchat SM, Giroux I, Hillier M, Batada A, Davenport MH, McManus R, Mottola MF
Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 2012; 28:669-678

Feasibility of incorporating a bed-rest exercise program during a twin pregnancy: Case reports
Brun C, Hammond JA, Mottola MF
Open J Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2012; 2:250-254

The effect of activity restriction on deoxypyridinoline (Dpd) excretion in high-risk hospitalized pregnant women
Vanderspand D, Bernier SM, Sopper MM, Mottola MF
Biological Nursing Res. 2012 Oct 17

Exercise during pregnancy: Reviewing the PARmed-X for Pregnancy Guidelines
Mottola MF
Can J Diagnosis. 2012; 29(4):70-72

Walking program of low or vigorous intensity during pregnancy confers an aerobic benefit
Ruchat SM, Davenport MH, Giroux I, Hillier M, Batada A, Hammond JA, Sopper MM, Mottola MF
Inter J Sports Med. 2012; 33:661-666

Nutrition and exercise reduce excessive weight gain in normal weight pregnant women
Ruchat SM, Davenport MH, Giroux I, Hillier M, Batada A, Sopper MM, Hammond JA, Mottola MF
Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2012; 44(8):1419-1426

Influence of hyperglycemia during and after pregnancy on postpartum vascular function
Davenport MH, Goswami R, Shoemaker JK, Mottola MF
Am J Physiology - Reg Integr Comp Physiol. 2012; 302(6):R768-75

Capacity-building and participatory research development of a community-based Nutrition and Exercise Lifestyle Intervention Program (NELIP) for pregnant and post-partum Aboriginal women:Information gathered from Talking Circles
Mottola MF, Sopper MM, Doxtator L, Big-Canoe K, Prapavesis H, Harris S, Hanley T
International Indigenous Policy J. 2011; Vol. 2 Issue 2, article 8: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/iipj/vol2/iss1/8

Bed-rest-exercise, activity restriction and high-risk pregnancies: A feasibility study
Brun C, Shoemaker JK, Bocking A, Hammond J, Poole M, Mottola MF
Applied Physiol Nutrit Metabolism. 2011; 36(4):577-82

Bone status in activity restricted pregnant women assessed using calcaneal quantitative ultrasound
Brandao KL, Mottola MF, Gratton R, Maloni J
Biol Res Nursing. 2011 Oct.13; epub ahead of print

Postpartum exercise regardless of intensity improves chronic disease risk factors. Davenport MH, Giroux I, Sopper MM, Mottola MF. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2011;43(6):951-958

Exercise guidelines for women with gestational diabetes. Mottola MF, Ruchat SM. In: Gestational Diabetes. 2011

Exercise and pregnancy: Canadian guidelines for health care professionals. Mottola MF. In: Wellspring. 2011

Increased incidence of gestational diabetes not explained by pre-pregnancy obesity in London, Canada. Davenport MH, Campbell MK, Mottola MF. BMC: Pregnancy Child Birth. 2010 Dec 24;10(1):85. [Epub ahead of print]

Physical activity and weight control during pregnancy. Mottola MF. In: Advances in Physical Activity and Obesity. 2010

Resistance Training Strategies during Pregnancy. Mottola MF. In: Resistance Training for Special Populations. 2010

Nutrition and exercise prevent excess weight gain in overweight pregnant women Mottola MF, Giroux I, Gratton R, Hammond JA, Hanley A, Harris S, McManus R, Davenport MH, Sopper MM Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2010 Feb;42(2):265-72

Weight history of overweight pregnant women Giroux I, Lander S, Charlesworth S, Mottola MF Can J Diet Pract Res. 2009 Autumn;70(3):127-34

Impact of pregnancy and obesity on cardiorespiratory responses during weight-bearing exercise Davenport MH, Steinback CD, Mottola MF. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2009 Jul 31;167(3):341-7.

Exercise prescription for overweight and obese women: pregnancy and postpartum Mottola MF Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2009 Jun;36(2):301-16

Additional publications

Contact

Contact

Phone: (519) 661-2111, x85480
Fax: (519) 661-2008
Email: mmottola [at] uwo [dot] ca
Website: http://www.uwo.ca/fhs/EPL

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