Every pregnancy is unique, and each is influenced by a thousand different factors – from your genes and your age to what you eat. We're looking everywhere for answers to what makes a healthy pregnancy. Sometimes the places we look don’t fit into boxes easily.
Other current research
Other current research
Half of women are prescribed medicines during pregnancy, but we don’t know enough about their safety and long-term health effects, for mother or baby. Our researchers are involved in an international collaboration which hopes to answer some these questions.
Tommy's researchers are developing a new way to test interventions to prevent miscarriage.
Our researchers are looking at better ways to manage pregnancies affected by eFGR.
Consistent with ageing, the placenta in older mothers does not work as effectively. Researchers supported by Tommy’s are investigating why this happens.
Sickle cell disease is a serious inherited illness and can lead to pregnancy complications. We want to find out why.
In this study we will compare placentas from normal and Fetal Growth Restricted-affected pregnancies to identify what the important signals might be.
Studying twins helps us to work out the importance of genes and environmental influences on health and disease.
Drugs which could help prevent pregnancy complications can’t reach the placenta effectively. Tommy’s researchers are making use of ‘homing peptides’ to deliver drugs directly to the placenta. This work could help to prevent pregnancy complications and stillbirth.
Several studies have shown that the womb may not work as well in older women. This may be because the muscle produces less energy so that contractions are less effective, so labour isn't triggered in the same way as in younger women.
From studying 1,300 women, Tommy's researchers found that running for fun is safe and can be recommended as a way to stay fit during pregnancy.
Researchers have studied over 1,000 women who took part in the UPBEAT trial to try and find out more about babies that are heavier than normal.
Women over 35 are more likely to have a stillbirth. Researchers supported by Tommy’s are looking at how the placenta may play a role in this, and are testing how we can stop stillbirths by making sure the placenta is healthy.
CLAHRC South London is a body of researchers, doctors and NHS managers working to improve healthcare south of the River Thames. Two studies are currently looking at pregnancy care: “Birth and Beyond” and “POPPiE”.
Tommy’s are helping to train the carers of the future, so that we can continue giving women the best pregnancy care possible.
Scientists are looking at the bacteria that live in the vagina to see if certain types of bacteria can affect pregnancy.