txt4two program 

Welcome to the txt4two healthy lifestyle program. This study is being run from late 2019 and into 2020 by Mater Mothers’ Hospitals' dietitians and antenatal services.

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What is txt4two? 

txt4two is a personalised mHealth (mobile health) program that supports women through their pregnancy. Its aim is to support women to achieve their dietary and exercise goals through regular communication through texting, links to quality online information, videos, and recipes developed by Mater Dietitians, Physios, Midwives and Obstetricians. 

The txt4two program was developed and evaluated in a Victorian maternity hospital to determine how well it promoted healthy eating, physical activity and healthy weight gain in pregnant women. Women who took part in the program gained significantly lower weight compared with women who didn’t take part. Most women engaged regularly with the program, with the majority (97.6%) reporting that the intervention was helpful. Women who took part in the program also managed to maintain healthy physical activity levels for longer through pregnancy.

Am I eligible for txt4two?

Women are eligible if they are attending Mater Mothers' Hospital for public antenatal care, are in early pregnancy and have started their pregnancy with a Body Mass Index (BMI) above the healthy weight range (>25kg/m2). Entry into the program is between 10 and 18 weeks of pregnancy. You will be able to click here to register your interest once the trial starts in 2020.

If you can't make it to Mater Mothers' in person for your appointments, we recommend choosing our telehealth option.

Participation in txt4two involves:

  • An initial 30 minute goal setting appointment with one of our dietitians (by one of three methods—an appointment in antenatal clinic, an appointment via telehealth (like Skype or Facetime) or as part of our Healthy Start to Pregnancy early pregnancy workshop. We will endeavour to meet your needs and will notify you of your appointment time if you are eligible, but you may receive your second or third preference).
  • A series of supportive and informative text messages will be sent to you for your whole pregnancy to encourage and check in on your progress towards your goals, to link you with relevant Mater Mothers resources, recipes and videos about healthy diet choices. You’ll be able to text us back to let us know how you are tracking, if you choose.
  • Two 10 minute surveys (between10 to18 weeks of pregnancy and another at around 36 weeks). Both surveys will be accessible by a link that will be sent to you by text (or will be done at your first appointment). In the surveys you will answer a few questions about what you eat, what exercise you are doing, your weight gain, and how this changes over your pregnancy. Participation in this survey is voluntary.  

If you choose to no longer be a part of the study, you will be able to opt out at any time. More information about this can be found on the information form.

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Women who complete each survey will go into the draw to win one of three $50 Coles vouchers per survey.


txt4two resources

txt4two Goal Planner

txt4two Booklet


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