Effect of a Commercially Available Carbohydrate Rich Gel on Maternal Fatigue: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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Recruitment Status : Not yet recruiting
First Posted : December 30, 2015
Last Update Posted : March 15, 2017
Melissa March
Alison Bauer
Gaetan Pettigrew
Daisy Hassani
Celina Cunanan
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
David Sheyn, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Brief Summary:
Women in active labor will be given energy gel at 45-60 minute intervals and their fatigue level will be compared to women receiving usual practice care i.e. clear liquids only.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Effect of Carbohydrate Ingestion During Active Labor Dietary Supplement: energy gel Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 190 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Effect of a Commercially Available Carbohydrate Rich Gel on Maternal Fatigue: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Study Start Date : August 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date : February 2018
Estimated Study Completion Date : January 2019

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MedlinePlus related topics: Fatigue

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: energy gel
women will be given 22 g of carbohydrates every 45-60 minutes for up to 8 hours or until delivery during the active phase of labor
Dietary Supplement: energy gel
energy gel: gelatinous edible containing carbohydrates typically used during endurance races

No Intervention: control
women will be given only clear liquids during labor

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Fatigue [ Time Frame: every 2 hours until delivery ]
    evaluated by visual analog scale

  2. duration of labor [ Time Frame: from start of active phase until delivery ]
    will measure time to delivery and duration of 2nd stage of labor

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients must be 18 years or older as well as willing and able to provide informed consent
  • Patients with BMI < 35 kg/m^2
  • Gestational age >37 weeks

Exclusion Criteria:

  • - Patients younger than 18 years,
  • Patients unable or unwilling to provide informed consent,
  • Patients who are illiterate,
  • Patients who are non-English speaking or reading,
  • Patients who are University Hospital employees,
  • Patients undergoing induction of labor for maternal or fetal indications other than elective induction after 39 weeks or induction for post-term pregnancy
  • Multi-fetal gestations (>1 intrauterine pregnancy),
  • Patients with a history of GI disorders such as hyperemesis gravidarum, inflammatory bowel disease or irritable bowel syndrome
  • Patients with an increased risk of aspiration such as BMI >35 kg/m^2, severe GERD, gastroesophageal motility disorders,
  • Patients with acute or chronic platelet dysfunction (e.g.: idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, HELLP syndrome) which may necessitate need for general anesthetic for Cesarean delivery
  • Patients with history of peptic ulcer disease,
  • Patients who have a contraindication to epidural placement and would require general anesthestetic in event of Cesarean delivery
  • Patients with suspected or proven placenta accreta, increta or percreta,
  • Patients with excessive nausea or vomiting during labor
  • Patients with a history of food allergies or allergies to specific components found in the energy gel.

Responsible Party: David Sheyn, Resident, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Identifier: NCT02642588     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UHCaseMC
First Posted: December 30, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 15, 2017
Last Verified: March 2017

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Signs and Symptoms