Sweet PEA Study: How the diet of pregnant women affects the growth and development of their babies


This study looks at how what pregnant women eat and drink affects the growth and development of their babies. We’re looking for pregnant women in Los Angeles who are interested in joining our study. Joining the study is easy and monetary compensation for participation is available.

Take the eligibility survey now or contact us on the form on the right side if you have questions.

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Study Sites

Children's Hospital Los Angeles, The Saban Research Institute, 4661 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

  • Women
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18 - 40

What's involved?

Study length
  • 1.5 years

Number of visits
  • 2 Online visits (during pregnancy)

  • 3 In-Person CHLA visits (when your baby is 1, 6, and 12 months old)

  • None

  • Mom and baby’s stool sample

  • Breast milk sample

  • Baby body composition scan

  • Baby MRI

  • Health questionnaires

  • We offer monetary compensation for your time and participation. We also provide transportation or parking validation.

Medical cost coverage
  • None


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Must have

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Be less than 28 weeks pregnant
  • Not yet had a gestational diabetes test

About the Sweet PEA Study

Expecting a sweet new addition to your life? The Sweet PEA Study, a Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Research Study, aims to understand how diet affects infant growth and development. The Sweet PEA Study is looking for pregnant women who have not taken their gestational diabetes test yet. For participation, we offer $50 for each of the 2 phone calls and $100 for each of the 3 in-person visit at CHLA for a total of $400. Each visit is expected to last 1 to 3 hours. As we know new moms are very busy we also provide transportation to participants in the Los Angeles area or parking validation. The Sweet PEA Study’s Principal Investigator is Dr. Michael Goran. Please visit sweetpeastudy.com or contact the study coordinator at (323) 203-5461 to learn more! Participating in this research study is voluntary.

Study Team

Principal Investigator
Michael Goran, PhD

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Research study materials

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