Research Study for
Pregnant Women
Join a research study at the University of Pittsburgh studying health behaviors during and after your pregnancy.
Visits Conducted in Pittsburgh, PA
Compensation Provided
Expecting One Baby
Less than 17 weeks pregnant
Fast Facts
Study Background
The perinatal period, from pregnancy through the first postpartum year, has important implications for a woman's health.

Approximately two-thirds of American women are overweight or obese and rates of obesity prior to pregnancy are increasing dramatically. Rates of gestational diabetes mellitus, pre-pregnancy hypertension, and preeclampsia also have increased since 2000, and women who are OV/OB prior to pregnancy are at higher risk for preeclampsia, and gestational hypertension than are normal-weight women.

The purpose of this study is to determine the best combination of lifestyle intervention to improve maternal health, and psychological symptoms at 1 year postpartum. Your participation can help you as well as pregnant women in the future.
Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
The purpose of this study is to determine the best combination of lifestyle intervention to improve maternal health, and psychological symptoms at 1 year postpartum.
Is this study for me?
You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria.

Key Criteria:
  • You are older than 14 years of age
  • You are less than 17 weeks pregnant
  • You are expecting only one baby
What will happen if I participate in the study?
All women will meet with the study team 4 times:
  • Early in pregnancy
  • End of pregnancy
  • 6 months postpartum
  • 12 Months postpartum

You may receive an intervention or a newsletter about health during pregnancy.
You may receive an intervention or a newsletter about health during the postpartum period.
Intervention involves meeting with us and weekly phone calls and text messages.
Will I be paid for being in this research study?
All women will be compensated for research study visits. Women may earn up to $250.
Will it cost me anything to participate in this study?
There is no cost for you to participate in our research program.