The purpose of this research study is to examine whether a 10-week pedometer-based walking program can help women who are experiencing anxiety, stress or depression during their pregnancy.
Women enrolled in the Women Out Walking Program will be invited to participate in a structured 10-week walking program. Participants will be provided with support and advice for gradually increasing their physical activity during the current pregnancy. All women enrolled also receive a small, easy-to-use pedometer to help keep track of their daily exercise.
Assessment interviews are scheduled at your convenience, and you can walk indoors or outdoors during times that work best for you!
Who Can Enroll?
You may be eligible if:
- You are 18 years of age or older
- You are between 12 and 24 weeks pregnant
- You are not currently involved in a regular exercise program
- You have been feeling anxious, stressed or depressed during the current pregnancy
Will I have to pay for the program?
- No, there is no cost for being a part of the program.
- At the completion of the program you will be provided with compensation and a new pedometer to keep!
How do I sign up?
- Please call 401-455-6303
- Ask for the Women Out Walking Program
- During the call, we may set up an in-person appointment to talk with you more
Symptoms of depression and anxiety are common during pregnancy, affecting 10-20% of women. Many women are concerned about taking medications for depression while pregnant.
Regular exercise programs have been shown to improve mood and decrease stress. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends regular walking as a safe and healthy way to stay fit during pregnancy.
The use of pedometers (stepcounters) is an easy way to keep track of your progress and stay motivated.
More pre- and post-natal research studies at Butler Hospital
Improving Mood During Pregnancy: Prenatal Yoga Program (Butler)
Postpartum Support Study (Butler)
Treatment Decisions During Pregnancy Study (Butler)
Cynthia L. Battle, PhD