Women Out Walking: A Pregnancy and Cannabis Use Study

What is the Women Out Walking study? 
Research suggests that prenatal cannabis use is linked to poorer health outcomes for both mother and baby. Some women may use cannabis to help with depression, anxiety, and physical symptoms that come with pregnancy. Our study aims to address these symptoms with a physical activity program specifically designed for pregnant women. We hope that this 12-week program will also decrease cannabis cravings.

Women enrolled in our program will be provided with support and advice for gradually increasing their physical activity during pregnancy. All participants will also receive a small, easy-to-use physical activity monitor to help keep track of daily exercise.
What is the purpose of this study? 
The purpose of our research study is to develop a physical activity program specifically designed for pregnant women to help reduce or abstain from cannabis use during pregnancy.
Is this study for me? 
You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria.

Key Criteria: 

  • 18+ years old
  • Between 12-25 weeks pregnant
  • Used cannabis at least weekly in the 3 months before pregnancy
  • Have the desire to quit or reduce cannabis use
  • Experiencing anxiety, depression, or stress
  • Own a smartphone
What will happen if I participate in the study?
Once enrolled, this study involves:
  • Brief phone screen to determine eligibility for a baseline assessment
  • Baseline assessment (2 hours) where, if eligible, you will receive a FitBit to use during the program
  • Remote or in-person study orientation (45 minutes), where you will learn about physical activity and about how the program works
  • Wearing your FitBit for the 12-week duration of the study
  • Phone or video sessions (5-20 minutes) with a researcher every 2 weeks to problem-solve and address potential difficulties
  • Urine toxicology screenings at baseline, at the end of the study, and postpartum
Will I be paid for being in this research study?
Participants will be compensated up to $225 for their time.
Will it cost me anything to participate in this study?
There is no cost to participate in our study.


Contact Form

To learn more about the study please contact our research team at 401-602-2863 or complete the form below:

Butler Hospital

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