Thank you for your interest in the Identifying the Effects of Position on Blood Pressure Measurement and Treatment in Pregnancy. We call it "POSTURE" for short.

We know that high blood pressure in pregnancy is a serious health problem and measuring blood pressure is the first line of diagnosis. We also know from research that various positions, such as sitting in a chair or standing up, change your blood pressure. However, most of these research studies have failed to include pregnant women.

The purpose of the POSTURE study is to see how blood pressure readings are effected by various positions in pregnant women. Therefore, we are inviting pregnant women to consider being part of this research study.

Participating in the study involves coming to the Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, IA for one 1-hour visit.

At this visit, we will do blood pressure measurements in three positions-sitting on chair, sitting on an exam table, and lying down on an exam table. We will also have you complete questionnaires regarding your activity levels and your use of items that may effect blood pressure, such as caffeine and smoking.

There is no cost for participating in this study, in other words you will not be charged for any of these tests and the results will not go into your medical records. We will compensate you with a $20 Target gift card for your time and effort involved in the study.

You must be over the age of 18 years to participate and currently pregnant.

Complete the information below if you are interested in participating in this study.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Donna Santillan, PhD , Research Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Iowa Health Care, Iowa City, IA 52242

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