Frequently Asked Questions - The Prospective Environmental Exposure in Pregnancy Study (PEEPs)

Below are frequently asked questions and answers about The Prospective Environmental Exposure in Pregnancy Study (PEEPs).

What is PEEPs?

  • PEEPs stands for Prospective Environmental Exposure in Pregnancy study
  • PEEPs looks at whether common environmental exposures affect fetal and child development
  • Since exposure to a pregnant woman may mean exposure to her fetus as well, we are particularly interested in looking at women during their pregnancy
  • We plan to enroll 250 women at Maternal Fetal Medicine Associates (MFMA) in New York, NY into PEEPs

Who can participate in PEEPs?

  • Women who come in to MFMA for a first prenatal visit by week 13 of pregnancy
  • 18 years of age or older
  • English speakers

What will I be asked to do if I join PEEPs?

  • Complete a questionnaire (online or with the help of a study coordinator) in each trimester
  • Complete a diary (about general wellbeing and medication use) and bring these to regularly scheduled office visits
  • Give PEEPs permission to store three samples of the urine you provide as part of your routine prenatal care at MFMA
  • Allow PEEPS to review and extract data from your ultrasound scans and your prenatal and birth records
  • Give PEEPS permission to recontact you in the future for follow-up studies

What will I receive if I participate?

  • PEEPS will give you a gift card ($10) for every trimester in which you complete a questionnaire and provide a urine sample, and another gift card ($25) when you hand in your last completed diary card

Who is conducting PEEPs?

  • PEEPs is led jointly by physicians at Maternal Fetal Medicine Associates and researchers in the Departments of Environmental Medicine and Public Health and the Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Funding for the study comes from the Mindich Child Health and Development Institute and the Department of Psychiatry

To learn more about PEEPs, call 212-824-7025