Pregnancy, Baby Weight, and Body Image Study



My name is Dr. David Hutson (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Penn State-Abington) and I am conducting phone interviews with women on the topic of pregnancy and body image—specifically the experience of putting on and trying to take off “baby weight.” Additionally, I am particularly interested in talking with women who were employed at a job (outside of the home) during their pregnancy. Interviews are conducted by phone and go for approximately 45 minutes. Interviewees will receive a $25 Gift Card for participating.

If you are interested in participating and feel you meet the requirements, please contact me at your earliest convenience to schedule an interview: Dr. David J. Hutson,

Frequently Asked Questions

What is this study about?

This research is about the experiences of pregnancy with a focus on body image and putting on/taking off “baby weight.” I am also interested in people’s reactions to pregnancy and the pregnant body—from friends and family members to co-workers, bosses, employees, and partners.  

Who is eligible to participate in this study?

I am recruiting women who are 18+ years old and who are either currently pregnant or have given birth within the past 3 years. Women of all sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome to participate.

What does my participation in this study involve?

If you agree to be part of the study, I will interview you via telephone on a day and a time of your choosing. Each interview lasts about 45 minutes, and is structured more like a conversation, rather than a questionnaire. At the end of the interview, you will receive a $25 Gift Card for participating.

What if I change my mind about participating?

Your participation in this project is entirely voluntary, and all data are kept confidential. You may decide against participation before the interview, as well as elect to skip any questions you’d rather not answer during the interview. You may also discontinue participation at any time, without penalty, even in the middle of the interview. You may ask me questions about this study at any time during the process, including after the interview has ended. 

What are the benefits of participating?

You will receive a $25 Gift Card for your time at the end of the interview. Your contribution in this research will help others better understand the experience of pregnancy weight and body image. Additionally, you will get the opportunity to express your thoughts, feelings, and opinions on a variety of topics during the interview.  

Who can I contact if I have questions about the study?

If you have questions about this IRB-approved study (#00003816), including eligibility for participation, scheduling an interview, or to request additional information, you may contact:

David J. Hutson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

236F Woodland Building

1600 Woodland Road

Penn State University, Abington

Abington, PA 19001


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