Clinical Studies

The following is a list of the current research studies for women at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA. These research studies have been approved by the Institutional Review Board under FDA regulations at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.


Exercise Intervention in Pregnancy for Reduction of Blood Pressure in Obese Gravidas

Status: Active



  • Jaimey M. Pauli, M.D.



The purpose of this study is to see the effect of resistance exercise (using exercise bands) on blood pressure in pregnant women at risk for high blood pressure complications in pregnancy.



  • Pregnant and less than 13 weeks gestation
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) between 30 and 40
  • Able to do moderate exercise
  • Do not take medicine for high blood pressure
  • Do not have diabetes or a history of preterm labor


Additional Study Details:

Participants will be divided into three groups. The control group will participate in routine prenatal care. The exercise support group will receive additional exercise education and followup, and be asked to wear a pedometer and keep an activity log. The exercise intervention group will be taught resistance band exercises and given an exercise regimen to perform, as well as a pedometer and activity log.



General Clinical Research Center at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA.



Christine Bartlebaugh at 717-531-4484 or email



  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Exercise
  • Hypertension