I generally don’t permit guest posters on my blog. But today I’m making an exception.
Recently I was contacted by Dr. Andrew Luks, an associate professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Washington. He’s doing research on pregnancy, exercise and the effects of high altitude exposure, and he’s looking for some help. As a skier, I think this type of research can be important. And since I’ve lately had a lot of contact with the medical community, I’m in a medical state of mind. (Full disclosure: my daughter just had open heart surgery. Thanks, she’s doing fine.) So take it away, Doc:
Very little is known about the safety of travel and exercise at high altitude during pregnancy. Furthermore, although exercise is considered safe during pregnancy, some activities, such as downhill skiing, are discouraged and many women modify their exercise regimes during pregnancy.
We are conducting a research project to study what kind of exercise women participate in during pregnancy and whether they travel to high altitude during pregnancy. Our goal is to use the information obtained in the survey results to provide advice to physicians and their pregnant patients who want to travel to high elevations. If you are physically active and have been pregnant you may be able to provide useful information for our study, which is being run jointly through the University of Washington and the University of Colorado.
If you choose to participate, you will find a link to the anonymous on-line survey at
the bottom of this email. The survey will take 15-20 minutes to complete and does not require you to provide any personal information.
Eligible participants are women who have completed a pregnancy and are physically active. You do not need to have been to high altitude during pregnancy to participate. If you are currently pregnant with your first pregnancy, please wait until after delivery to complete the survey.
Participation in this study is voluntary. You may decline to answer any question in the survey. All of the information you provide in the survey will remain anonymous. Although you will not benefit directly from this survey, we anticipate that information learned from the survey will help physicians and pregnant women who wish to travel and exercise at high altitude.
If you have any questions, feel free to email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, although please be reminded that the confidentiality of emails cannot be guaranteed. We appreciate your time and effort in completing this survey and look forward to reviewing the information you provide.
Follow this link to complete the survey:
Please remember to click on ‘submit’ at the end of the survey to ensure that your
answers are all saved properly.
Curious as to what the researcher’s definition of ‘completed a pregnancy’ is…
Kim, I asked Dr. Luks, who answered as follows:
“They simply need to have been pregnant and active during pregnancy and the pregnancy should have reached its conclusion. One of the things we assess in the survey is whether there were any complications.”
He also suggests that any questions be directed to either him or Linda Keys, his fellow researcher. Their email addresses are up above.