Study Participants FAQ

Do I have to give blood?

The main point of the study is to look at nutrient levels in the blood of participants. In order to participate, women must provide the first blood sample.

Do I have to participate?

No, you are a volunteer. Participants are free to drop out of the study at any time by contacting us.

Does my child have to give blood?

No, but we encourage you to participate in this part of the research. The construction of our DNA biobank will require a very small amount of blood (about half a teaspoon). We could also use a saliva sample from the child if blood collection is not an option.

Can I sign up later?

No, women can only join the study before 27 weeks gestation.

I have a friend who might want to be in this study.

The APrON Study is currently not recruiting new participants.

Why can’t I participate if I am under 16 years old?

We need to get consents of parents for those under 16, which is sometimes difficult.

Can we do the questionnaires over the phone?

If you prefer, we can certainly call you or meet you somewhere to do them in person.

How much time will this take?

We estimate the total time over 12 years, but we will continue the study as long as we have the funding. Our vision is to follow the children of APrON until they might have their own babies one day in the future!