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Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Design Online CE Course 4E

Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Design Online CE Course 4E

$135.95 CAD


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    • Workbook

    • Continuing education exam

    Discover what every fitness professional working with pre- and postnatal women should know about designing safe and appropriate exercise routines with the Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Design, Fourth Edition CE Course. Learn the effect of exercise on maternal and fetal health and how to set intensity levels and modify exercise based on guidelines from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOCG). This course covers the latest research; demonstrates appropriate core strengthening and pelvic floor exercises; and includes suspended body-weight, flexibility, relaxation, and breathing exercises. It also suggests guidelines for strength training, water exercise, and competitive sports during pregnancy.

    This self-guided course allows you to work at your own pace and explore the material through a comprehensive text and study guide, finishing with a 55-question exam composed of multiple-choice and true-or-false questions.

    Course Objectives

    • Identify the current research and the effects of exercise on maternal and fetal health.

    • Describe anatomical and physiological changes that occur during pregnancy.

    • Discuss the current American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and international guidelines for exercise during pregnancy and postpartum.

    • Outline safe and appropriate exercise design for prenatal and postpartum women and discuss considerations for training during pregnancy and postpartum.

    • Identify specific and appropriate exercises and activities for prenatal and postpartum women.

    • Explain the benefits and guidelines of water exercises for pregnant clients.

    • Outline suggestions for initiating or enhancing a prenatal and postpartum exercise program.

    • Identify postnatal exercise goals and program design considerations for recover from both vaginal birth and cesarean delivery.

    • Identify complications and common conditions of pregnancy and postpartum and management strategies.

    • Discuss fitness practitioners’ professional responsibilities, including health screening, monitoring exercise, record keeping, and emergency procedures.

    • Identify available resources that can be used in prenatal and postpartum exercise instruction and programming.


    A continuing education course for personal trainers, group exercise instructors, and fitness professionals working with pregnant and postpartum women.

    About This Course

    Chapter 1 Benefits of Exercise During and After Pregnancy

    Effect of Prenatal Exercise on Maternal Health

    Effect of Exercise on Fetal Health

    Effect of Postpartum Exercise on Maternal Health and Infant Growth

    Self-Check Quiz

    Chapter 2 Anatomy and Physiology of Pregnancy

    Cardiovascular and Circulatory Changes During Pregnancy

    Respiratory Changes During Pregnancy

    Metabolic and Thermal Changes During Pregnancy

    Anatomical Changes During Pregnancy

    Self-Check Quiz

    Chapter 3 Prenatal Exercise Prescription

    ACOG Guidelines Reaffirmed 2009

    International Guidelines for Exercise During Pregnancy and Postpartum

    Prenatal Exercise Design

    Prenatal Exercises

    The Pregnant Competitive Athlete

    Self-Check Quiz

    Chapter 4 Postnatal Exercise Prescription

    Postnatal Expectations

    Vaginal Birth Recovery Program

    Cesarean Delivery Recovery Program

    Scar Mobilization

    Core Strengthening Exercises After Cesarean Delivery

    Postpartum Exercise Prescription

    Abdominal Rehabilitation

    Strength Training

    Proper Body Mechanics and Ergonomics

    Exercise and Breastfeeding

    Check Points

    Self-Check Quiz

    Chapter 5 Maternal Exercise Program Design

    Instructor Responsibilities


    Program Goals

    Fitness Components

    Exercise Session Format


    Mainstreaming the Pregnant Student

    Self-Check Quiz

    Chapter 6 Complications and Common Conditions of Pregnancy and Postpartum

    Obstetrical Complications

    Common Conditions

    Bed Rest

    Self-Check Quiz

    Chapter 7 Professional Responsibilities

    Health Screening for Physical Activity

    Monitoring Exercise

    Record Keeping

    Scope of Practice

    Emergency Procedures

    Self-Check Quiz

    Self-Check Quizzes Answer Key

    Client Handouts

    Nutritional Needs During Pregnancy

    Weight Gain During Pregnancy

    Essential Nutrients During Pregnancy

    Common Complaints and Problems During Pregnancy

    Exercise Dos and Don’ts for Prenatal Women

    Nutritional Needs Postpartum and When Breastfeeding

    Weight Loss While Breastfeeding

    Lifting and Carrying Safely

    Proper Body Mechanics When Lifting Your Baby


    Health History Questionnaire

    Status of Current Pregnancy

    Physician Consent Form

    Maternal Fitness Class Record




    About the Authors

    Catherine Cram, MS, is the owner of Comprehensive Fitness Consulting, LLC, a company that provides the most current, evidence-based prenatal and postnatal fitness continuing education courses and information to health and fitness professionals.

    Catherine is coauthor of the 2012 edition of Exercising Through Your Pregnancy with Dr. James Clapp. She is the author of Fit Pregnancy for Dummies (Wiley, 2004) and a contributing author for Women’s Health Care in Physical Therapy (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009). Her patient education manual, Prenatal Fitness Exercise During Pregnancy, is part of the Army’s Uncomplicated Pregnancy education resources. She was appointed as the International Childbirth Education Association Perinatal Fitness Subgroup chair in 2013. Catherine received her master’s degree in exercise physiology in 1988.

    Gwen Hyatt, MS, founded DSWFitness (Desert Southwest Fitness, Inc.) Center for Continuing Education in 1980 to provide continuing education for fitness, health, rehabilitation, and clinical professionals. With master’s degrees in exercise science and gerontology, Hyatt is highly respected for her work in exercise and aging. In 2013 DSWFitness was acquired by Human Kinetics, and Hyatt served as the director of continuing education for Human Kinetics until her retirement in August 2015. Hyatt is a former faculty member at Bemidji State University and the University of Arizona. She is a recipient of the 2005 ACE Fitness Educator of the Year Award, the Southern Arizona Small Business Award for Excellence as a Woman-Owned Business, the Utah Fitness Instructors Association Leadership Award, and the Arthur Anderson Small Business Award. For more than 40 years Hyatt has been an industry educator and role model.

    “This course gave me valuable information to further my career goal in teaching and training prenatal and postnatal courses at my gym.”

    C. Gilmore—California, KY

    “An excellent course chock-full of knowledge on program design and bodily changes in pregnant clients.”

    W. Lightfoot—Jersey City, NJ

    “I have gained a detailed look into the physiological and psychological effects of pregnancy. I have learned to be more in tune to the changes incurred by pregnancy and to be more sensitive of pre- and postnatal conditions.”

    A. Pacheco—Mountain View, CA

    “I lead postpartum physical training for the military and will apply the knowledge in this course to the participants.”

    J. Noess—Sierra Vista, AZ, Uruguay

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 2 reviews
    Melanie Grauds
    Very comprehensive

    Great resource!

    Kelly Gonzalez

    Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Design Online CE Course-4th Edition