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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.
This program has been approved by Lamaze International for 8.5 Lamaze Contact Hours (LIN 16-07). These hours may be applied towards recertification as an LCCE educator under the learning competencies 1 - 3.
- 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.
Skills Active / REPs pre requisites can be found here:
Table of Contents
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
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
Chapter 3 Prenatal Exercise Prescription
ACOG Guidelines Reaffirmed 2009
International Guidelines for Exercise During Pregnancy and Postpartum
Prenatal Exercise Design
The Pregnant Competitive Athlete
Chapter 4 Postnatal Exercise Prescription
Vaginal Birth Recovery Program
Cesarean Delivery Recovery Program
Core Strengthening Exercises After Cesarean Delivery
Postpartum Exercise Prescription
Proper Body Mechanics and Ergonomics
Exercise and Breastfeeding
Chapter 5 Maternal Exercise Program Design
Exercise Session Format
Mainstreaming the Pregnant Student
Chapter 6 Complications and Common Conditions of Pregnancy and
Chapter 7 Professional Responsibilities
Health Screening for Physical Activity
Scope of Practice
Self-Check Quizzes Answer Key
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
A continuing education course for personal trainers, group exercise
instructors, and fitness professionals working with pregnant and