Online Course | Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise


As a society, we need to support pregnant women and new mothers with their healthcare and quality of life. Pregnancy and childbirth are one of the most impactful biological functions that occur. The long-term effects of pregnancy and childbirth are just beginning to be explored. There is a critical importance of educating and empowering women as well as their healthcare practitioners in responsible exercise and nutrition protocols. It is important to understand what types of exercise are most beneficial to the recovery process as well as what types of movement and activities are not recommended. If women can gain a better understanding of the effects of pregnancy and delivery on the body, and begin training properly even before conception, then the goals of reducing pelvic floor dysfunction conditions and improving physical and emotional strength are achievable.

Course learning objectives include:

  • Identify female anatomy and the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy.
  • Describe the role of 6 body systems in pregnancy and the stages of labor and birth.
  • Recognize the role of nutrition in a healthy pregnancy.
  • Describe 5 aspects of exercise during pregnancy and special considerations for pregnant clients.
  • Identify proper screening and assessment for exercise for a pregnant client.
  • Describe the role and importance of posture and breathing for a pregnant client.
  • Identify guidelines for cardiorespiratory, strength, and flexibility exercise during pregnancy.
  • Describe 5 underlying exercise techniques for exercise during pregnancy.
  • Explain how to safely and effectively perform 30 exercises during pregnancy.

Total Course Length = 3 hours, 35 minutes (18 total lessons; 2 quizzes)

Author: Danielle Spangler


Lesson Overview

Module 1: Prenatal

  • Lesson 1: Pregnancy Defined and an Introduction to the Prenatal Client
  • Lesson 2: Anatomy and Physiology of Pregnancy Across All Trimesters
  • Lesson 3: Effects of Pregnancy on the Female Body’s Systems
  • Lesson 4: The Key Hormones During Pregnancy
  • Lesson 5: Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Defined and Orthopedic Conditions
  • Lesson 6: Prenatal Exercise, ACOG Guidelines, High-Risk Considerations, Exercise Contraindications During Pregnancy
  • Lesson 7: Integrated Prenatal Assessments and Screening
  • Lesson 8: Practical Prenatal Program Design
  • Lesson 9: Prenatal Nutrition
  • Lesson 10: Prenatal Case Studies

Module 2: Postpartum

  • Lesson 11: Postpartum Defined and Introduction to the Postpartum Client
  • Lesson 12: Labor and Delivery, Postpartum Anatomy and Physiology, and Phases of Postpartum
  • Lesson 13: The Key Hormones During Postpartum
  • Lesson 14: Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Related Conditions
  • Lesson 15 Integrated Postpartum Assessments, Exercise Considerations and Techniques
  • Lesson 16: Practical Postpartum Exercise Design
  • Lesson 17: Postpartum Nutrition
  • Lesson 18: Postpartum Case Studies

MedFit Classroom CEUs

This online course provides 3.5 CEUs toward renewal of some MedFit Classroom Specializations. Download our online course CEU chart (PDF) find out what specializations it will provide credit CEUs for.

About the Author

As a mother of three, Danielle understands the physical challenges women face during pregnancy, childbirth and recovery on both a personal and professional level. Danielle has been a fitness professional for over 20 years. This has fueled her passion for helping pregnant women and new mothers through this physical and emotional journey, thus giving her the expertise of pre and postnatal fitness specialist.

Danielle has a B.S in Kinesiology and received credits towards her Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in pre & postnatal fitness from the University of North Texas. In addition to her degree in movement, Danielle has had several different personal training certifications including Gray Institute Certified Applied Functional Science, National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), AFAA and Cooper Aerobics Institute of Dallas. After working as the pre and postnatal “master trainer” for the prestigious Sports Club/LA for five years, and giving birth to her first child, Danielle wrote the prenatal fitness continuing education course for the NASM. Danielle also wrote and consulted for publications such as FitPregnancy magazine.

Danielle created the Bionic Mommy program in 2015 after working in corporate fitness for many years and observing a lack of safe and effective exercise programming for the pre and postnatal population. Most recently Bionic Mommy has evolved into “CoreMom”, Corrective Obstetrical Related Exercises for purposes of creating a pre and postnatal small group-training program in a variety of fitness facilities. Under her Core Mom teacher training curriculum, Danielle’s goal is to train other qualified fitness professionals and group exercise instructors on teaching pre and postnatal small group exercise classes using her method.