Pregnancy Fitness: The Sport of Motherhood
This course is sold off-site by World Instructor Training Schools
Author: Sheila Watkins, M.S.
This workshop will provide the fitness / health professional with basic leadership and technical skills to provide safe, effective, functional and motivating exercise programming and coaching for the pregnant client wishing to exercise in conventional settings. Screening techniques, physiological, anatomical and psychological changes, cardiovascular exercise, strength training and basic nutritional concerns of the pregnant exerciser will be addressed.
Course Learning Outcomes:
- List 3 goals of a perinatal fitness program.
- List 3 physical and 3 psychological benefits of maternal exercise.
- List the absolute and relative contraindications to exercise according to the latest ACOG Guidelines.
- Describe the contents of an effective screening tool for prenatal clients.
- Identify warning signs to stop exercise for prenatal clients.
- Briefly discuss physiological changes of pregnancy with regard to the circulatory, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems and their exercise implications.
- Briefly describe 4 anatomical changes of pregnancy and their exercise implications.
- Define diastasis recti and its exercise implications and demonstrate the procedure used to check a pregnant client for this condition.
- Briefly discuss cardiovascular conditioning modifications for the pregnant client with respect to frequency, intensity, duration and mode.
- Identify 2 methods of monitoring exercise intensity that may be utilized by pregnant clients.
- List 3 benefits of beginning or continuing a strength training program prior to or during pregnancy.
- List 6 “Mommy Movement Patterns” and exercise examples.
- Briefly discuss the importance of a pre-exercise snack for the pregnant exerciser and give 2 examples.
- Describe and demonstrate “core breathing” and cite the importance of teaching this technique to your pregnant clients.
- Define pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and 3 symptoms that mom may experience that might indicate this condition.
This course provides two hours of continuing education credit (i.e., 2 CECs) for W.I.T.S.