10 Contact Hours

This course describes changes and issues that can occur during pregnancy and include guidelines for designing a prenatal and postpartum therapeutic exercise program for expecting mothers to help reduce risks and promote health. This is an introductory course for physical and occupational therapists as well as athletic trainers. Includes text by Gwen Hyatt, MS and Catherine Cram, MS.

About the Authors:

Gwen Hyatt, MS in gerontology, has taught at Bemidji State University, Minnesota and at the University of Arizona, and is co-founder and president of Desert Southwest Fitness, Inc. She has been a pioneer in the field of educational training for fitness professionals since 1980, and is highly respected for her work with exercise in aging and special populations. Gwen is a member of the Advisory Board for the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), and has served on numerous American Council on Exercise (ACE) committees, including the ACE Faculty Advisory Board, as well as an item writer for ACE. She has authored 14 correspondence courses, presented at 15 IDEWA conventions, and taught over 30,000 fitness professionals.

Catherine Cram, MS in Exercise Physiology from San Diego State University, was the director and instructor of a hospital-based material exercise program prior to starting her consulting company, Comprehensive Fitness Consulting, LLC which provides prenatal and postpartum fitness certification training and information for maternal healthcare providers, fitness professionals, and military medical staff. Catherine has written texts and articles for numerous journals dealing with prenatal and postpartum fitness and health, including a video for the American College of Sports Medicine Health Learning Series. Catheirne has been a featured speaker at medical, fitness and materianl healthcare provider conferences, is on the board of Expert Advisors, and is a material exercise consultant on the website,

Audience: PT, OT, Athletic Trainers

Skill Level: Beginner

Contact Hours: 10

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

Teaching Methods: Course content is derived from Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Design by Gwen Hyat, M.S. and Catherine Cram, M.S. and includes supplemental learning activities and final exam.

REQUIRED TEXT: Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Design by Gwen Hyatt, M.S. and Catherine Cram, M.S. (Used with permission from the authors and DSWFitness)

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all learning activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate how cardiovascular, circulatory, respiratory, metabolic, thermal and musculoskeletal changes during pregnancy impact exercise strategies;
  2. Identify contraindications to beginning or continuing a physical activity program;
  3. Apply through case study analysis, guidelines for developing, monitoring and modifying an exercise program to accommodate the various physical needs of the individual expecting mother;
  4. Develop a prenatal exercise program for expecting mothers;
  5. Develop a postnatal program; and
  6. Recognize a therapist s responsibilities when working with an expecting mother.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Developing a Therapeutic Exercise Program for the Expecting Mother

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3. Coursework - Developing a Therapeutic Exercise Program for the Expecting Mother

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4. Course Final and Survey - Developing a Therapeutic Exercise Program for the Expecting Mother

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The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion