Exercise Physiology in Pregnancy: Cardiovascular, Metabolic & Musculoskeletal
Pregnancy Pilates and yoga are no longer the only option presented to pregnant clients – and Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are the best placed practitioners to help provide education, guidance and exercise prescription and programing for a healthy active pregnancy.
This course is written by an Exercise Physiologist FOR Exercise Physiologists currently working with, or looking to begin work with antenatal clients. It explains the physiological changes and adaptations that occur across the cardiorespiratory, metabolic and musculoskeletal system during pregnancy, and the interactions on exercise and activity. It also provides key prescreening, absolute and relative contraindications to exercise in pregnancy, and an exercise library for each trimester of pregnancy.
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Exercise Physiology in Pregnancy – At the completion of this course you will:
1 Understand the multiple physiological changes (cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, musculoskeletal, neurological) that occur during
pregnancy, and how these alter exercise response, modalities and intensity.
2 Be confident in safely recommending appropriate physical activity and exercise to women in all trimesters of pregnancy (including prescreening, knowledge of relative and absolute contra-indicators and common pregnancy aliments, injuries and disorders).
3 Know the short and long-term benefits associated with exercise for both mother and offspring, including the latest evidence and research outcomes.
4 Have the skill set to design and implement a specific and appropriate exercise prescription for ‘apparently healthy’ pregnant women in all trimesters of pregnancy.
5 Appropriately modify exercise prescription for some common musculo-skeletal injuries or conditions that occur in pregnancy
(including sacroiliac joint pain, pubic symphasis pain, lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and edema).
Presented by Esme Soan
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology from QUT, Esme has had a passion for preconception, pregnancy and postnatal health, and the importance being physically active can have on the short and long term health outcomes for both mother and baby.
After completing 16 months of research with the Centre for Nutrition and Exercise at Mater Research/ Griffith University, learning more about exercise during pregnancy, and especially the impact exercise has to manage Gestational Diabetes Melltus (GDM), Esme has used her knowledge base to begin work as a clinician specializing in Women’s Health at Pear Exercise Physiology: Pregnancy & Women’s Health.
Esme is the director and Exercise Physiology lead with The Womens Health Collective (WHC). The WHC is a platform that brings together women’s health experts from all areas of allied health, midwifery and psychology. Open to all who want to learn more, ask why and work within an interdisciplinary network, we are clinicians who are not satisfied with just functional, but who want to support women to run, jump, lift, perform and prosper.