presented by Catherine Cram
Financial Referenced two books that I receive royalties on sales “Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Design” “Exercising Through Your Pregnancy” No financial disclosures
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Catherine Cram, MS
Catherine Cram, MS, is an exercise physiologist and the owner of Comprehensive Fitness Consulting, LLC. Comprehensive Fitness Consulting provides evidence-based maternal fitness information and continuing education course training to health and fitness professionals. Catherine developed the continuing education certificate course, Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Design (Human Kinetics, 2016) with Gwen Hyatt. She co-authored the 2012…Read full bio
1. Benefits of Prenatal Exercise
Research in the field of maternal fitness has shown that in uncomplicated pregnancies there are multiple benefits to including a fitness program throughout pregnancy.
2. Physiological Changes of Pregnancy and the Impact of Exercise on Maternal and Fetal Well-Being
Pregnant women undergo significant cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and metabolic changes during the span of pregnancy. This chapter covers how exercise affects maternal adaptations to the physiological changes of pregnancy.
3. Guidelines for Developing a Prenatal Exercise Program
An overview of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology guidelines for exercise during the prenatal period and the absolute and relative contraindications for exercise are discussed in this chapter. The four exercise components of intensity, duration, frequency, and type are reviewed.
4. Exercise Program Modification Techniques
This chapter describes techniques for modifying each exercise component in order to provide a safe and effective fitness routine throughout the span of pregnancy. Guidelines for monitoring maternal response to exercise are listed.
5. Prenatal Strength and Flexibility Training
This chapter discusses the importance of incorporating strength and flexibility training in a prenatal fitness program. Specific guidelines for ensuring safe strength training throughout pregnancy are provided and modification techniques discussed. Exercises and tips for dealing with common conditions of pregnancy are demonstrated.