The certification is broken out into five units.
Each unit covers a different topic pertaining to working with pre- and postnatal women. We’ve dedicated the text to address coaching and psychology, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, exercise, the birth process, rest, recovery, and programming so you’ll learn exactly how to give your pre- and postnatal clients the coaching and care they deserve.
• Why evidence-based practice is important and how to implement it.
• How to build a solid referral network and why it’s important.
• How to use Motivational Interviewing with your clients.
• How to help clients take responsibility for their choices.
• How to help clients cultivate success instead of failure.
• How to help clients manage their expectations for better results.
Sample topics from Unit 2: Female Anatomy & Physiology
• What the pelvic floor is, and why it is important.
• How exertion, intra-abdominal pressure, and high-impact exercise affect the pelvic floor.
• Hormonal and metabolic changes during pregnancy, and their implications for exercise.
• Changes to posture, abdominal wall, pelvic floor, respiratory systems, and cardiovascular systems, and their implications for exercise.
• Incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, and what a coach needs to know about these conditions.
• Low-back pain, pelvic girdle pain, diastasis recti, and carpal tunnel syndrome, and how to modify exercises to accommodate these conditions.
Sample topics from Unit 3: Setting the Foundation For a Healthy Pregnancy
• How mental health affects physical health.
• Prenatal nutrition needs, calories, and foundational habits and skills.
• Supplements, foods to eat in moderation, and foods to avoid during pregnancy.
• Benefits of exercise during pregnancy.
• Elements of a comprehensive prenatal exercise program.
• Benefits of rest and recovery, self-care, stress management, and sleep.
Sample topics from Unit 4: Pregnancy
• Psychological and physical changes in Trimester 1, and how they impact exercise programming, rest and recovery, and nutrition.
• Psychological and physical changes in Trimester 2, and how they impact exercise programming, rest and recovery, and nutrition.
• Psychological and physical changes in Trimester 3, and how they impact exercise programming, rest and recovery, and nutrition.
Sample topics from Unit 5: Postpartum
• All about the birthing process and how it can affect a woman physically and psychologically, including her recovery and return to exercise.
• Postpartum psychological considerations, and how to help your client cope with unrealistic expectations, loss of functionality, and a birth that didn’t go as planned.
• How to help your client with rest, recovery, self-care, nutrition, hormones, and stress in the early postpartum period.
• Calorie needs, nutrition concerns while breastfeeding, and bladder and bowel health.
• How to assess postpartum clients.
• Postpartum exercise considerations and concerns.
• Barriers to postpartum exercise, and how to help clients overcome them.
• Postpartum exercise program design for rehab and retraining, return to exercise, and bullet- proofing your client’s body.
Sample topics from the Appendices:
• Girls Gone Strong Certified Pre- and Postnatal Coach Code of Ethics
• Lists of food sources for protein, carbs, and fat.
• Supplement information.
• Exercise category breakdowns.
• How to support your clients through miscarriage and infant loss.