Online Course

We are currently working on a NEW online course that will launch in early 2019!  It will be our most robust education to date (CEUs: ACE: 2.0, NASM 1.9, AFAA 15). During this course, professionals will discover the science and rationale behind our unique Performance Training Approach, and learn how to design programs that help women successfully manage the high-stress demands of pregnancy, childbirth, and early motherhood activities, and come out stronger than ever.  The self-paced course will include webinars, video demonstrations, downloadable pdfs of all content, access to a complete video exercise library, programming templates, sample workouts, client tip sheets and more.  After passing the exam, participants can be featured on the Find a Professional page of our website.  Sign up to be notified of our launch, and receive an exclusive $50 discount.

Course topics include

Rationale and Benefits of Performance-Based Training
Physiological and biomechanical changes of pregnancy
Position and energy demands of childbirth
Physical demands (ADLs) of motherhood
Prenatal and postpartum client in-take and movement assessment
Prenatal and postpartum Performance Training program design
Managing pregnancy and postpartum pains and injuries
Pregnancy weight gain and nutrition
Psychological changes and effective coaching

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2.0 CEC’s

1.9 CEUs

15 CEUs

Course Details

This course is targeted to fitness professionals who want to become experts in working with the pre/postnatal population, especially personal trainers. It is also beneficial for any group instructor looking to teach a prenatal or postpartum fitness class.

This course is our most comprehensive education program, so is great for professionals seeking the most in-depth education, who also appreciate a self-paced online learning format. If you prefer a live training setting, check out our live workshops.

While you do not need a prior certification to take this course (anyone can benefit from the information!), you do need a national Personal Training or Group Fitness Certification in order to work with pregnant or postpartum women.

  • MODULE 1: Benefits and Rationale for Performance Training Approach
  • MODULE 2: The Demands of Pregnancy (How the Body Changes)
  • MODULE 3: The Demands of Childbirth and Motherhood
  • MODULE 4: Prenatal Program Design
  • MODULE 5: Prenatal Client Assessment
  • MODULE 6: Managing Pregnancy Pains & Injuries
  • MODULE 7: Prenatal Programming Session Breakdown
  • MODULE 8: Pregnancy Weight Gain and Nutrition
  • MODULE 9: Psychological Changes and Effective Coaching
  • MODULE 10: Postpartum Recovery
  • MODULE 11: Postpartum Program Design
  • MODULE 12: Postpartum Client Assessment
  • MODULE 13: Psychological Changes and Effective Coaching
  • Webinars of each module
  • Downloadable pdfs with pictures and video links of all content
  • Video tutorials
  • Complete Video Exercise Library
  • Programming template and sample workouts
  • Client in-take forms
  • Movement Assessment Checklist
  • Pre/Postnatal Specialty Certificate (upon successful exam passing)
  • CEUs: ACE (2.0), NASM (1.9), AFAA (15)
  • Opportunity to be featured on our Find a Professional page

Most pre/postnatal educational models adopt the strategy of minimizing risk so as not to overtax expectant moms.  While risk mitigation is critical, we view the pregnancy journey in an entirely different light – one that requires major preparation due to the extreme stress and physical demands of pregnancy, childbirth, and early motherhood activities. These stresses are coming whether we train for them or not, and we want women to successfully conquer each and every challenge along their journey, and emerge stronger than ever. We teach you how to mitigate risks by ensuring your clients are prepared.

This course arms you with the latest research and evidence-based strategies to truly stand out among your peers and help your clients achieve their personal best during, and after, pregnancy.

Beyond the comprehensive and progressive education, you’ll have the opportunity to receive featured promotion on the PROnatal website.

Having taken many online courses, this one stands out on multiple levels. It provides clear, scientific and medically-based guidelines, while emphasizing the importance of understanding and honoring individual experiences. In short, it goes above and beyond "personal training" and reminds you that your role as health coach integrates all facets of wellness. I could not recommend this course more highly!

Jamie Wolff, Women's Health Consultant and Integrative Health Coach

I have done multiple pre and post natal training courses (in person and online), and this course is by far the most comprehensive training I have come across. Even though it was my 4th pre/postnatal training, I learned new things I had not learned in any of my previous courses. It was very informative, and clearly well researched, yet still so clear, simple, and easy-to-understand.

Lisa Reinschmidt, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Pre/Postnatal Wellness Coach

I am a personal trainer and new mom, and went through my pregnancy worried about exercising. I learned so much from taking this course, and found the information so incredibly comforting. I just wish I would have found this course before having my first child! I will definitely recommend this course to other trainers!

Ashley Morgan, Personal Trainer

I found this course was the perfect answer to the many questions women have about pregnancy and training. There are so many "old wives tales" and myths about what is safe and not safe during pregnancy, but the simple, clear, evidence-based information in this course really helped clarify things for me. I regularly quote advice from the course to friends and clients alike!

Ellen Janzen, Group Fitness Instructor

Frequently Asked Questions

Within 5 minutes of submitting your payment, you should receive an email with the link to the course and your login information.  If, for some reason, you do not receive an email within 5 minutes, please contact  for assistance.

You will have access to the course for up to 6 months.  However, all the key concepts are summarized in downloadable references guides for you to keep! We recommend completing the course within 3 weeks, as the modules build on each other, and it helps keep the concepts fresh as you progress.

At the end of the course, there is a 70-question final exam.  You will have open access to the course during the exam, but you must complete it within 2 hours.  You must receive an 85% (at least 60 questions correct) to pass.  Once you complete the exam, and click “submit,” you will immediately see your score.  If you pass, you will be able to download your Specialty Certificate right from the page. You can use this certificate for proof of completion for your certifying agency to get your CECs.  This course is approved through ACE, NASM, AFAA, and SCW, but you can always petition for credit at a different agency as well.

Exam re-tests can be purchased for $35.  If you need to re-take the exam, please reach out to us via the contact info at the bottom of the page to request a re-test.

While this course is designed for fitness professionals, it is also of course appropriate for anyone seeking to learn more about exercise during this period (i.e. women who are expecting or partners who want to know more!).  That said, you will need a valid national fitness certification in order to actually train women in this population.

For any technical issues in accessing, navigating, or using the course, contact  For questions regarding course content or more information on the course, contact