Online Course

The number of women choosing to exercise during and after pregnancy has grown dramatically over the past several years, and with that has come a significant increase in the demand for personal trainers with an expertise in prenatal and postpartum fitness.  In this self-paced online course, you’ll discover the latest research and evidence-based strategies for training women more effectively during and after pregnancy.  You’ll also learn how to better prevent and mitigate the common pains and injuries that many trainers today actually miss.

After successfully passing the exam, you’ll receive your Certificate of Completion, Continuing Education Credits (NASM 1.9, ACE 2.0, AFAA 15), and the opportunity to become a PROnatal Certified Trainer or PROnatal Certified Instructor and benefit from promotion on our website, on-going education, and access to a private Facebook group for additional support.

Train women more effectively for pregnancy, birth, and beyond


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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. Hence, this workshop serves as a prerequisite for anyone interested in becoming a PROnatal Certified Trainer or PROnatal Certified Instructor.

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, you do need a national Personal Training or Group Fitness Certification in order to work with pregnant or postpartum women.

  • MODULE 1: Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy
  • MODULE 2: How the Body Changes During Pregnancy
  • MODULE 3: Psychological Changes During Pregnancy
  • MODULE 4: Fetal Response to Exercise
  • MODULE 5: Prenatal Exercise Guidelines
  • MODULE 6: Pregnancy Weight Gain and Nutrition
  • MODULE 7: Managing Common Pregnancy Discomforts
  • MODULE 8: Managing Pregnancy-Induced Pains and Injuries
  • MODULE 9: Managing Pregnancy Complications
  • MODULE 10: Prenatal Exercise Programming
  • MODULE 11: The Initial Postpartum Recovery Period
  • MODULE 12: Postpartum Return to Exercise
  • MODULE 13: Postpartum Exercise Programming
  • MODULE 14: Postpartum Psychological Considerations
  • Downloadable quick reference guides summarizing all key concepts
  • Downloadable tip sheets and templates to use with your clients
  • Video tutorials
  • Self-checks to gauge comprehension
  • Certificate of Completion (upon successful exam passing)
  • CECs: ACE (2.0), NASM (1.9), AFAA (15)
  • Opportunity to become a PROnatal Certified Trainer or PROnatal Certified Instructor

This course was developed in partnership with several fitness, health, and medical professionals across a variety of fields (an Ob/GYN, physiatrist, pelvic floor physical therapist, registered dietitian and lactation consultant, functional movement and exercise science expert, two reproductive endocrinologists, and two clinical psychologists). It is therefore a comprehensive education that takes into account multiple professional viewpoints in the recommendations provided.

Beyond the comprehensive and progressive education you’ll receive, you will also have the opportunity to become a PROnatal Certified Trainer or PROnatal Certified Instructor, and benefit from promotion on our website, exclusive monthly educational webinars, and private access to a community of like-minded professionals to help you grow.

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.

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