Online Course
Current Guidelines and Recommendations for Postnatal Exercise
Benefits, barriers, and enablers to exercise for postnatal women

1.5-2 hours





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Fiona Healy
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Fiona is a clinical physiotherapist from Ireland who specialises in women’s pelvic health conditions.

The Voice of Physiotherapy in Ireland 

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The World Health Organization recommends that all pregnant and postnatal women without any contraindications take part in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity for substantial health benefits. Worldwide, many women are not meeting these requirements. Only 38% of women in Ireland are meeting the National Physical Activity Guidelines despite well-documented physical and psychological health outcomes. In the United States, only 20.4% of women meet the recommended guidelines. Postnatal women are even less active compared with age-matched peers, fathers, and parents of older children. Common postnatal pelvic health issues such as urinary incontinence create a barrier to exercise. Physiotherapists and other rehabilitation professionals are ideally placed to support women in their return to physical activity and exercise after birth.


This course aims to equip you with the knowledge to guide women to exercise safely after birth.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.3 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • summarise the physical activity guidelines for pregnant and postpartum women
  • design a return to running programme for postnatal runners
  • discuss considerations for the return to physical activity and exercise in postnatal women
  • explain ways to overcome barriers to exercise in the postnatal period
  • list at least three benefits of postnatal exercise

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Fiona Healy: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
It was an informative course! It provided excellent information to any physiotherapist working with the postnatal population. Thank you!
Andrea Gray
I am a Ugandan Physiotherapist working with children, and most of their mothers have had a question concerning pelvic floor dysfunction. So I took this course to expand my knowledge and know the correct answers to give them. Thank you!
Miriam Nagasha