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

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

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Introduction

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.

Aims

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

Outline

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.

Practicalities

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 1-1.5 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 - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. 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 1.1 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

Online Course: Current Guidelines and Recommendations for Postnatal Exercise

Benefits, barriers, and enablers to exercise for postnatal women

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Course instructor:

Fiona Healy

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

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Summarising the latest research & evidence

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Accredited certificate of completion

Introduction

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.

Aims

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

Outline

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.

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