Online Course
The PGM Method – Pregnancy and Postpartum Considerations
Play a crucial role in the holistic management of your pregnant and postnatal patients

2-2.5 hours





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Deborah Riczo
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Dr Deborah Riczo is a specialist in pelvic girdle /sacroiliac dysfunction, pregnancy/postpartum issues, women's health, and breast cancer

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During pregnancy, the female body undergoes a variety of anatomical and physiological changes. Women often struggle with pain and discomfort during pregnancy and in the postpartum period due to these changes. Physiotherapists are well equipped to prevent and manage many of the musculoskeletal issues that can arise during this time.


The aim of this course is to provide an overview of some of the hormonal, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal changes that occur during pregnancy and the postpartum period, as well as to provide guidance on the appropriate intervention strategies of common conditions during this stage.


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 2-2.5 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 - 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 1.9 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:

  • explain how hormonal and cardiopulmonary changes during the childbearing years will affect your treatment plan for a pregnant patient
  • describe common musculoskeletal conditions that can occur during the childbearing years
  • describe treatment approaches for common musculoskeletal conditions occurring during the childbearing years
  • discuss the use of maternity and postpartum supports and the various types available
  • summarise the current guidelines for exercise during pregnancy and the postpartum period
  • discuss the psychosocial/lifestyle issues relevant to a woman in her childbearing years

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant non-financial relationships disclosed by instructor.
Relevant financial disclosure by Deborah Riczo: is the publisher of both of my books and I receive royalties on book sales.


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

Featured reviews
This course is an extensive but concise overview of pregnant and postpartum women and their health problems. It offers helpful tips to treat these patients' musculoskeletal issues and provides suggestions to encourage them to stay active as is permitted through each stage of pregnancy.
Suzanne Beaubrun
Saint Lucia
Excellent teaching by Deborah Riczo!
Mburugu Mpinda Beth
Amazing course by Deborah. Well articulated. I had so much fun!!
Nuugwanga Ndemupewa Ngomume Shivute