The Pregnancy and Postpartum Coaching Mini Course - FITNESS PAIN FREE

The Pregnancy and Postpartum Coaching Mini Course

If you’ve been a coach for long enough, you’ve worked with someone who’s pregnant. Chances are, a big chunk of your clientele have had children at some point and are therefore postpartum. Pregnant and postpartum woman will (and maybe already do) make up a portion of your clientele at some point in your career.

Just like with any other population, there are very specific issues that arise during and after pregnancy. Some of these issues include:

  • Diastasis Recti or Doming (separation of abdominal muscles)
  • Prolapse (uterus and other pelvic organs protruding out of the vagina)
  • Incontinence (leaking)
  • Hip, SI joint and lower back pain

Pregnancy and delivery can increase your risk of each of these problems. Unfortunately, many of these problems often go unnoticed due to a lack of awareness and competency from coaches, athletes and other medical providers. It’s a big problem, especially given the prevalence of pregnancy in most gyms.

If coaches don’t have the tools to be able to spot and handle these issues training can lead to even more problems (Worsening of symptoms and even surgical treatment of things like prolapse and hernia).

I get it, as a male coach it’s an uncomfortable subject. It generally isn’t a subject covered in coaching certifications. If you haven’t had any children yet, the whole process can be pretty foreign. On top of that, during pregnancy a woman is carrying what is probably the most important part of their life at the moment (Their child). Emotions run high with the whole situation at hand.

On the flip side of the coin pregnant and postpartum women can sense the lack of competency from a coaching perspective. They’re confused about which movements are ok to push and which aren’t. They try and get some answers from their doctors but the advice there isn’t always the most comprehensive.

Ultimately this just creates a scary and uncomfortable situation for all parties involved. It’s not good.

Anyway, the good news is that if we arm ourselves with some basic knowledge we can greatly help these women out and prevent a lot of these common issues in the gym. On top of this we can help to spot problems as they come up and prevent the worsening of them (and direct them to the proper outlet to get the problem solved).

This is the reason why Sarah Duvall and I teamed up to create a great course on the topic. Basically, everything a coach needs to know in order to safely and efficiently work with women in the gym during their pregnancy and afterwards. We also made a free mini course to have you learn the basics of working with pregnant and postpartum women that you can access by clicking on the link below. In the minicourse we go over several essentials for working with pregnant and postpartum women:

  • Why you need modifications throughout pregnancy and how to implement them
  • The common mistakes trainers make when getting women back to training after pregnancy
  • What are the major concerns both during pregnancy and after and how to be on the lookout for them
  • How long does it take to get back to full training after pregnancy?
  • The importance of breathing for pregnant and postpartum women and how to use it to prevent and solve problems
  • How to modify the squat for pregnant and postpartum woman
  • 1 week of modifications for a pregnant athlete, so you can see exactly how it’s done
Get instant access by clicking the link below and putting your email into the box

Click HERE to access the course for free!

Keep pregnant and postpartum women healthy!

Dan Pope DPT, OCS, CSCS

P.S. I’ll be launching the full course to people signed up to my newsletter on July 19th at a discounted price. After that we’ll launch to the public in September. Make sure you sign up for my newsletter (if you aren’t already) if you want to take advantage of the discount and advance release!

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