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Prenatal Fitness Program Design: Exercise Frequency

In my blog last week I discussed exercise duration, the second of four components used when developing a prenatal fitness…

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Avoiding the Zika Virus

Zika virus fears have left pregnant women with serious questions about how to avoid contracting the virus, and whether the…

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Prenatal Exercise Program Design: Exercise Duration

Exercise duration during pregnancy should reflect a woman’s current level of fitness and the type of activity she is doing.…

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Factors associated with childhood obesity

Factors Associated With Increased Risk of Childhood Obesity

Factors Associated With Increased Risk of Childhood Obesity Along with the rise in adult obesity there has been a significant…

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Guidelines for Strength Training During Pregnancy

You may have heard people warn that pregnant women shouldn't lift anything over their head or objects that are heavier…

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Diastasis Recti Abdominus: Does This Condition Change How We Should Train Pregnant Clients?

During pregnancy one of the changes that occur to allow room for the baby to grow is hormonally induced thinning…

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High Heat and Pregnancy

High Heat Environments and Pregnancy Are a Dangerous Combination

Summer is a great time for outdoor exercise, but pregnant women need to be especially careful to avoid overheating when…

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Prenatal Exercise Program Design: Exercise Type

Choosing the type of exercise that is best tolerated during pregnancy depends on the following considerations: • Which activities the…

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Travel safety tips during pregnancy

Travel Safety Tips During Pregnancy

Many pregnant women have jobs that require frequent air travel, and vacation and holiday plans can also make travel by…

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Gestational Diabetes Mellitus and the Effect of Exercise

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) appears to be on the rise in the US, with the CDC suggesting that the prevalence of GDM…

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Updated ACOG 2015 Committee Opinion, “Physical Activity and Exercise During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period”

how  The American College of Obstetricians an Gynecologists has issued a revised Committee Opinion, Physical Activity and Exercise During Pregnancy…

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Medical Fitness Network

I’m excited to announce that I’ve joined the advisory board of Medical Fitness Network, a volunteer driven national fitness and…

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Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Manual

Prenatal & Postpartum Exercise Design Course

Our certificate course provides continuing education credits for ACSM, ACE, ICEA and LAMAZE, as well as other major health and fitness organizations, and is a Lifetime Fitness Approved Specialty course.

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Catherine Cram, MS - Prenatal & Postpartum Fitness Consulting

Catherine Cram, MS is an exercise physiologist and a leading expert in the field of maternal fitness. She is the owner of “Prenatal and Postpartum Fitness Consulting,” a consulting company that specializes in providing the most current maternal exercise information and training to health and fitness professionals.

Catherine has been a featured speaker at ICEA, NPACE, ACSM and military medical conferences. She co-authored the 2012 revision of Exercising Through Your Pregnancy with Dr. James Clapp and was a contributing author for the text Women’s Health in Physical Therapy. She served as the Perinatal Fitness Subgroup Chair for the International Childbirth Education Association in 2013-2014 and is on the Medical Fitness Network Advisory Board. Catherine also serves as the maternal fitness expert at

Her certificate course, Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Design, provides continuing education credits for ACSM, ACE, ICEA and LAMAZE as well as other major health and fitness organizations, and is a Lifetime Fitness Approved Specialty Course. The course was revised in 2016 and offers the most up to date, evidence-based maternal fitness training information available.

Prenatal and Postpartum Fitness Consulting has provided maternal fitness training to Air Force exercise physiologists and physical therapists. The US Army also includes Catherine's booklet, Prenatal Fitness: Exercise During Pregnancy, as part of their "Uncomplicated Pregnancy" education program materials.

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