Exercise During Pregnancy
The booklet “Prenatal Fitness: Exercise During Pregnancy” was developed and written by exercise physiologist and maternal fitness expert, Catherine Cram, MS. For the past decade, Catherine has developed and instructed innovative, medically based pre-and postnatal fitness programs. “Prenatal Fitness: Exercise During Pregnancy” provides the most current, safe and effective prenatal fitness information to pregnant women.
Exercising Through Your Pregnancy
Examining the effects of exercise on women and their babies, this book presents case studies of women who exercised regularly before, during and after pregnancy. The book provides guidelines for exercise plans that safely fulfill a mother’s needs during different phases of pregnancy, answering questions such as, “How does exercise benefit the mother?”
“In the absence of a Service-wide conditioning/reconditioning program for Airmen who are pre/post-partum, the Air Force relied on the education/training outlined in the Catherine Cram’s hand-outs and online resources. The materials provided by Ms. Cram provided standardized and evidence-based information, which was essential in the program development of the AF programs.”
“I had the amazing opportunity to not only attend, but to host Catherine’s training for her comprehensive course, Prenatal & Postpartum Exercise Design. Attendees left feeling prepared to dispel the common myths and misconceptions regarding exercise during pregnancy and postpartum, prepared to modify for common aches/pains and well aware of their professional responsibilities. I have implemented so much of what we learned into practice and continue to rely on the course to guide me in my practice. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is looking to truly fortify their knowledge base and confidence level!”
CATHERINE CRAM, MS
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 Babycenter.com.
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.