Chapter content overview Section 1 - Underpinning Knowledge Chapter 1 - introduction Introduction and brief overview of pregnancy Physiological changes of pregnancy relevant to water based exercise including: Cardiovascular and respiratory systems Musculoskeletal systems Weight and body mass changes Introduction and overview of water based exercise Properties of water Movement and muscle actions in water Balance and stability Chapter 2 - why water? Benefits of water based exercise for pre and post natal women Potential risks of water based exercise during pregnancy Contraindications to activity during pregnancy and the post natal period Section 2 - Skills Chapter 3 - motivating and supporting clients Motivation to exercise in pregnancy Potential barriers to becoming more active in pregnancy Promoting long term health behaviour change Chapter 4 - instructor skills The role and scopeof an instructor Skills of a good instructor Professional issues (insurance etc.) Teaching skills including group management Section 3 - Practical application Chapter 5 - planning Pre-session planning including: Screening, cautions and contraindications Pool and environment considerations Health and safety Session planning including: Pre- session considerations Session components (warm up, main activity, cool down) Post session monitoring Chapter 6 - session content - pre natal The exercises Using equipment Example exercises and session formats Chapter 7 - session content - post natal The exercises Using equipment Example exercises and session formats Chapter 8 Additional considerations for clients in the following categories: Cardiac Obesity/overweight Diabetes Orthopaedic issues
An authoratitive guide to exercise in water for pregnant women, a popular form of pre-natal exercise with many health benefits. Packed with exercise ideas and essential safety considerations for when working with pregnant clients.
Sarah Bolitho is Curriculum and Business Development Coordinator at Fitness Wales. Vicky Hatch is an Exercise Practitioner at Papworth Hospital.