Optimum Nutrition Strategies for Pre and Postnatal Clients

Discover how to support women during pregnancy and beyond with healthy eating, diet and nutrition

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Pregnant woman at kitchen counter with various fruit and vegetables

Level 3 Optimum Nutrition for Pre and Postnatal Clients

This course provides you with the knowledge to support pre and post natal women with diet and nutrition to provide the best chance of a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby, and also to support postnatal recovery.

  • Course Type:


  • Time to Qualify:

    1-2 weeks

  • Entry Requirements:


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Starting from £156.75

Level 3 Optimum Nutrition for Pre and Postnatal Clients

This Level 3 Nutrition to Support Pre and Postnatal Clients course has been specifically developed for exercise professionals wanting to tailor their services to support pregnant clients, or those who have recently given birth.

Course Overview

When it comes to diet, nutrition and pregnancy, there are no shortage of old wives’ tales, folk law and misinformation about what people should and shouldn’t eat when they are pregnant and beyond. It’s important that exercise professionals ensure that any advice, information and education that they provide to clients is supported by the evidence base and aligns with the national guidance. Essentially, the aim of this course is to ensure that you are equipped with up-to-date information on nutrition for pre and postnatal clients.

If you are a fitness instructor or personal trainer that is keen to provide nutrition advice and support to pregnant women, those who are breastfeeding or recovering from childbirth, then this nutrition to support pre and postnatal clients course should definitely be in your CPD portfolio.

The course has been written and developed by a team of nutrition specialists that have extensive clinical knowledge of and experience in this area. This is a short and flexible eLearning course that can be completed at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home. There is no physical attendance required.

This course will equip you with all the essential knowledge and understanding that you need to provide nutrition advice and support to pregnant women, or those who have recently given birth. If you want to tailor your services to meet the needs of these two groups, then you can’t afford to miss this course.

  • Entry Requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements for this course and the course is open to anyone who wants to learn. However, the content has been written specifically for exercise professionals and if you do not have any fitness instructor qualifications, then you may find some aspects more challenging. Our support team are always on hand if you need them.

  • Accreditations

    Fully accredited by the YMCA Awards, this course is recognised and valuable worldwide.

  • Learning Materials

    Delivered exclusively online, you'll complete informal knowledge checks throughout this course meaning you can monitor your learning progress. You can learn at your own pace and even on the go with our on-demand lectures provided by clinical nutrition experts.

You're in Safe Hands

With our dedicated support team, you'll never be left on your own to struggle with any of the course content. Your designated personal support tutor will only be one question away and you can contact them via:

  • Phone

  • Email

  • Video Call

  • Webinar

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What You'll Learn

This nutrition to support pre and postnatal (PPN) client’s course is delivered in a modular fashion to allow you to complete your learning in a flexible and bite-sized approach. A summary of some of the headline content is listed below, although this list is far from exhaustive.

  • Importance of Nutrition During PPN Period

    - Nutrition-related terminology
    - Overview of the gestational period
    - Common symptoms of pregnancy
    - Physiological changes during pregnancy
    - Common medical conditions associated with pregnancy
    - Foetal growth and development during pregnancy

  • Healthy Eating Guidelines for PPN Clients

    - Unsafe foods during pregnancy
    - Superfoods for pregnancy
    - Alcohol and pregnancy
    - Caffeine and pregnancy
    - Dairy products and pregnancy
    - Special dietary considerations

  • Weight Management Strategies for PPN Clients

    - Safe and normal weight gain during pregnancy
    - Dieting and pregnancy
    - Safe and effective weight loss post-birth
    - PPN considerations for weight management
    - NICE guidelines for weight management
    - Breastfeeding and weight loss

  • Macro and Micronutrient Requirements for PPN Clients

    - Caloric needs during PPN period
    - Carbohydrate needs during PPN period
    - Fat needs during PPN period
    - Protein needs during PPN period
    - Macronutrient considerations for PPN clients
    - Vitamin and mineral needs during PPN period

  • Fluid and Hydration Guidelines for PPN Clients

    - Principles of hydration
    - Effects of pregnancy on hydration
    - Mitigating factors for PPN clients and hydration
    - Clinical effects of dehydration on pregnancy
    - Optimal fluid guidelines during PPN period
    - Effects of caffeine and other diuretics

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*Images and videos are for illustration purposes and may not depict specific course materials.

A Lifetime of Knowledge, A Lifetime of Opportunities

Help your pregnant clients to achieve their nutritional goals with this course and help them to stay healthy and provide the best start to their baby's life. Thousands of our graduates work with some of the country's biggest gyms and health clubs, you could join them.

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How You'll be Assessed

The course is assessed informally throughout with a series of multiple-choice knowledge checks and formally with an end of course theory exam. The theory exam is open book, meaning that it isn’t invigilated. It’s also completed online.

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  • Interactive multiple choice
  • Informal tone
  • Varied style


  • Embedded into course
  • Varied style
  • Informal knowledge checks


  • Multiple choice questions
  • Unlimited resits
  • Open book

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