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Level 3 Pre and Postnatal Course

Discover how to make exercise inclusive for PPN clients

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Level 3 Pre and Postnatal Exercise Instructor


Online Exam

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Payment Options

  • Pay in full

    Total payable £280.25 5% discount £14.75
  • 6 month payment plan

    1 x £35 and 5 x £32 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £295
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Develop your knowledge about pregnancy and use this to effectively adapt exercise for pre and postnatal clients.

  • Course type

    Home study with exam

  • Time to qualify

    6-8 weeks

  • Entry requirements

    Level 2 Fitness Instructor

  • Accreditations

    YMCA Awards are HFE's awarding body HFE's fitness courses and qualifications are endorsed by CIMSPA

Where Will Your Pre and Postnatal Exercise Journey Lead?

Join our pre and postnatal exercise graduates working with some of the world's leading gyms and health clubs.

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Level 3 Pre and Postnatal Exercise Instructor

Develop your knowledge about pregnancy and use this to effectively adapt exercise for pre and postnatal clients.


Traditionally, when a woman became pregnant the advice given was that they should take things easy and put their feet up. While sufficient rest is clearly important to both mother and baby, and prolonged standing or over-exertion should be avoided, pregnant women are increasingly being encouraged to remain as active as possible, for as long as possible.

There are always important factors and considerations that must be addressed, but exercise can have a range of benefits including preventing excessive weight gain, reducing nausea and fatigue, improving posture and increasing foetal growth.

Course Structure:

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Practical training

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Exercise programmes should be as inclusive as possible and that’s precisely why this qualification exists. It’s our job to empower exercise professionals and remove any fear or hesitation of working with pregnant clients. This can only be done with the right skills and the appropriate level of knowledge.

Entry Requirements

In order to enrol onto this training course, you must already possess a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction – either gym-based or group exercise. Those with a Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates or a Level 3 Yoga Teacher qualification are also eligible.

What You'll Learn How You'll be Assessed Learning and Support Materials

What You'll Learn

As this is primarily a home study course, we’ll provide all the learning resources and support you need to succeed.

  • Anatomical and Physical Changes Associated with Pregnancy

    Anatomical and Physical Changes Associated with Pregnancy

    • Stages of pregnancy
    • Hormonal changes associated with pregnancy
    • Cardiovascular and respiratory changes associated with pregnancy
    • Metabolic changes associated with pregnancy
    • Musculoskeletal changes associated with pregnancy
    • Physiological changes associated with preganancy
  • Nutrition and Pregnancy

    Nutrition and Pregnancy

    • Healthy food choices during pregnancy
    • Foods to avoid during pregnancy
    • Hydration, alcohol and caffeine
    • Weight management during pregnancy
    • Pregnancy supplements
    • Maternal caloric needs
  • Pre and Postnatal Exercise Guidelines

    Pre and Postnatal Exercise Guidelines

    • Resistance training considerations during pregnancy
    • Stability and balance changes
    • Pelvic floor exercises
    • Abdominal training
    • Flexibility and stretching
    • Cardiovascular considerations
  • Physical Conditions Associated with Pregnancy

    Physical Conditions Associated with Pregnancy

    • Lower back pain
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy
    • Gestational diabetes
    • Urinary tract infections and incontinence
    • Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction
  • Benefits and Risks of Exercise During Pregnancy

    Benefits and Risks of Exercise During Pregnancy

    • Improving sleep and general mood
    • Preventative benefits of exercise during pregnancy
    • Miscarriage
    • Hyperthermia and overeating
    • Reduced blood flow and hypoxia
    • Potential and perceived risks

How You'll be Assessed

Our pre and postnatal course has three mandatory assessments that you’ll need to complete during your studies.

To give you plenty of opportunities to practice and hone your skills, within LES (the Learner Engagement System), you’ll find multiple-choice questions from a range of topics.



  • Pre and postnatal changes
  • Exercise programme
  • Complete in your own time


  • 30 multiple choice questions
  • 70% pass mark
  • Unlimited re-sits

Learning and Support Materials

Our Level 3 Pre and Postnatal Exercise Instructor course comes complete with everything you’d expect to find to excel your learning.

The best student textbooks
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Highest quality, full colour and extensively detailed

You’ll receive print and digital copies of our first-rate student textbooks, containing all the essential knowledge you need.

Access to our Learner Engagement System
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A digital workspace

Containing all the learning materials you need in an easy to navigate format that you can access anywhere and at any time.

Course home-study guide
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A plan of action

Our study guides will lead the way, giving you a structured routine as well as insight into how your practical days will be organised.

Super friendly tutors
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On hand to support you every step of the way

A personal tutor will be assigned to you, tasked with supporting you on your professional fitness journey.

Aftercare like none other
Study on your own terms

Hit the ground running in your career

Our exclusive CV Connect programme connects you with credible employers to give you the best chance of finding your feet in the industry.

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