Pregnancy and Exercise for Optimal Outcomes

No two pregnancies are the same; many are uncomplicated however some encounter complications. This means a thorough understanding of the changes that occur to a woman’s body and mind during pregnancy, and the consequences these changes have on a prescribed exercise programme is essential. This understanding will help to manage not only the straightforward client, but the more complex one as well. Appropriate exercise prescription is rewarding for both the client and trainer.

The programmes reviews the benefits, the limitations and contraindications of exercise for the pregnant woman.  It discusses the effects of pregnancy on the musculoskeletal system, mental health of the mother, and the well-being of the baby. 

A thorough description of the components of core stability, its important role as pregnancy progresses and the associated exercise modifications required through the trimesters is described. Diastasis recti is defined, assessment procedures and contributing factors are listed, along with exercise modifications to help limit the separation. Assessment and advice for the pregnant woman regarding good posture and ergonomics is described. A summary of exercise modifications, not just for the straight forward pregnancies, but for those with low back pain, pelvic girdle pain, including sacroiliac and pubic symphysis dysfunction, incontinence is explained and the indications for appropriate referral to a medical professional is reviewed.

Presented by Lorraine Starsmeare B.App. Sc (Physio) M.Phys. (Women’s health & Incontinence) Pending

Since graduation Lorraine has had 26 years of international experience in the U.S.A, UK and Australia. She initially worked as a physiotherapist in sports and rehabilitation settings.

Lorraine is currently completing her Masters of Physiotherapy at Curtin University, WA in Womens’ Health and Incontinence

She has been extensively involved with; the development, implementation and delivery of injury prevention and ergonomic programmes in the workplace; the presentation of educational programs including ante & post natal classes; lectures on behalf of the Dept of Sport, Recreation and Racing; and OH&S training for industry and childcare.

She has completed all levels of the Australian Physiotherapy Association accredited, Clinical Pilates course. She has incorporated Clinical Pilates into my ‘hands-on’ treatment of musculoskeletal problems for many years; and for the last 12 years established and expanded my own business specialising in the care of individuals, including the pre and post natal woman, using exercise physiotherapy to address movement dysfunction, on a one on one basis, and in a class environment.

Since 2014, in conjunction with Cadence Health She have written, developed and provided, online pre & post natal courses for health and exercise professionals.

Lorraine is currently completing my Master of Clinical Physiotherapy, majoring in Continence and Women’s Health at Curtin University, Perth. This postgraduate education ensures that she has full knowledge of the latest research and clinical practice and is competent in this area of physiotherapy and exercise.

Course schedule:
Online course comprising of approximately 8-10 hours of learning followed by a multiple choice and case study short answer assessment. The provider is happy to provide a tutorial session to answer any questions. Registration is available via 

CPD Points

Members          $245       

Non Members    $280          

Contact details
For more information or to enrol in the course, please contact the provider using the below details.

For questions about the course please contact:

Pilates Physio Style

Lorraine Starsmeare

Ph: 0405557150



For questions about registration please contact:

Cadence Health