Prenatal Fitness Educator

ICEA is happy to introduce our first Prenatal Fitness Educator certification correspondence course. 

The interest and need for prenatal fitness guidelines has increased in the past decade, as more physically active women who become pregnant expect to continue with their fitness program and even non-exercising women are motivated to exercise while pregnant to help prevent excessive weight gain and improve their health.  The results of recent prenatal exercise studies have shown that regular exercise at moderate to somewhat hard levels during pregnancy has many positive benefits, including reduced level of fat deposition and retention, shorter and less complicated labors, and a quicker recovery postpartum.

For the past decade, Catherine Cram, MS has focused her work as an exercise physiologist on the development and instruction of innovative, medically based pre-and postnatal fitness programs.  We are pleased to announce our partnership with Catherine to bring this exciting, convenient, and informative new certification to our members.

Please take a moment to review and read over the following statement for some background and an introduction to the world of Prenatal Fitness. 

Steps To Certification

1.   Candidates must first enroll in the program and become an ICEA member.
      -Enrollment is $275.00
      -$95.00 for a yearly ICEA membership

2.   Upon enrolling, candidates will receive:
      -Prenatal And Postpartum Exercise Manual
      -Course Folder And Exam Packet
      -Prenatal/Postnatal Fitdeck
      -Prenatal Fitness: Exercise During Pregnancy (Patient Handout Booklet)
      -Postpartum Recovery DVD: Progressive Postnatal Recovery-
       Selfcare Techniques And Exercises for Postpartum Women
Exercising Through Your Pregnancy; Dr. James F. Clapp and Catherine Cram, M.  2012 

3.   After successfully completing the reading materials, candidates will take their exam and receive their
      certificate/credential.  Candidates will be required to turn in their certificate of completion to the ICEA 
      main office to receive their official ICEA certificate along with 16.0 Approved ICEA Contact Hours
      The maximum time frame without 
penalty to complete the program is 6 months from the original date of enrollment.

Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Manual

This comprehensive 212 page course book provides current maternal fitness guidelines and course development information for health and fitness professionals.

  • Current research on maternal exercise and references (reviewed and updated January 2010)
  • Physiological and biomechanical changes of pregnancy and postpartum
  • American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists most current guidelines
  • Contraindications for exercise
  • Extensive strength and flexibility training exercise photos and instruction
  • Exercise prescription for pregnant and postpartum women
  • Warning signs and symptoms for pre-and postnatal women
  • Modifications for each trimester
  • Nutritional recommendations
  • Exercise design for water and land aerobic programs
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Health screening, medical clearance and exercise monitoring forms
  • Handouts for class use


The final exam to complete your Prenatal Fitness Certification is mailed along with the course manual and folder. Candidates will then complete the multiple choice, open book exam and return it to the specified address.  Upon receipt, a certificate of completion will be mailed to the participant.  Applicants also have the option to complete the exam online.  After the online test has been completed, a certificate will be made available to be printed off.  After finishing the exam, candidates will be authorized to use the designated credentials after their name, ICPFE (Certified Prenatal Fitness Educator).  The credential is good for a maximum of 4 years from the date of completion.

Recertification & Membership

Each Certified Prenatal Fitness Educator is expected to maintain their ICEA membership every year.  Membership is mandatory in order to carry the ICPFE credential.  Failure to renew membership will result in an inactive status until membership dues are paid.  Along with maintaining membership, candidates must recertify every four years.  Recertification is $100.00.  A recertification application and requirements can be found here.

Please note: If you are currently going through ICEA's former Perinatal Fitness Certification Program, your requirements will remain the same.  If you wish to switch to the correspondence course described below, an additional $150.00 enrollment fee is required to switch pathways.  Recertification requirements will remain the same regardless of which pathway is chosen.  Contact the ICEA main office if you wish to switch pathways: (919)863-9487 /


***Questions about the actual course, content, and/or the course curriculum?
Please feel free to contact Catherine Cram at  

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