Treating the Pregnant Person: Common Symptoms

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Perinatal Series

Ensure a fulsome understanding of the unique treatment needs of the perinatal client through our ongoing series of Perinatal courses.

Reach New Clients

Become adept in new areas of practice to reach perinatal client populations.


Comprehensive and high-quality training from renowned Trimesters: Massage Therapy Education in a format adapted to your own pace and schedule.


This course examines the symptoms and realities experienced throughout pregnancy. Obtain a clinical perspective on common symptoms, including impacts on clients, prevention management, and relief strategies, and when the client should be referred to another practitioner. This training is a collaborative creation between Trimesters: Massage Therapy Education and Dexterity Professional Development.


In this course, you will learn:

  • Frequently experienced realities during each trimester of pregnancy.
  • EIGHT (8) of the most common symptoms experienced in the first trimester.
  • FIFTEEN (15) of the most common symptoms experienced in the second and third trimesters.
  • The impact of these symptoms on clients, prevention management and relief strategies, and appropriate referrals for each of the common symptoms.

Dexterity Professional Development submits courses for approval to regulatory colleges and associations across Canada. Timelines vary and courses are submitted on a rolling basis. As approvals are granted, this section is updated. Remember to check back often!

College of Massage Therapists of Prince Edward Island (CMTPEI) 1 CCP Hour
Massage Therapist Association of Alberta (MTAA) 1 Primary Credit
Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba (MTAM) 1 Core Competency/Primary Credit
Massage Therapists’ Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS) 0.5 Primary CEU
Massage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan (MTAS) 1 Primary Credit
Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) 5 CCP Credits
L'Association des Naturopathes Professionnels du Québec (ANPQ) / L’Association des Naturothérapeutes du Québec (ANQ) / Regroupement des Massothérapeutes du Québec (RMQ) 1 Credit


Under the CMTO’s new Quality Assurance Program (STRiVE), courses are no longer granted approval by the CMTO. It is up to the learner to demonstrate that a course is relevant to their learning goals and the STRiVE competencies. We have provided the description below to help the learner link the course to the STRiVE competencies. A course is often related to more STRiVE competencies than those listed.

The competencies below are established in the CMTO continuing education guidelines. This course addresses the competencies in many ways, including those described below.

Work within areas of personal knowledge and skills. This course provides the RMT with the opportunity to fill gaps in knowledge in the common symptoms experienced during pregnancy, the impact of these symptoms on clients, strategies for prevention management, and when the client should be referred to another practitioner.

Function in a client-centred manner. Understanding the common symptoms and clinical presentation of the healthy pregnant person allows the therapist to focus in a client-centred manner.

Communicate effectively. This course provides the RMT with the tools needed to communicate effectively with pregnant clients. This will allow them to understand common symptom presentations, which will therefore allow the therapist to modify their treatment appropriately.

Use an evidence-informed approach in your work. This course was developed based on current evidence and research in conjunction with the owner of Trimesters: Massage Therapy Education, Cindy McNeely. Cindy has been an RMT in the field since 1985 and co-founded Trimesters: Massage Therapy Education in 1995. The Dexterity PD promise is to evaluate every course on a biannual basis to ensure any developments or changes in the profession are reflected in course content. Thus, RMTs who take this course and adopt its recommendations can be assured that they are practicing in a manner consistent with current developments. A resource list is included in the downloadable guide to every course so that RMTs can conduct further research and/or confirm course findings. Any treatment recommendations are based on this research and the opinion and experience of the RMT who developed the course. All course content and recommendations have been evaluated by two additional RMTs to affirm the accuracy of the content. For more details, please see Our Quality Control Process.





This course has been created in collaboration with Trimesters: Massage Therapy Education.

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