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 Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Training

Last Updated: May 17, 2023
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​​​​​​​​Various Service programs support women’s health needs during and post-pregnancy. A key example is the 2022 Army Directive 2022-06 for Parenthood, Pregnancy and PostpartumExternal Link. The policy provides additional flexibilities to allow Soldiers opportunities to maintain and advance their careers while also growing their families. For example – the 2022 Army policy now allows women 365 days to meet their height and weight standards and to pass the Army Combat Fitness Test after the birth of a child – doubling the prior time of 180 days. Read more in this May 2023 news article​External Link

The 2022 Army policy reflects current scientific organization recommendations – for example the position of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

NEW ACOG GUIDELINES, COMMITTEE OPINION 804, 2020​External Link (reaffirmed 2023) 

Exercise is an essential element of a healthy lifestyle, and obstetric care providers should encourage their patients to continue or to commence exercise as an important component of optimal health. 

Women who regularly engaged in vigorous-intensity aerobic activity or who were physically active before pregnancy can continue these activities during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Public Law 116-92 (NDAA 2020), Sec 572External Link Deployment Deferment After Childbirth

This law standardizes new mother deployment deferral policy across the services for 12 months after childbirth. 

Army Program​

The Army provides guidance as well as specific information regarding exercise modifications for local installations to oversee a site-specific Post Partum Physical Training (P3T) program. The guidance in the following Army doctrine: 

FM 7-22, Holistic Health and Fitness, Ch 12External Link (Oct 2020)

ATP 7-22.02, Holistic Health and Fitness Drills and Exercises, Chapter 12​External Link (Oct 2020)

The U.S. Army MEDCOM previously supported the mandatory Army P3T program at installations by providing an Army-wide P3T instructor course and developing educational materials for local use. Currently, the Army medical community is not designated to support the program, therefore local commanders are now responsible for execution according to the implementation standards set forth in policy. Some of the educational materials, referred to as the APHC TG 255 series, Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training Manuals, are temporarily still being provided (see below). ​​

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