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Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training Program 

The PPPT Program is designed to meet the unique physical fitness and education needs of pregnant and postpartum Soldiers.The intent of the Army Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training (P3T) Program is to implement a mandatory standardized Army-wide PPPT Program.   The P3T Program is aligned with exercise recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.  Policies released in recent years strengthen the ability of local P3T Programs to meet approved Army standards.

  • AR 40-501, 7-9 and 7-10
  • AR 350-1, Appendix G-9a (10 and 11)
  • FM 7-22, chapter 4

MEDCOM, as the program proponent, through the USAPHC maintains the P3T educational materials and offers a train-the-trainer leader course for P3T leadership. Local senior commanders are responsible for execution according to the implementation standards set forth in the USAPHC TG 255 series, Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training Program Manuals.  Standardized program execution progresses as leaders are educated regarding P3T, new responsibilities established, and adequate personnel trained to fill the needs of local P3T Programs.

NEWS STORY ON P3T at FORT MEADE, MD - AIRS FEB 27

NBC 4 (Washington, DC) Story on the Army's Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training program at Fort Meade airs Feb 27 at 4 PM EST.  Fort Meade PAO assisted the reporter with filming a class and interviewing the instructor and some of the participants. Sneak preview of story available at this link:  Oh My Goff.TV - Army Mom Strong 

The PPPT Program training logo encourages all pregnant Soldiers to remain physically active.ARMY P3T PROGRAM EVALUATION SURVEYS NEW!! SEE LINKS BELOW                                          

Whether as a participant, leader, or unit commander, you play a vital role in the evaluation of the Army P3T Program. Your input will help assess how well this program is meeting participant needs, if it is being implemented to Army standards, determine the level of command knowledge and support for the P3T Program,  and evaluate the program's impact on unit readiness and resilience.  Please submit answers to ALL the questions.

PARTICIPANT SURVEYS Links allow for participants to input responses from any computer with internet access and are optimized for data collection via mobile devices (e.g., smartphones, tablet computers).  Thank you in advance for completing the surveys. 

  • PREGNANT SOLDIER SURVEY-  complete between 37 and 40 weeks gestation.  http://go.usa.gov/23kG
  • POSTPARTUM SOLDIER SURVEY - complete as a condition of disenrollment.  http://go.usa.gov/23kz                     

For those implementing local P3T Programs there is additional information and resources on the PPPT AKO website . The P3T AKO website requires CAC verification.  Once you open the page, save it to your favorites so it is easy to access again.  Some of the items available to you on AKO are:

  • Guidance for Soldiers at remote, RC and ARNG locations
  • Technical Guide 255 A-F series
  • P3T participant orientation packet
  • Education class core curriculum presentations
  • Templates for P3T Policy Memorandum, SOP, and OPORD
  • P3T Program Overview Brief, Video, Fact Sheet, Information Paper
  • Sample exercise sessions
  • Exercise Leader Training materials


Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training (P3T) Train-the-Trainer Leader Course

ID Number 4602 (The P3T Leader Course is not in ATRRS 'yet')

The P3T Leader Course will now be conducted in two phases.
This course provides guidance to P3T Program Managers/OICs, Installation Instructor Trainers/NCOICs, Trimester Instructor Trainers (IT) and Medical Experts (ME) on establishing and operating local P3T consolidated programs. Training is based on the US Army Pregnancy/Postpartum Physical Training Program Technical Guide 255A-F Series.
P3T Phase 1 Course

Phase 1 is a set of ten self-paced on-line modules that includes didactic sessions, video lessons, and reading assignments. Once the online modules have been completed the enrollee must complete the required written exam. Upon passing the written exam with an 80%, the enrollee will be eligible for the P3T Phase 2 course.  The Phase 1 completion certificate requires passing all module tests with an 80%, passing final exam with an 80% and submission of the three assignments.

Phase 1 course modules are currently being piloted for personnel expecting to attend the P3T Phase 2 Resident Leader Courses scheduled  in 2014.  Participants receive access to the Phase 1 Course after enrollment in Blackboard is completed.  Phase 1 enrollment requests are made by emailing the following information to usarmy.apg.medcom-phc.mbx.hpw-webcontacts@mail.mil.

Rank First Name MI Last Name, AKO Username, Phase 2 Course plan to attend, Duty station

P3T Phase 2 Course

Phase 2 is a resident course focusing on practical application of the Phase 1 content. Phase 2 includes training on exercise performance, exercise session oversight, training exercise leaders, use of program implementation tools, and a practical exam.  Participation is physically active and consists of land and water exercise skills training with practical application of the principles of pregnancy and postpartum physical training. 

The P3T Phase 2 Leader Courses are now open for registration.  The dates and locations of Phase 2 Course offerings for FY2014 are posted at the link below. 

Register for the P3T Train-the-Trainer Leader Course (NOW AVAILABLE)

Prerequisites
Must be senior enlisted (E-6 and above) Soldiers or DoD civilian.  Must have been designated to serve in a P3T leader position.  Medical or fitness training or experience, i.e., previous P3T exercise leader experience or having completed the new MFT course, is optimal. The target audience is unit NCOs and health care providers involved in P3T Program implementation. 
 
Sponsor
USAPHC, Army Institute of Public Health, Health Promotion and Wellness, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD  21010-5403.  If you have any questions regarding the P3T Train-the-Trainer Leader Course contact the PPPT Course Director at commercial (410) 436-4656/2303, DSN 584-4656/2303.
 
Remarks
There are no fees for this course, however, USAPHC funds are NOT available for attendee TDY expenses for Phase II.  It is the responsibility of the attendee installation/unit to provide funds for all TDY expenses. Transportation and lodging arrangements are the responsibility of the attendee. Lodging on post is recommended. No meals provided. Accessibility to a DFAC and local shuttle for transportation varies according to the course location. Contact the P3T Course Director at commercial (410) 436-4656/2303, DSN 584-4656/2303 to obtain local POC contact information for specific answers related to these topics. Uniform is ACUs with athletic shoes, PT attire is also recommended.  Swimwear is recommended but not required.  Attendees will receive a DA87, certificate of training, upon completion of this course. 

Credit hours (Category II) for nurses, health educators, physical therapists are available. Attendees must turn in their paperwork to their own credentialing entity.

Current Literature and Resources

Bigger Postpartum Challenges Than Just Baby Weight External Link (Wall Street Journal /Health and Wellness, Oct 2013) The issue of baby weight hangs heavy on the minds of many postpartum women.  But more women and health professionals are turning their attention to changes beyond weight. NEW!

Pregnancy A to Z. External Link This Air Force Medicine web site provides information about what you can expect throughout your pregnancy and after the birth of your child. 3-D animations help you understand the changes going on inside your body, and how your baby is growing. There is a special section for new dads. Real parents offer advice and insight.

Moms-To-Be: Keep the "active" in Active Duty External Link Human Performance Resource Center provides excellent advice on exercising during pregnancy and postpartum. (April 18, 2013)

Pregnancy Clinical Practice Guidelines External Link  Office of Quality Management website that provides VA/DoD guidelines, provider and patient information, shopping cart, and much more related to the management of pregnancy.

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Exercising During Pregnancy External Link Answers to frequently asked questions regarding exercise during pregnancy.  Additional educational FAQs available on the ACOG Patient page. External Link

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Committee Opinion 267 External Link ACOG's official guidance and safety recommendations for exercise during pregnancy and postpartum periods.  Reaffirmed in 2009.

Armed Forces Operational OBGYN Instructions and Orders External Link Guidance from all the military services on Obstetrics and Gynecology Instructions

Exercising For Two  External Link A study was presented at the Experimental Biology 2011 meeting in Washington by researchers from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.  Findings indicate that babies born to mothers who exercised while pregnant were found to have healthier hearts than other infants a full month after delivery.  Amazing research for those involved in promoting the benefits of exercise late into pregnancy!

Fitness for 2: Moms-to-be should be exercising — and dads, too External Link By Allison Pattillo
A doctor-approved fitness program during pregnancy can fight stress and contribute to your overall well-being — and your baby’s.  Doctors recommend pregnant women get at least 30 minutes of exercise on most, if not all, days to help relieve aches and pains, improve mood, sleep and energy, prevent pregnancy-related diabetes and promote an easier birth and faster recovery. (Dec 7, 2011 MILITARY TIMES)

Getting Back into Shape After Pregnancy External Link Military OneSource webpage that provides information on ways to get back into shape after having a baby, including tips on exercise, nutrition, rest, and restoring posture.

Soldiers don fake belly, breasts to better understand pregnant troops' exercise concerns External Link By Seth Robson,   Noncommissioned officers at Camp Zama took turns wearing the “pregnancy simulators” as they stretched, twisted and exercised during a three-day class that teaches them to serve as fitness instructors for pregnant soldiers and new mothers. (Stars and Stripes, February 16, 2012)