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Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training (P3T) 

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The intent of Army Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training (P3T) is to implement mandatory standardized Army-wide P3T.   P3T is aligned with exercise recommendations from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.  Policies released in recent years strengthen the ability for P3T to meet approved Army standards.

  • AR 40-501, 7-9 and 7-10
  • AR 350-1, Appendix G-9 e & f
  • FM 7-22, chapter 4.21-4.25

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

ARMY P3T PARTICIPANT EVALUATION SURVEYS USE LINKS BELOW FOR FY2017                                          

Your input will help assess how well P3T is meeting participant needs, if it is being implemented to Army standards, determine the level of command knowledge and support for P3T,  and evaluate P3T's impact on unit readiness and resilience.  Please submit answers to ALL the questions. Links allow 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. 

For those implementing P3T, there is additional information and resources on the P3T AKO website (CAC verification required).  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) Leader Course for 2017

The P3T Leader Course is 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 Army Pregnancy/Postpartum Physical Training Technical Guide 255A-F Series.
P3T Phase 1 dL Course - self-enrollment in ATRRS
Part 1 enrollment applications are through ATRRS at   

Phase 1 dL course modules are for any personnel interested in learning more about P3T background and execution.  Phase 1 is a set of 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 final exam. Upon Phase 1 dL Course completion, the enrollee will be eligible for the P3T Phase 2 onsite course.  The Phase 1 completion certificate requires passing all module tests, practice and final exams, and assignments with an 80%.   Phase 1 dl course instruction sheet is located at   Participants receive access to the Phase 1 dL Course after enrollment in Blackboard is completed.

P3T Phase 2 Onsite Course - enrollment through the APHC CREG TRAINING WEB PAGE

The P3T Phase 2 Onsite Course dates and locations for FY2017 are posted at the link below.  Register at

Phase 2 is an onsite 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. 

All P3T Phase 2 course applicants must email their P3T Phase 1 DL course completion certificate to the P3T Course Director at <> 

Send the registration forms (DA3838 or SF182) to the P3T Course Director via AMRDEC SAFE, <  DO NOT SEND THESE FORMS BY EMAIL AS THEY CONTAIN SSNs!! 

Phase 2 Onsite Course 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.  Not pregnant, no administrative action nor pending a board. Passed last APFT and body composition.  Target audience is unit NCOs and health care staff involved in P3T implementation. 
Army Public Health Center, Health Promotion and Wellness Directorate, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD  21010-5403.  If you have any questions regarding the P3T Train-the-Trainer Leader Course contact the P3T Course Director at commercial (410) 436-4656/2303, DSN 584-4656/2303.
There are no fees for this course, however, APHC funds are NOT available for attendee TDY expenses for Phase 2.  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, DSN 584-4656 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 completed course in ATRRS, upon completion of the Phase 1 & Phase 2 courses. 

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

Click here to request a P3T Part 2 Resident Train-the-Trainer Course at your installation.

Current Literature and Resources

Count the Kicks External Link is a project of Healthy Birth Day, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the prevent of stillbirth and infant death.

Healthy Food Zone/Eating Well Advice External Link  Learn how to feed your family well -- from before pregnancy to the school years with advice from Bridget Swinney, Registered Dietitian, mom and author.

Exercising Through Your Pregnancy, 2nd edition (2012) External Link James F. Clapp III, Catherine Cram. Research showing that exercise during and after pregnancy can provide far-ranging benefits to mother and baby.

FDA on PregnancyExternal LinkHaving a baby can be a joyous time. The FDA has lots of resources to help you make good choices about medicines, foods, and other products for you and your baby.

Bigger Postpartum Challenges Than Just Baby WeightExternal 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.

Pregnancy A to ZExternal 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.

Army helps moms maintain fitness before, after childbirth External Link  It is widely known that U.S. Service members must meet stringent physical standards to serve, but maintaining a high level of fitness can be a challenge for pregnant and postpartum Soldiers.  That's why the Army provides Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training, or P3T, developed several years ago to assist these moms with staying healthy and fit.  (Oct 2014)

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

Pregnancy Clinical Practice GuidelinesExternal 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 PregnancyExternal 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 650External Link. ACOG's official guidance and safety recommendations for exercise during pregnancy and postpartum periods.  Revised DEC 2015. (Pending link approval)

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

Exercising For TwoExternal LinkA 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, tooExternal 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 LinkMilitary 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.

Eating Expectantly!  External Link If you're pregnant or thinking about it, Eating Expectantly is the resource you need to have a perfectly healthy pregnancy!  Everything you need to know about eating before, during and after pregnancy.