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Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training (P3T) 

P3T logo 2017

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, 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.

NEW ARMY-WIDE FEMALE SOLDIER READINESS, PREGNANCY, and POSTPARTUM (FSRPP) EVALUATION

We are gathering information across the Army from ALL active duty Soldiers who are currently pregnant or have been pregnant since NOV 2016.   Army senior leadership is committed to determining the key factors that aid pregnant and postpartum Soldiers in maintaining health and fitness throughout pregnancy and returning to full military duty postpartum.  To do this, the Army Public Health Center (APHC) is conducting an Army-wide evaluation of pregnant and postpartum Soldiers to identify and report on important factors that impact the health and readiness of female Soldiers.   

The confidential questionnaires measure levels of physical activity, supplement use, substance use, dietary habits, sleep patterns, injuries and other medical concerns among pregnant and postpartum Soldiers.

If you are a Soldier who is at least 35 weeks pregnant,  please participate Participation is voluntary. The questionnaire takes about twenty minutes to complete. Mission success fully depends on the number of completed questionnaires. Every response counts. Follow-up questionnaires about your postpartum experiences will be sent to your military or preferred email at 6 months and 12 months postpartum.

Please submit answers to ALL the questions. The link below allows you to input responses from any computer with internet access and is optimized for data collection via mobile devices (e.g., smartphones, tablet computers).  Thank you in advance for completing the survey. 

LINK TO QUESTIONNAIRE FOR ALL PREGNANT SOLDIERS 35 WEEKS to DELIVERY                              

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
  • National Stock Number information page for the FUDD:   https://nationalstocknumber.info/national-stock-number/4510-01-470-2805


Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training (P3T) Program Leader Course for 2018

The P3T Program Leader Course requires completion of a distance learning component and a face-to-face onsite course.  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 DL Course # 081SDL18-APHC-P3T-0001 - self-enrollment in ATRRS, 
P3T DL course enrollment applications are through ATRRS at https://www.atrrs.army.mil/   

The DL course modules are for any personnel interested in learning more about P3T background and execution.  The P3T Dl course 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 DL Course completion, the enrollee will be eligible for the P3T Onsite instructor course.  The DL course completion certificate requires passing all module tests, practice and final exams, and assignments with an 80%.   The P3T DL course instruction sheet is located at http://phc.amedd.army.mil/Pages/CourseDetails.aspx?CourseID=114  Participants receive access to the P3T DL Course after enrollment in ATRRS is completed.

P3T Onsite Course #26A-F61/300-F61- enrollment in APHC CREG TRAINING WEB PAGE

The P3T Onsite Course enrollment applications are through APHC at http://phc.amedd.army.mil/Pages/CourseDetails.aspx?CourseID=115
 
P3T Onsite course dates and locations for FY2018 are posted in ATRRS at https://www.atrrs.army.mil/
 
The P3T Onsite course focuses on practical application of the P3T DL course content. The P3T Onsite course 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 Onsite course applicants must email their P3T DL course completion certificate to the P3T Course Director at <usarmy.apg.medcom-phc.mbx.hpw-webcontacts@mail.mil> 

Send the registration forms (DA3838 or SF182) to the P3T Course Director via AMRDEC SAFE, <https://safe.amrdec.army.mil/safe/  DO NOT SEND THESE FORMS BY EMAIL AS THEY CONTAIN SSNs!! 

P3T 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. 
 
Sponsor
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) 436-2303, DSN 584-2303.
 
Remarks
There are no fees for this course, however, APHC funds are NOT available for attendee TDY expenses for the P3T Onsite course.  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) 436-2303, DSN 584-2303 to obtain local POC contact information for specific answers related to these topics. Uniform is ACUs on Monday, IPFU Tues- Fri.  Swimwear is recommended but not required.  Attendees will receive a graduated course in ATRRS, upon completion of both the P3T DL and Onsite 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 Onsite 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.