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 Pregnancy When in the Military

Last Updated: January 19, 2023
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Army Directive 2022-06 Parenthood, Pregnancy, and Postpartum, April 19. 2022External Link updates and expands parenthood policies to improve quality of life of Soldiers and their families. Major changes include new miscarriage leave guidance, duty station stabilization for fertility treatment, parental leave for reserve Soldiers, pregnant Soldiers’ attendance at certain military education courses, new temporary active duty tour opportunities for reserve soldiers with positive pregnancy tests, and certain inclusions for parenthood through adoption or surrogacy. Other updates address postpartum body composition and fitness, pregnancy uniforms, deferments for deployment and training, lactation policies, and family care plans.


Are there workplace exposures that I should be concerned about related to reproduction and pregnancy?

Find the recommended weight limits for lifting at workExternal Link during pregnancy based on ACOG guidelines.

Find summaries to research of some hazards faced by women in the workplaceExternal Link and industry-specific research from CDC. 


 

Are there health risks to my baby from permethrin treated uniforms? 

AR 40-502, Medical ReadinessExternal Link states that female Soldiers who are pregnant, nursing, or trying to get pregnant are authorized to wear a non-permethrin treated ACU or maternity uniform. ALL maternity uniforms are non-permethrin treated, and obtained through central issue facilities. Soldiers must obtain a temporary e-profile authorizing the wear of a uniform without permethrin.

For more information contact your local Preventive Medicine Support Staff. ​Send e-mail inquiries concerning the DoD Insect Repellent System and the ACU Permethrin to the DoD Pesticide Hotline at usarmy.apg.medcom-aphc.mbx.pesticide-hotline@health.mil​, or call 410-436-3773 / DSN 312-​584-3773.


 

What uniforms are pregnant and postpartum Soldiers allowed to wear?

Pregnant Soldiers are authorized to wear the following items (link goes to a milSuite webpage, CAC required)External Link in the Operational Camouflage Pattern with the Universal Camouflage Pattern Maternity Army Combat Uniform and Patrol Cap: Nametape, U.S. Army Nametape, Rank Insignia, current Shoulder Sleeve Insignia, Shoulder Sleeve Insignia for Former Wartime Service. Pregnant Soldiers may also wear the Coyote Brown T-shirt and Coyote Brown Boots with the Universal Camouflage Pattern Maternity ACU. This change only applies to the Maternity Army Combat Uniform.


 

Does the Army have a physical training program to help Soldiers maintain fitness during and after pregnancy?

Yes, find out the details about the Army Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training Program (P3T).


 

What do I need to know about immunization before, during, and after pregnancy?

The CDCExternal Link​ states that when you get vaccines, you protect yourself and give your baby early protection. Get a flu shot and whooping cough vaccine during each pregnancy to help protect yourself and your baby.

Pregnancy is a Crucial Time for Immunization HealthExternal Link It is a most important time in a woman's life to be fully immunized against disease.


 

What does the DoD Military Equal Opportunity (EO) Program state related to pregnancy?

DoDi 1350.02 (change effective December 20, 2022)External Link states that pregnancy is now considered the basis for discrimination in the military EO policy.


 

Postpartum 

NEW! Directive-type Memorandum 23-001, Expansion of the Military Parental Leave Program," (January 4, 2023)External Link 

Learn details about topics related to the postpartum phase of new motherhood including deployment deferral policyExternal Link and the Military Parental Leave ProgramExternal Link.