Women's Health Portal

 Your Health During the Postpartum Period

Last Updated: October 06, 2021
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Pregnancy changes your body in more ways than you might have guessed, and it doesn't stop when the baby is born. Taking good care of yourself and your baby is an essential part of postpartum care. 

Here are some resources to support you:

Aim to ensure YOU stay healthy 

When you take care of yourself, you are able to best care for you and your baby.

•  Recovering from Birth External Link is a good resource to use to learn more.

•  Depressed? When you are pregnant or after you have a baby, you may be depressed and not know it. Your doctor can figure out if your symptoms are caused by depression or something else. Learn more about postpartum blues and depression here.External Link 

•  The Army Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training (P3T) program helps Soldiers maintain fitness during and after pregnancy.


Decide to breastfeed

Your decision to breastfeed is an important one. Visit the Women's Health Portal Breastfeeding webpages (APHC) for valuable breastfeeding resources designed to meet the unique needs of the breastfeeding service member.


Ensure your family's health

•  Child, Youth, and School (CYS) Services External Link offers quality programs for children, youth and students.

•  TRICARE Pregnancy & Parenting Resources External Link explain your coverage during pregnancy and after.  Don't forget to enroll your child in DEERS.

•  Military OneSource External Link provides resources for moms and dads to build a strong and healthy family.

•  Find out if you are eligible for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children External Link (WIC). It provides federal grants for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

•  Finding military child care fee assistance External Link can be a difficult decision to make when you return to work. MilitaryChildCare.com External Link is a secure Department of Defense website to find information on military-operated or military-approved child care programs worldwide.