One, two, three-one! One, two, three-two! The voices shout throughout the Hoskings and Dahl gyms. These voices belong to the Soldiers enrolled in the pregnant/postpartum physical training program at Fort Bragg.

The PPPT program is mandatory for all pregnant and postpartum Soldiers and is unique to the Army. The Army is the only branch of service that provides a structured fitness program for its pregnant and postpartum Soldiers.

Army Regulation 40-501 ensures that Soldiers maintain their fitness during and after pregnancy by exercising safely within the structure of the program.

The PPPT program incorporates recommendations by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to ensure that Soldiers are safely performing PT.  In general, 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise four to five times weekly is recommended for healthy pregnant women without contraindications.

Exercise activities should include cardiovascular (aerobic) activity, resistance training and flexibility exercises. Moderate exercise helps reduce pregnancy complications, such as, preeclampsia (high blood pressure), gestational diabetes, as well as helping to prevent excess weight gain.

The pregnant Soldiers have PT four times a week and attend a weekly education class. The classes cover a variety of topics, such as, parenting, newborn care, SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), and breastfeeding. Once the Soldiers have their babies, they attend PT five times a week as they prepare to transition back to unit PT.

The Soldiers have six months from their delivery date to meet the Army’s height/weight standard and pass the Army Physical Fitness Test.

Army Public Health Nursing has oversight for this program and is managed by Alnita Jackson, RN, BSN, MPA.

Program enrollment is every Wednesday at 1 p.m., in the Army Wellness Center, Building 1-2015 on the corner of Woodruff and Jackson streets Call 907-9355 for more information.