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Effect of Pregnancy on Performance of a Standardized Physical Fitness Test.

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Research has demonstrated the positive effects of exercise during pregnancy on maternal and fetal outcomes, but very little research has evaluated the effect of pregnancy on women's fitness or the length of time needed to recover prepregnancy fitness after delivery. These questions are important in providing anticipatory guidance to women, from elite athletes to women who just want to know how their bodies will change after pregnancy. To women in the military, postpartum fitness is critically important because failing the mandatory biannual physical fitness assessment (PFA) can severely damage or prematurely end a woman's career. Therefore, understanding the expected changes in fitness, the timeline required to regain prepregnancy fitness levels after delivery, and understanding risk factors for physical fitness testing failure is an important aspect of obstetrical care in military populations. The Navy PFA is a unique opportunity to measure the effect of pregnancy on women's ability to perform a standardized fitness assessment. The objective of this research is to use data from the Navy PFA to compare fitness levels in individual women before and after pregnancy, and to identify individuals at risk for poor fitness levels and Physical Readiness Test (PRT) failure postpartum.

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Name: Military medicine
ISSN: 1930-613X
Pages: e1859-e1863

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