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    New Moms in the Navy No Longer Have to Take Fitness Tests in the First Year After Giving Birth

    New Moms in the Navy No Longer Have to Take Fitness Tests in the First Year After Giving Birth

    The Navy has decided to ditch a postpartum fitness test that mothers would typically be expected to take less than a year after giving birth.

    In an administrative memo released Monday, the Navy announced that the requirement was canceled and said that instead, “sailors should participate in a progressive and appropriate exercise program, as soon as medically authorized.”

    The now-canceled examination, according to Navy documents, was unofficial — meaning that they could fail with no consequences — but intended as a way to “assess a postpartum sailor's fitness level … to assist them with returning to Navy [fitness] standards.”

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    The assessment also gave commanders and unit fitness leaders “visibility on the health and fitness level of their postpartum sailors as well as an opportunity to provide assistance to sailors during their postpartum recovery.”

    Lt. Lewis Aldridge, a spokesman for the Chief of Naval Personnel, told .com in an email that the cancellation was made based on medical guidance from the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery's Office of Women's Health, as well as feedback from postpartum sailors and the policies of the other military services.

    The Navy is the only branch that required such an assessment from its new mothers, and Aldridge noted that the service does not ask sailors…

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