Everyone who enters the military takes on the uniform, the weapons, andthe responsibility. They also take on a rigorous daily physical regimen,including a daily run, but when a female soldier becomes pregnant, runningis often out of the question.
So, rather than excuse pregnant women from exercise altogether, FortBragg officials came up with an alternative -- swimming.
Sgt. Jeri Herring of the 59th Aviation Brigade says she likes beingable to stay in shape.
it was three years ago that Fort Bragg started up the pregnant soldierwellness program. It's a way for future military moms to continue ahealthy exercise routine.
All the instructors are certified in fitness and nursing, which makesthe classes a big hit. Currently, Fort Bragg has more than 200 womenenrolled in the program. PV2 Frances Rainey of the 50th Signal Battalionsays she likes doing something other than walking.
PFC Keisha Brock of the 51st Signal Battalion says the exercise reallyhelped her with her last pregnancy.
Officials say it's because of these classes that future moms areconvinced they're not only healthier, but their babies are benefiting too.
The wellness program includes health education classes to teach pregnantsoldiers everything, from what to expect in labor, to how to breast-feedtheir babies. There are post-pregnancy classes too.