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Exercising and Fertility

In partnership with The Stork OTC, by Rena Altman and Renee Pacella.

Being in-tune with your body and your health is a priority if you are Trying To Conceive (TTC).

Exercise and weight management are part of a healthy lifestyle, and as a result, it is important to learn how they play a crucial role in a woman’s life, especially if she is TTC. Some doctors advise keeping your heart rate under 140 beats per minute, while others say to stick to your fitness routine because your body is already used to it. It is already difficult enough when TTC, but almost anything that will enhance your chances of pregnancy is worth a try, right?

There is now a lot of research being conducted to prove the positive correlation between exercise and fertility. And even though there is limited evidence about the effect of exercise on fertility in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), there is a great deal of research that has brought to light the effects of exercise on infertility in healthy women.

Good and Bad Exercises
The type of fitness activities performed while TTC is very important. Health experts consider many exercises to be both safe and permissible, while other exercises might not be the best undertaking. Not all exercise is good exercise. Certain precautions have to be taken when it comes to conceiving. If you are more into extreme sports - contact sports, scuba diving, downhill skiing, snowboarding, surfing, mountain climbing, etc.… - common sense should tell you to abandon anything that could increase your chances of an abdominal/pelvic injury. Additionally, if your fitness activity includes frequent, high-intensity exercise or if you are in the elite athlete tier, it may be worth it to decrease your activity level to see if this could be the root of a conception problem. The best recommended exercises, with moderate intensity, include swimming, walking, and gentle yoga (Hatha and Kripalu).

Read more here on exercising and fertility.

The Benefits of Yoga
Yoga is highly recommended among health experts, as it is directly related to alleviating stress, which is another factor of infertility. While there is no study directly linking yoga to increased fertility, stress reduction can lower levels of cortisol that may interfere with reproductive hormone function.

Speak with your Healthcare Provider with any concerns regarding trying to conceive and your exercise program.

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