It is a common understanding that weight is an important factor in fertility, but only recently have medical experts begun to seriously consider the role of exercise while trying to conceive.
A study in Obstetrics & Gynaecology concluded that women who exercised 30 minutes or more daily had a reduced risk of infertility due to ovulation disorders. However, too much high intensity exercise has been linked to lowering fertility.
It is often recommended that when exercising that you keep your heart rate below 140 beats per minute, but this again depends on your level of fitness and what’s right for your body.
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Dr Bailey recommends that women who have been struggling to fall pregnant consider taking three months off from their exercise routine and if that doesn’t do the trick, then you know that exercise is not causing your infertility.
We also recommend that you try following these guidelines of exercising during pregnancy:
- Discuss any new exercise programs you’re planning on starting with Dr Bailey.
- 30-minutes of moderate exercise daily – if you can speak while exercise, your heart rate is at an acceptable level.
- Walking and swimming are great exercises throughout the pregnancy journey.
- Don’t participate in high impact activities that may cause you to fall or get injured e.g. gymnastics, skiing, horseback riding, contact sports, extreme sports such as sky diving or bungee jumping.
- No scuba diving either as the fetus can’t decompress as easily as you can.
At Hunter Women’s Health Centre, we don’t try to provide you with fitness advice, but you should advise Dr John Bailey of your fitness and exercise regime. We take into consideration your body mass index (BMI) and normal menstrual history. And only once you have been trying unsuccessfully for a year will we assess common issues such as age, cycles, ovulatory status and the condition of your uterus and tubes as well as your partner’s sperm.