By Rena Altman and Renee Pacella, Founders of The Fit Cloud

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. According to research from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), consistent, intense exercise can have adverse effects on fertility. Sigridur Lara Gudmundsdottir, PhD, from the NTNU says, “Physical activity at a very high or very low level has a negative effect on fertility, while moderate activity is beneficial, but as far as identifying how much is “just right”, the researcher is careful.  An individual’s energy metabolism is a very important factor in this context. The threshold can be very individual.”

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).

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.

Regardless of where you live, if you are interested in finding out more about fertility yoga and the practices and approaches it teaches, the following sites are a great place to start:

Dedicated Websites

FightYourFertility.com

Yoga4Fertility.com

Guidelines

ACOG.org

ACSM.org

British Journal of Sports Medicine

Videos

Yoga Poses

iYogaClass

FertilityExercise

Local (Pittsburgh, PA) Studios

Shining Light

Mookshi

Laughing Lizard

 

 

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