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Is exercise safe or not for fertility?

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So you are planning to have a baby. I bet that you are thinking about the healthy diet and moderate exercise. Both are essential for increases the chances of the fertility. High intensity and high fertility exercise may adversely affect the fertility. The side effects of the high intensity work out are change in hormonal balance, disrupt ovulation and change the entire menstrual cycle. There are several studies which show that sedentary life style has affected the success rate of the fertility.

Exercise is the golden component for the weight management. Some of the searches specify that regular exercise can increases the success rate of the fertility. Some of the scientific theories states that exercise and weight loss improves the ovulation in the women who are suffering from the polycystic ovary syndrome. This is the common hormone disorder that is commonly found in the women.

Are you doing excessive exercise?

Excessive exercise may be the cause of the infertility. This theory is based on the concept –No Pain, No gain. Exercises that cause injuries or lack of the sleep can reduce the chances of the fertility. Excessive amount of the calorie burn-out than the eating is the ultimate source of the infertility. Moreover, excessive exercise may also increase the stress level. In the scientific words, pituitary gland may not encourage the ovulation.

How your body weight affects the fertility level?

Sometimes, the main cause of the infertility is the body weight. Studies show that the weight issue is only 12% in conception. Being over-weight or obese reduce the chances of being fertile. As far as the fertility is the concern, ideal weight is the biggest concern.

Which exercise is suitable for fertility?

High intensity workouts are against the theory of the fertility. Ideal low intensity work out are:

  • Walking

  • Dancing

  • Cycling.

  • Swimming

  • Pilates

  • Tai chi

  • Yoga

If you are new to the work outs, then you start with the slow and consistent work outs. One hour of work out in three days a week is sufficient to start the implantation. Regular workout is the key point. You require 30 minutes work out daily. This will help you manage your current weight.

What types of exercises need to avoid for planning a new baby?

Following are the exercises that need to avoids if you are planning for the baby:

  • Core strength training after ovulation,

  • Exercise 7 days a week for more than 45 minutes to 1 hour

  • Running for many miles each day

  • Extreme “boot-camp” training series

  • Exercise over an hour long

What about exercise after the fertility treatment in India like IVF OR IUI?

Women who take fertility treatment from the best IVF centre in India, doctors suggest patients to avoid exercise. We have to agree on the fact that extreme exercise and fitness training program can affect your body after taking the treatment. At this stage, only walking daily or light yoga is beneficial.


posted Oct 14, 2017 by Sumita Sofat

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