Exercise and fertility - the benefits

Exercise/being active can boost your fertility. Women who do regular, moderate exercise tend to fall pregnant quicker than women who don’t exercise regularly.

It doesn’t have to be an exercise class in the gym, it means any activity that will raise your heart rate and get you moving. It’s best for the exercise not to be too intense, you should still be able to talk without pausing for breath. Fast walking is a great example of moderate exercise.

Alternatively, if you are a little overweight and are not getting pregnant as soon as you expected, intense exercise may improve your fertility as it will help you lose excess weight.

Being active by doing regular moderate exercise before and after you get pregnant will help you have a healthy pregnancy and birth. Research has shown that being active before and during early pregnancy can reduce your risk of having problems in pregnancy.

Staying strong and ready for labour

As we all know, pregnancy puts strain on the body. Being fit and healthy may make it easier to cope with pregnancy. It has also been shown that labour is easier for women who are active during pregnancy.

Reduced stress and anxiety

Planning to have a baby can be very exciting. It can also be an anxious time for both parents-to-be. You’re making plans for a huge change in your life. Staying active can help boost your mood, especially if you get out in nature.

Health benefits for baby

If you’re healthy, then it boosts your chances for your baby to be healthy too. Keeping fit can help with this.

Think about what kind of activity you’d like to do when you become pregnant and when your baby arrives and start doing it now. For example, it could be walking in the park or going swimming. Pick an activity that makes you happy and you enjoy, that way it’s easier for you to keep it up and keep smiling.

5 Tips for being active

Avoid sitting down as much as possible. Try walking or cycling to work, standing on the bus or train, walking to a co-workers desk instead of emailing or setting a reminder on your phone to stand up regularly, taking the stairs instead of the lift or escalator.

Set yourself a fitness goal each day. Writing down the exercise you hope to achieve each day or week will help you visualise and make steps towards achieving it.

Go outside during your lunch break. Don’t spend your lunchtime sitting down at your desk if possible, stretch your legs and go outside.

If you have other children, walk them to school, nursery or toddler group if it’s not too far. Turning something that happens every day into a physical activity is a brilliant way to get more active.

Get a step-counting app on your phone. By counting your steps and giving little rewards they show you how much you are doing and help with motivation.

Gentle exercise is the best option when it comes to exercise and fertility, as losing too much body fat through vigorous exercise may stop you ovulating and this could cause fertility problems.

If you have been struggling to get pregnant and/or do not have regular periods it may help to bring down your level of activity to a moderate level as well as making sure you eat enough food to replace the energy used during exercise.

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Wishing you all the best on your fertility journey,

Marketa, CEO of Love Fertility Coaching

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