All You Need to Know About Exercising While Trying to Get Pregnant

exercising while trying to get pregnant

If you are reading this article, chances are either you are not pregnant yet but would like to be soon, or “I just start to try to conceive and am drowning in information”. Well no matter which situation are you in, we know that you are curious about every topic related to pregnancy. Therefore, in this article we will provide you with necessary information about exercising while trying to get pregnant. Let’s separate the myths from the facts together!

Should I Keep on Working Out While Trying to Conceive?

Having yourself a habit of regular exercise before conceiving is proved to advance both your fertility and ovulation, so the answer is “Yes, you should!”. A study from the University of North Carolina, US has shown that women who did exercise during ovulation were three times more likely to conceive as women who didn’t. Additionally, exercises also benefit the females who are unable to conceive due to high body mass index or polycystic ovaries syndrome (PCOS). Furthermore, the changes your body will go through will be a lot of easier if you are in a habit of regular workout and at a certain level of fitness.

Not only women who are trying to conceive are recommended to do regular exercise, but also those who are suffering from primary/secondary infertility and those who are already pregnant too. Regular workout helps you to decrease stress, maintain a regular weight and sleep better, which are the 3 key points to help to get pregnant at ease.

Thus, we suggest you to continue following any sport or exercise program.

What to Notice When Doing Exercise During Ovulation?

For newbie and who don’t work out regularly, it is best to start adding more activity into your life little by little, such as a 20- to 30- minute walk every day. Hope Ricciotti, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Harvard Medical School often encourages women to take up cycling or get on the elliptical trainer because these workouts are easier to maintain into pregnancy than higher-impact modes such as jogging, gymnastics, downhill skiing, horseback riding or contact sports. For those who have been struggling, try quit gym for about 3 months. If it didn’t work, you already know that exercise wasn’t the problem.

Some tips you may want to notice:

– Don’t press yourself too much. Too much exercise leads to harmful consequences instead of benefits.

– Take an early start. Some women often wait to get pregnant first and then start an exercise regimen, though it is more efficient if you do the otherwise.

– Don’t lose track. There are days when you are so lazy that you hate doing exercises, but try to improve it by adopting different forms of exercises. No one likes a monotonous exercise routine.

– Always strengthen your core. When you are pregnant, your breasts get bigger and so is your belly, therefore cause a strain on other parts of your body. To prevent back pain later, always remember to strengthen your core.

– Ask your partner to join with you. The success of conception relies on both you and your partner – a healthy egg needs a strong sperm to make it happens. So don’t hesitate to team up with your partner (and yes, there is study has shown that that proper exercise can help increase sperm count).

– Check with your doctor before adopting a regimen for yourself. He or she will know whether you need that kind of workout or not.


Now that you have separated the myths from the facts and been well aware of do and don’t, you can go on (or start) doing exercise without worry. Good luck and don’t forget to follow our website to get more good articles!


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