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Will Exercise Help Me Get Pregnant?

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We all know just how beneficial exercise is to almost all body processes, but many women wonder if exercise can be a key to fertility as well. Exercise can help reduce stress, burn fat, help with health problems, and promote an overall sense of well-being. However, can exercise really help women to get pregnant? Read on for more info and to find out more.

1. The Facts

The fact of the matter is, fertility and exercise are closely linked. Women who exercise too much can find it hard to conceive, and the same is true for women who do not exercise enough. This is because body fat is closely related to fertility, and having too much or too little body fat can make it hard to conceive.

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Did you know that more than 10% of all fertility cases are caused by a woman being overweight? That is a huge number of fertility troubles that could be solved simply by dropping a few pounds. That is how important it is to adopt a healthy lifestyle so that you can have the best chance possible of conceiving.

2. Being Overweight

Being overweight, as mentioned before, contributes to a huge number of infertility cases. This is because the amount of fat in the body affects the amount of estrogen in the body. Therefore, women with an excess amount of body fat can have an excess amount of estrogen, and that can lead to fertility problems.

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Doctors say that women who are overweight can dramatically increase their chances of conceiving by losing as little as five to ten pounds. Women who are overweight can begin a regular exercise routine as well as eat a healthy well balanced diet in order to better improve their chances of conceiving.

3. Being Underweight

Being underweight or exercising too much can also have a negative effect on fertility. Women who exercise too much can have irregular cycles or even absent periods which can make it virtually impossible to conceive.

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If you exercise too frequently or too intensely and find that it is having a negative effect on your fertility, the simple solution is to ease up a bit and allow your body to try to return your cycles to normal. In many cases, this is enough to allow the body to “reset” and for fertility to return.

As you can see, exercise and fertility are closely related. Not getting enough exercise and getting too much exercise can both be a detriment to fertility and women should be very careful to get the proper amount of exercise in order to maximize their ability to conceive.



Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.

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