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Why Exercise and Fertility go hand in hand

At Medi-Gyn we provide a number of services that can help you conceive a healthy baby. Having said that, if you want to assist your fertility process further, then consider some exercises alongside our services.

First is first though and that is …

  1. Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI)

It is the first step in assessing how your weight may affect your fertility, and it also serves as a good base to know how much weight you should gain during pregnancy.

Did you know that an ideal BMI is between 20 and 25, and there are increased risks of infertility if your BMI is under 18.5 or if your BMI is greater than 30?

For those with a BMI over 30, even minimal weight loss can make a huge difference in improving your fertility.

The benefits of exercising and/ or being active when trying to conceive

Exercising can affect your fertility because exercises have great effects on multiple female hormones:

  • Estrogen, Progesterone, and Testosterone as well as hormones like Cortisol and Insulin

All the above influence ovulation, the release of an egg, and generally improve pregnancy rates and outcomes.

A large meta-analysis determined that this effect was influenced by the type, intensity and duration of physical activity as well as a woman’s own weight and hormonal status.

Exercise/ Physical Activity and Fertility

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

You should ideally opt for activities that will:

  • raise your heart rate
  • make you breathe faster
  • make you feel warmer

Exercise/ Physical Activity and Pregnancy

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

For example, pregnancy puts strain on the body. You may find it easier to cope with if you are fit, strong and flexible. It has also been shown that

  • labour is easier for women who are active during pregnancy.

Reduced Stress and Anxiety

Planning can be an anxious time for both parents-to-be. You are making plans for a huge change in your life. Anxiety, mental problems, anxiety and depression can be common in pregnancy.

Staying active can help to

  • boost your mood and lessen your risk of stress and depression

Health Benefits for Baby

Staying active will also benefit your child’s long-term good health. Women who are active are more likely to have children who are active too. It may help for you and your partner to think about becoming active as part of your preparing to be parents.

Think about what kind of activity you would 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.

You don’t have to join expensive gyms or follow a strict exercise plan. It’s about focusing on

  • ways to make activity part of everyday life

For more information on how exercise can help you conceive, contact www.medi-gyn.com / @medi_gyn_center today

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