Exercise and Fertility

There is plenty of research showing that weight can have an effect on a woman’s fertility. This is why many women begin a healthy diet plan and exercise regimen upon deciding that they want to reproduce. But how does exercise affect your chances of getting pregnant?

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Effects of Exercise

Weight can play a major factor in a woman’s ability to conceive. The suggested BMI (body mass index) for the best chance of conceiving are between 20 and 25. The average woman is anywhere between 18.5 and 24.9. Anywhere below 18.5 is considered unhealthy for a pregnancy and actually reduces the chance of conception. A recent study in Obstetrics & Gynecology actually concluded that women who exercise for 30 minutes or more every day reduce their risk of infertility caused by ovulation disorders.

So, while exercise is definitely encouraged to maintain a healthy lifestyle, excessive exercise can have an adverse effect. A long term study of 3,000 women published in the Journal of Human Reproduction found that women who exercised until they were exhausted and women who exercised almost every single day were found to have an increased risk of infertility. The upside of this is that many of these women went on to conceive after lowering their level of activity.


Exercises for Fertility

While there is no surefire exercise that will increase the possibility of conception, there are certainly exercises that are considered safer for women already pregnant. If you are a hardcore gym-goer, consider reducing the intensity of your workouts and instead, opt for these lower intensity exercises:

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Yoga
  • Swimming
  • Dancing

While these workouts can still be difficult, they are much less intense than heavy lifting or HIIT training. Keep these in mind the next time you’re hitting the gym.


Exercise and weight certainly aren’t the only determining factors in your fertility but it can certainly help increase your chances. When you’re ready to start conceiving, stick to a healthy diet and a low-intensity workout regimen. For more information on pregnancy and conception sign up for our newsletter below.


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