(Closed) Extreme Exercise and TTC

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

It could since stress can make it harder to conceieve.  Your body can’t distinguish well between good stress (exercise) and bad stress (work related, worrying, etc.).  The good thing about exercise is it gets your body acclimated to the stress, which makes it more resiliant against other forms of stress.

What that means then is if you regulalry exersise with intensity, your body may have adapted enough to that level that it won’t cause you problems.  But you just never know.  Maybe try another round or intensity, get back to your goal weight, and if you aren’t pregnant dial back the exercise? 

But five pounds is not a lot, and you yourself said you think it is mainly water weight.  You could just do the intensity at like 75%.  Also, check out some of the running threds on WB for a discussion about TTC and exercise.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens

I’d see if you get your period normally once you stop BC. If not, maybe it might be wise to dial down the exercise. Otherwise you should be fine. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

@Ballet513:  I’ve seen some research suggesting if you increase the intensity and hours exercised per week, it generally takes longer to conceive. I’ve also seen (not very reliable resource) that a women who intensely exercises like 7 hours per week is 18% more likely to miscarry, then if you increase to 16 hours per week then it’s like 25% more likely. But like I said, not very reliable resource. “They” recommend low impact aerobic exercise like walking and yoga.

I did Insanity, incidentally I did get pregnant, and I did miscarry. Coincidence? Probably… Who knows. I’m fighting every bone in my body to do Insanity again just because now I’m weary about it.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

@Ballet513:  I’m in the exact.same.boat. I keep going on a diet in the beginning of my cycle, then after O I feel like I’m starving a fetus and guilt trip myself out of it. I keep starting an exercise regimen before O, then after O and I cannot justify doing it after what happened last time. So I’ve decided to at least do 2 miles on the treadmill at an incline – low impact but gets my heart rate nice and high!

They also recommend not to let your heart rate get above (I think!!!!! I could be wrong) 140 BPM while pregnant…

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

@Ballet513:  We are actively trying, coming up on six months now. Do you plan on charting and/or using OPK’s when you guys are TTC?

On Beach Body’s website there are several programs I like, do you have any others? We have Turbo Jam, Cha-LEAN, Insanity, P90X and P90X2. Since TTC, I stick to Cha-LEAN and Turbo Jam (so fun!), high incline/slow pace treadmill, and yoga – that’s it. I usually don’t do anything plyometric after ovulation… I tone it WAY back.

I HECKA want Turbo Fire – I’ve heard GREAT things about it =)

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Ballet513:  Possibly, but I wouldn’t rule it out. If you were exercising like a competitive gymnast (like 7 hours a day) then maybe, but I am not sure this type of thing is extreme enough.

I would be prepared to get pregnant the day you go off the pill. I would definitely not count on the exercise delaying it.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

@Ballet513:  I hecka wanna try that one! I love them, they are so fun! I stopped Spin too. I think it just gets my heartrate up too high… But there are hundreds of women who get pregnant and do Crossfit throughout their whole dang pregnancy. Haha. Just my personal opinion after my bad experience, you know?

You WILL become obsessed but it will be a good thing, it’s so educational and amazing =) I can’t wait for you to join us on the charter’s thread!!!! When will you guys officially be TTC?

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I did a lot of research on this when I didn’t get my period for 4+ months when I came off the pill. 

It will be easy-ish to tell if exercise is affecting your fertility — you won’t ovulate (and so won’t get a period) when you come off the pill.  There are other reasons for not ovulating coming off the pill, but if you do your level of exercise is probably okay.  It’s really hard to tell if you are over-exercising when you are on the pill because of the artificial hormones can help you maintain a “cycle” even though you wouldn’t have one without it.  (I kept getting my “period”/withdrawl bleeding when I was on the pill, for instance, then came off and nada).

It’s also really hard to say how much exercise is too much.  It varies a lot from individual to individual.  I don’t know if I was exercising too much (I cut back from an intense hour 6 days a week to 30-60 min 4-5 days a week), if I wasn’t eating enough for my level of activity (I started eating a bit more, too), or if it was just work stress (I’ve tried to get better at handling stress), or if I was just messed up for many months when I stopped the pill.  Whatever it was, I have (I think) started working again. 

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