(Closed) Exercise and TTC?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
966 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think if your cycles are regular and you’re ovulating, then the exercise you’re doing should be fine. I always exercised 6 days a week and did run quite a bit, then a few months before we TTC, I changed my routine, and added more interval training. I ended up losing about 8 lbs, but was still well within a healthy weight. I am 5’3″ and went from 132lbs to 124lbs. This change was enough to affect my cycle. I became irregular and began spotting throughout the month. 


I cut back on the exercise, and gained back 6lbs and within a few months all went back to normal. I continued to exercise while TTC and am currently 22 weeks pregnant. It took me 4 cycles to get my BFP.


Baby dust to you!

Post # 4
1623 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I have heard that “myth” (for lack of a better word), but I think that moreso applies to people who are thin with a low BMI.  I can’t remember the exact statistic, but I think your BMI needs to be above 20 in order to be at your most fertile state.  I believe if you’re under a BMI of 17, you could stop ovulation/menstrating.

For what it’s worth, I have been working out for years for 4-5 days per week and got pregnant my first cycle TTC.  Pre-pregnancy I was about 115 and 5′ 3″. At my first appointment, my Dr. just recommened I didn’t start a new or tough exercise regimen, but sticking to what I’ve been doing was fine. 

Wishing you lots of luck!! 

Post # 5
1492 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

They only time when exercise should be lowered is when it is preventing ovulation, which sometimes happens in long distance (as in marathon/cross country runners). You have nothing to worry about.

Post # 6
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I got pregnant while doing my second week of power lifting three days a week and while building a fence outdoors in Florida in June.  A friend of mine regularly ran amrathons and had no problems getting pregnant.  Being fit and healthy is an important part of a healthy pregnancy (plus it’s suppose to make labor and delivery easier and faster) so I don’t agree exercise is bad for TTC unless you are really running yourself into the gorund to the point of injury.  You are only on cycle #2, keep up TTC and keep up the exercise.

What is your body fat percentage?  If it’s too low you might not ovulate.  If it makes you feel psychologically better than maybe it’s a good idea cut down to two Insanity trainings per week and two 3 mile runs (or 3 two mile runs.)  However, I wouldn’t cut it out altogether.

Post # 8
2273 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I spoke to my boxing instructor about this (she’s recently been pregnant herself too) and she said its fine to exercise all you want – just once you get the BFP wear looser fitting clothing (to allow more air flow because your temp is usually higher and you don’t want to dehydrate) and she also wants me to wear my heart rate monitor and not allow my heart rate to go above 140.


i have also been told not to try new stuff once pregnant (as in harder classes ie pump or something) but if you have been doing them all along with a few adjustments they can be done as long as you feel comfortable doing them (ie I doubt I will be able to lift weights past a preggie belly once I hit a certain size) 


I had heard that I should cut down while in the tww too but i had to stop doing that because I have short cycles to basically only 11 days a month I’m not in the tww – that’s why I spoke to my instructor and a few personal trainers and they all say its safe and the “cutting down while TTC” is a myth. Now I am determined to not let TTC interfere with my exercising – I’ve been TTC for 5 months (just starting 6) so it has been a long time I would be cutting back for and currently no luck.


Post # 9
1724 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

It’s usually excessive exercise that would play a role, and as far as I can tell, the folks you’re talking to are mistaking that with the somewhat-true idea that exercise can increase your risk of miscarriage (for what it’s worth, this is usually only a concern for folks who are athletic – not for the majority of people who exercise casually to stay in shape. 5 – 7 hours a week is usually in the normal range).

Post # 10
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@the_newlymintedmrs-s17:  I got pregnant the week after running a half maraton, after four months of training and averaging 40 miles a week! And I got pregnant on my first cycle.

I wouldn’t worry about running being the problem!

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