Exercise while TTC?

posted 12 months ago in TTC
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I came in here to say no, but I mean, a 15 mile walk after an hour of intensive exercise is probably pretty dang stressful on most peoples bodies. It would take me all day to walk 15 miles, LOL!* 

Exercise you’re already doing is fine, but if you’re worried, the hour long exercise class and a medium-length walk is still more than 99.99% of the world is doing. 

 

*Since the internet doesn’t provide tone/context, I’m being facetious…I’m guessing you don’t head out for a 4 hour walk most days. But if you do, then yeah, that could be too much.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

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@stephy1872:  I accidentally got pregnancy while doing insanity class 2 times a week, spin class once, and bodypump class once, and yoga once. I think exercise is actually good because you want to be as healthy as possible when you get pregnant, good luck!!!

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Sugar bee

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@stephy1872:  Not conceiving your first cycle isn’t uncommon. It would be much more rare/surprising if you had. It can take quite a while for healthy couples to conceive. As for excercise, it’s great for you and won’t hurt your ability to TTC. The only way this would affect your ability to conceive is if you excercised so hard that you were no longer having a cycle (think Olympic athletes). 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

No. I’m almost 7 months pregnant and I run five times a week (3-8 miles) and do HIIT or strength workouts 3x a week and yoga twice a week or so. Unless your body weight or stress is so low that you don’t get a regular period, then exercise is perfectly healthy and compatible with conception (and encouraged during pregnancy). But its normal for a healthy couple to take up to a year to get pregnant. 

The thing that matters most is timing with ovulation. So I recommend getting some over the counter ovulation prediction kits. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I would say as long as it isn’t affecting your cycle and overall body weight in a negative way then absolutely continue what you’re doing regularly while TTC. Since getting pregnant I have slowed down a LOT due to nausea and fatigue.. I seriously miss exercising the way I used to. Also conceiving on your first cycle is super unlikely so don’t stress out about it!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

As long as you still have a regular cycle and you are eating enough, you’re fine.

We conceived on our third cycle. My OB told me to keep on moving as normal and continue as I was able during pregnancy. I was going to the gym 7 days a week when we were TTC (heavy lifting, running, spinning, HIIT and Tabata bootcamp) and continued through pregnancy (stopped running at 18 weeks, stopped bootcamp at 31 weeks, slowly lowered my weight lifting but still lifted and did spin through week 39 and I had my daughter at 39w6d).

Remember, normal couples have a 25% chance of conceiving each cycle with perfect timing. Are you tracking your cycle end BDing at the right times?

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Buzzing bee

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@stephy1872:  Do you mean you walk 5-15 miles a day in the course of living your life?  Or as like, extra exercise?  15 miles of walking on top of strength training (hell, even alone) is way overdoing it, whether you’re TTC or not. Yikes.  ETA: Based on your update, you’re definitely fine.

Otherwise, you’re fine.  I’ve continued to do Crossfit 3x a week while pregnant.  I have to modify stuff, sure, and pay attention to what feels good, but I maintained an intense 5-6x per week Crossfit routine while TTC and had no problems.  Basically do as you normally would and the rest will work itself out.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

You seem to be getting a lot of flack for how much you walk and I just wanted to pop in and say, I am an avid hiker and a 15 mile walk/hike isn’t unreasonable at all. My husband and my typical around-the-neighborhood loop that we walk with our dog every evening is 5-6 miles. I think your level of exercise sounds healthy and I bet you are in great cardiovascular shape! And to echo the previous bees, as long as your cycles are regular and you’re ovulating normally, there should be no effect on conception. 

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Helper bee

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@sparkosity:  Agreed, I think your exercise is totally normal. That much exercise is only stressful on your body if you are starting fresh. If that’s your typical routine and you’re getting a regular cycle, I think you’re fine. 

 

ETA: Check out this story of three pregnant women who ran in the trials to try to qualify for the Olympic Marathon team. Exercise during TTC and pregnancy comes at all levels! https://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/a31166343/olympic-marathon-trials-pregnant-runners/

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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

The only time you are exercising too much to TTC is if your body fat gets so low that your period stops. Otherwise, you should be fine. The human body was designed to move, and while setting off on a 15 mile walk sounds like a lot, getting enough steps to be the equivalent of 15 miles during a day is not that hard. Your current exercise routine sounds fine, and you will be grateful for your strong and healthy body while you are going through pregnancy and delivery!

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Buzzing bee

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@sparkosity:  I agree with you; I just read the original post as OP saying she walked 15 miles daily as a part of her every day routine, on TOP of HIIT and weightlifting and stuff. That had me like 😳😳😳 Then I saw that it could be 5 miles a day, which to me is a bit more do-able. Or OP is just super fit! 💪🏻

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
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@stephy1872:  Don’t stop exercising while TTC. I’m sure as shit not, as I strength train 4x a week and go running 2-3x a week. It’s my stress reliever. I would consider it detrimental to my TTC efforts to cut it out/down. It sounds like you’re the same. 

The only thing my doctor said, was once you are pregnant to avoid heavy barbell work, especially on legs day. No massive squat/deadlift sets. Keep it low weight, high reps, HIIT style, instead of explosive see-how-high-you-can-go style. It increases the risk of early miscarriage, and hernia and other nasty things as you go along.

Otherwise, keep killing it girl!! Smash those sets!!! An if in doubt, have a chat to your OBGYN.

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