(Closed) Getting fit for pregnancy- what did you do?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 16
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Honey bee

renierose:  OK, I know this thread is a few weeks old, but I’m curious- why would being in shape affect TTC negatively? Just because you could be underweight, or because the exercise could cause stress on your body if you overdo it?

We’re at the stage where we might want to start trying in a year or so, but I’m thinking now would be the time to start getting fit (and I’m no getting any younger so it’s important anyway!). 

Post # 17
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Buzzing bee

ClaudiaKishi:  You hit the nail on the head for the reasons you mentioned. You could be underweight, you could be putting too much stress on your body, and/or you could develop a body fat percentage that’s too low (as my mama always said: you need a little bit of fat to make a baby! lol).

Here’s an excerpt from an article about this, that explains it better than I ever could:

Over exercising (overtraining) may put too much stress on the body to produce the regularity of hormones it needs to complete a cycle. Exercising is draining on your body. Menstration isn’t vital to occur in order for our bodies to survive. The main point of menstruation is to reproduce. When we exercise, our bodies go into a survival mode and may shut down unecessary functions in the body(menstruation) to save energy to keep our bodies going in it’s current condition. It holds on to every bit of energy it can in order to allow vital functions to work properly.” 

– http://www.livelifeactive.com/2012/05/24/how-exercise-can-affect-a-womans-menstral-cycle/

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