Post # 1
I am presently CD11, and ovulate typically cycle day 14-16. I lead an inactive lifestyle, but this cycle on CD3 started the C25K running plan. I run/walk (as per the plan), every other day for about 30 min each time.
so it’s not a crazy amount of exercise, but it’s a big change from what my body is used to. Is this small amount of exercise enough to throw off ovulation? We are TTC, so I know that exercise is a good thing, I’m just wondering what to expect.
Post # 2
Ooh I want to hear the answers to this as I just recently started this program in anticipation of TTC.
Post # 3
ecjohnson: I just finished week 2 run 2 today! How are you doing with it? My nervousness is what to do during my TWW. I think I will keep training. As long as I get to week 5 I’ll be happy (wamr up walk for 5 min, run 20, cool down walk for 5 min)
i would like to get to that point and maintain as long into pregnancy as possible
Post # 4
priyawouldntwannabeya: I think that amount of exercise is fine as you are building it up. I’ve definitely been mindful of the amount of exercise while TTC. I’d love to do somr personal training and really push myself right now but know it’s a bad idea. So what Im doing instead is building up my 5k speed and some light weights. I don’t think it will have a negative affect. The great thing about having a level of fitness when you do get pregnant is you can keep going into your pregnancy. Best of luck with c25k
Post # 5
exercise shouldn’t effect things. but you don’t always ovulate the same day each cycle. i don’t chart but i started using OPK. the first cycle i used them, i got a positive on CD12. then second cycle i used them, i tried the no exercise thing because i thought i was effecting implantation, i got a positive on CD16 but we also had a death in the family and i think the stress delayed it.
but this cycle, i am back to my regular exercise of cycling outdoors (couple hours at a time) and weights in the gym, etc and i got a +OPK early at CD10.
plus. i asked the doctor when i was there last time if i should cut back or stop exercise and he said NO.
so exercise away.
Post # 6
ajillity81: I think a problem only arises when you start strenuous exercise all of a sudden. Continuing what you already do or building it slowly should be fine. A friend of mine was having difficulty conceiving and was told to cut back on strenuous exercise. She felt it delayed/stopped O
Post # 7
I just started also and on week 5, and I actually ovulated naturally sooner than I have in a long time, CD 21 (which happen to be week 4 of the program) instead of 26-30. My period is completely whacky though so it’s probably just a coincidence.
Post # 8
phoebephoebo: what the OP is describing isn’t really strenuous. C25K slowly eases you into things. so i know she will be fine.
i know a lot of active women who at least to my knowledge had no problems getting pregnant.
one coworker of mine, is a crazy nut when it comes to exercise. she is in her early 40’s now and had her 4th kid 2 years ago. with each kid she had gotten thinner and thinner, and she was practically 0% body fat to begin with. but i guess she is just super fertile.
Post # 9
Exercise can affect ovulation, and if you are hell bent on getting pregnant immediately, you may want to just do walking or something, but a couch to 5K is still pretty minimal exercise. I would guess it’s highly unlikely that it would affect ovulation, but if it did maybe only for a month or two while your body adjusts? I think it’s more important to get healthy and have an exercise routine before getting pregnant, so I would stick with it and try to keep it up while TTC. Good luck!!
Post # 10
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I honestly don’t think exercise can affect ovulation unless you’re working out to the point that your periods stop because you’re underweight. Regular exercise is good for you. Check out my charts if you’re curious about exercise and ovulation. I didn’t ovulate for 6 cycles off BCPs. I worked out more or less some cycles than others. I ovulated on the 7th cycle, worked out a lot pre- and post-O, and still got a BFP.
Post # 11
I wouldn’t think exercise can affect ovulation unless you’re doing such intense or extreme exercise that it affects your cycles or stops them.
Post # 12
You should be fine, as a bike commuter I exercised 45 minutes 2x a day and we had no trouble conceiving. Also once you get pregnant my doctor said the exercise will help the baby be healthier and labor will usually be shorter and not so painful. Keep going!
Post # 13
priyawouldntwannabeya: pinkshoes: C25K is so gradual that I can’t imagine it would delay ovulation. Enjoy it!! I started the program around this time last year and am now a running convert.
Christy42213: Thanks for posting here! I have seen your chart before from the Charters of the Hive thread but had never focused on your exercise. I can’t imagine giving up running while TTC, so this is super helpful and encouraging.
Post # 14
LittleRiver: Right, I’m saying it was probably just a coincendence that I happened to ovulate early, not late. But just an observation I made. I’m hating it though! I never liked running, just trying to shed a few pounds.
Post # 15
I have only ever heard of exercise messing with ovulation when you are doing extreme amounts and are possibly underweight etc…. Being active at a healthy leavel shouldn’t make a difference. I ovulate regularly and I’m active.