Can you exercise when TTC?

Another client question, this time about exercise...

"I am so scared to exercise at all, that all I have been doing is gentle walking. Since trying to conceive I have ended up putting on 10 lb since last year, probably because I cut out working out.  Is exercise safe to do while try to conceive and especially during the 2 week wait?"

Yes, definitely exercise!

As you age, your blood circulations slows for several reasons:

  • The major culprit is that most people are too sedentary with almost the entire day spent off their feet, behind a desk.
  • Less common, being on your feet all day.
  • With age, your blood vessels lose some elasticity, making flow more difficult.
  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Varicose veins

Exercise is important to keep the blood circulating properly. 

It's also one of the best ways to manage stress.  

However, extreme exercise can be harmful to fertility, causing hormonal imbalances.

Focus on 3-4 days a week of moderate exercise for 30-60 minutes each session.

One of the biggest benefits of exercise when trying to get pregnant over 40yo or if you have been diagnosed with poor egg quality or low ovarian reserve is how exercise can stimulate the production of mitochondria in your cells. 

The mitochondria produce energy for your cells, including your eggs so that they can do their job better and slow down the aging process.

There's a specific type of exercise that has been shown in studies to be particularly effective in increasing mitochondrial production.  

This exercise regimen is revealed to clients in my Fertility Top10... http://zenfertility.com/top10

All my best,
Julie Chang, L.Ac
Natural Fertility Eggspurt

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