Exercises To Avoid When Trying To Conceive

Akshita Iyer

Created by Akshita Iyer
Updated on Jul 17, 2022

Exercises To Avoid When Trying To Conceive
Reviewed by Expert panel

You've probably heard countless times how exercise is good for you. But did you know that it can actually help you while you are trying to conceive? Following an exercise regimen before conceiving has proven benefits for increasing both fertility and ovulation, and strengthening the body for the normal pregnancy and delivery. Studies have shown that vigorous exercising while trying to conceive may also affect the fertilized egg’s ability to implant in the uterus. So the question is “How much exercise should you do while trying to conceive?” Moderation is the key: Remember that you are trying to conceive and not getting ready for a marathon. Hence everything you do should be in moderation. Do not try to stress yourself by following rigorous gym routines or crash diets, this would result in weight loss which can affect estrogen levels and cause irregular periods which will then affect your fertility.

Tips To follow While Exercising To Get Pregnant:

  • Start early. Do not wait until you conceive. Start doing a little bit of regular exercises beforehand so that your body starts to build stamina which will be helpful during your pregnancy and labour
  • Avoid dieting completely. This does not mean you need to go on an all junk diet, it implies that you need to eat a healthy and fulfilling diet that is nutritious and hence would make sure your body is ready to produce a healthy baby while keeping you strong
  • Team up with your partner. While you’re trying to conceive, your health is very important but so is your partners. Studies have shown that proper exercising can help improve the sperm count so make sure they follow an exercise regimen as well

Things To Do While Trying To Conceive:

  1. Walking –

    Going for a walk is something that does not require any equipment and is a very easy routine to follow. For starters you can go along with your partner for a half an hour walk and increase the time accordingly but remember not to stress yourself a lot
  2. Swimming-

    Swimming can help you build muscles and tone your muscles. It is a solid full body workout and is soothing as well
  3. Cycling-

    This is a low impact cardio workout which helps to improve the muscle tone
  4. Yoga-

    Yoga greatly helps in maintaining a healthy body and mind. It calms you down like nothing else can. Yoga is suggested during pregnancy as well
  5. Running-

    Running while you are trying to conceive can prove to be a very good work out as it helps circulate blood throughout your body but again, it is beneficial only if you do it in moderation. Overdoing it can affect your menstrual cycle

Things To Avoid While Trying To Conceive:

  1. Extreme Exercises-

    Hard core training while you’re trying to conceive can be very dangerous. It can affect your hormones to extreme levels which might affect your fertility
  2. Crash Diets-

    You might think that shedding a bit of weight before you gain all that baby pounds would be great, but it isn’t if you are doing it while sacrificing your health. Crash diets aren’t something you should be focussing on right now. Healthy and nutritious meals are important and so crash diets are a total NO!
  3. High-mercury Fish-

    Some fish are higher in mercury than others. High levels of mercury in the blood have been linked to fertility issues in both men and women. Also, mercury can stay in your system for a year or more, and can harm a foetus's developing brain and nervous system, so avoiding it will increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy

Lastly, before following any workout routine do consult your doctor as he knows your medical conditions and would give you the best advice.

Did you like these exercise tips? Did you know of any more tips?? Please share with fellow parents the comments section below; we’d love to hear from you!

This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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