Exercise is safe and healthy before and during pregnancy. Conception shouldn't be affected by exercise unless you are over-exercising and becoming underweight. In fact, moderate exercise has been shown to help you get pregnant.
However, avoid becoming underweight. It has been shown that If you have too little body fat, it can disturb the production of oestrogen, which is essential for ovulation. This can mean that you continue to have periods but are in fact not releasing eggs.
If your BMI is in the safe level, you are likely to be fine.
- Wise, LA Fertility and Sterility, March 15, 2012
- National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Weight management before, during and after pregnancy, public health guidance 27, London NICE, 2010
Pregnancy tests work by looking for a hormone called human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG). This hormone is only made in your body when you are pregnant.
If you're very overweight it's a good idea to lose weight before you start trying for a baby.
Folic acid is particularly needed in the early weeks of pregnancy because it helps close the neural tube early on in the pregnancy.
As part of getting ready for pregnancy, it may help to talk to your GP or a practice nurse to discuss your decision if you have any concerns.
A lot of people worry about getting pregnant after the pill but it should have little or no effect on the ease or speed of conception.
Fertility depends on many factors. It is true that fertility does decline with age, but many women do conceive naturally aged over 35 or 40.