I exercise a lot. Could this reduce my chances of conceiving?

Your ability to conceive should not be affected by exercise unless you are over-exercising and becoming underweight.

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. 

Read more about exercise in pregnancy

Sources

  1. Wise, LA Fertility and Sterility, March 15, 2012
  2. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Weight management before, during and after pregnancy, public health guidance 27, London NICE, 2010
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