Does exercising a lot reduce my chances of conceiving?

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

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Exercise is not only safe and healthy before and during pregnancy, but it is encouraged. In fact, moderate exercise has been shown to help you get pregnant. However, if you are over-exercising and becoming underweight your chances of conceiving can be reduced.

Therefore, you should 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.

Make sure you have a safe BMI level for the best chance of getting pregnant.

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  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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Last reviewed on June 13th, 2017. Next review date June 13th, 2020.

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