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Safe exercises for TTC?
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morningeorgia posted:
My DH and I've been TTC for 4.5 years with PCOS and recurrent miscarriage (3 losses). I've always been active, but now I'm afraid to exercise (especially after ovulation), because I don't want to "shake things up." I know that conventional wisdom says that exercise can't cause a miscarriage, but I'd really like to know if there are some gentle, safe exercises that I can do throughout my cycle without worrying that it's preventing a fertilized egg from implanting. Any advice?
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David K Walmer, MD, PhD responded:
Dear Morningeorgia,

You are in a difficult place. We can certainly try to reassure you that exercise isn't going to be responsible for either your negative pregnancy test or a miscarriage but if you are going to worry nevertheless, that is a problem. We all have brains and we have to live with them. A healthy lifestyle is more likely to reduce the chances of having a problem in pregnancy. Regular aerobic exercise can also increase endorphin levels, which can also just make you feel better. I would begin training for a marathon if you have not been exercising at all but a moderated exercise program or maintaining one that you have already been doing is absolutely fine and encouraged. If a low impact exercise program would make you worry less then there are actually a lot of options including cycling, fast walking and swimming. You might also consider yoga. Focusing on nutrition can also be important for some patients with PCOS, Good luck... Dr. Walmer
 
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morningeorgia replied to David K Walmer, MD, PhD's response:
Thank you so much, Dr. Walmer! This advice is very helpful and reassuring. I'm going to be looking into yoga and swimming - I think those would be great exercises for me. And I'll try to keep up my fresh, healthy diet, too!


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