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Safe exercises for TTC?
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?
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
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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