It’s a good question and one that is surrounded by a lot of misguided information. When trying to get pregnant, you should be doing low-intensity, “workouts.” In truth, you may not even consider these things workouts. We recommend our clients and anyone trying to get pregnant to practice:
- Walking: Walking has continuously been shown to be the best exercise as it increases blood flow throughout your body, stimulates growth hormones, increases feel-good hormones like dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin, and promotes neuronal growth (your brain controls your hormones so having a healthy brain means a healthy endocrine system and a healthy reproductive system) while avoiding any acute microtraumas associated with more intense exercises.
- Yoga: Yoga has been shown to increase blood flow throughout your body and particularly to reproductive organs when practicing specific “fertility” poses, as well as foster a calm and peaceful state of mind.
Overall, walking and yoga are our two most highly recommended forms of exercise, but we also recommend other low impact exercises like swimming and tai chi.
What types of exercise should I avoid when trying to get pregnant?
If you already read the above, you can probably stop reading here, but if you just like some extra reinforcement, we highly suggest you avoid any and all high intensity/impact exercise including but not limited to sprinting, jumping, cross-fit, heavy lifting, and any contact sport including basketball, soccer, and volleyball.