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Fertility, Weight & Exercise

Even though weight is the variable about which least is known, it is worth mentioning that having regular workouts is believed to help fertility. A study in Obstetrics & Gynecology concluded that women who exercised 30 minutes or more daily had a reduced risk of infertility due to ovulation disorders. On the other hand, some data links too much vigorous exercise (over-exerting) with lowered fertility, as both a 2009 study in Human Reproduction and a Harvard study of elite athletes found.  Clearly, with both studies seemingly contradicting each other, there isn’t a clear guide on the amount of exercise one should do – but one should exercise moderately, and daily, if possible.

The Ideal Weight to Conceive

The optimal weight for conceiving is neither that of a size two runway model nor a couch potato. “You don’t have to be a size 6 to have a baby,” says lead study researcher and ob-gyn Abbey Berenson, MD. “This isn’t about what looks good on a runway. It’s about making your body healthy enough to carry a child.” The sweet spot for many women translates to the normal BMI range (18.5 to 24.9), which is associated with optimal reproductive function. Research shows that 12 percent of infertility cases may result from being under that range and 25 percent from being over it. The two extremes tax the body in ways that disturb hormone production and ovulation, Dr. Brzyski says.

Acupuncture, Weight And Pregnancy

You need to find a balance between the two; that’s when your body functions optimally. At New Leaf Acupuncture Clinic, Dublin, we help our clients reach optimal health and weight for fertility and pregnancy – whether your are trying for a natural conception or with the help or IUI or IVF.

Posted by Niall O’Leary

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