Moderate exercise is tied to greater success among women trying to get pregnant, but those who work out vigorously take longer to conceive, an international study has found.
“This study is the first to find that the effect of physical activity on fertility varied by body mass index,” said lead author Lauren Wise, a reproductive epidemiologist at Boston University. Body mass index (BMI) is a ratio of height to weight.
The researchers found that moderate exercise, such as walking, cycling or gardening, was associated with getting pregnant more quickly for all women, regardless of weight.
TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
The Fertility Plan
-- Almost all of these couples – you included – could get pregnant. There’s absolutely no physical reason why they can’t. And this is why it’s so sad. They could get pregnant, and yet they never do.
Most couples that can’t get pregnant fail because they make too many small mistakes. One or two small mistakes alone will not prevent pregnancy, but too many will. Simply eliminating most of those small mistakes will result in most couples finally getting pregnant.
And the small mistakes are the easiest mistakes to make. We all know the biggies – every book on pregnancy and fertility will tell you those. But it’s those small mistakes – the ones books and websites and doctors don’t tell you about – that do the damage.
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