Exercise around the time of ovulation, conception and implantation

My web site is here to provide you with exercise advice, tips and interesting pregnancy/postnatal interesting factoids. But sometimes I will tackle the tricky stuff. There is such conflicting advice about exercise around the time of ovulation, conception and implantation that I am going to try and give you a useful, sensible answer.

If you have never had any problems getting pregnant then you might not know that much about the actual processes involved in conception and implantation inside the body. If, on the other hand you are putting a lot of effort into getting pregnant, for example BBT charting, ovulation predictor kits (OPKs), IVF, special diets or drugs or anything else then you will want to make sure that exercise is not going to have any kind of negative impact on these delicate hormonal processes.

My advice is not based on formal research (you will see from my post about early miscarriage there is no conclusive evidence around this), it is based around making sure that in your head you know that you have given yourself the best possible chance of having a viable pregnancy. It is what I would do myself and tell my friends to do.

Let’s take it one step at a time:

  • During your period (AF) you might not feel like exercise, but try and keep up your regular routine, it may help!
  • Between AF and ovulation you can do all your regular routines, go a bit mad, do high intensity stuff and really push yourself. Really enjoy it, mix it up and get stuck in!
  • Around the time of ovulation/conception you may want to take it down a notch. Take out all the really mad stuff, but keep it regular (ideally 3-5 times a week for 30 mins+, mix of CV and resistance). Try lower impact options and avoid working yourself beyond a point where you can still hold a conversation mid workout. If you are a regular exerciser and you stop completely it will probably make you miserable (and it might take a while to get pregnant!) so try to carry on.
  • Between conception and implantation continue in the same vein. Exercise, even jumping and jogging, will not make the egg fall out, if it is going to implant it will so don’t get too anxious!  (and if it doesn’t it is not down to you). Just continue to be a bit wary around doing anything too vigorous, working at high-maximal intensities. Regular vigorous exercise may have an impact on female hormones (we know that some athletes stop having periods). So- keep it moderate and regular.

Fingers crossed this is the cycle for you. If not then have a treat (maybe a big coffee or glass of wine if you have been off it) and a good, full on workout to feel a little bit better. If you do get pregnant please keep up the exercise, don’t stress too much about miscarriage and check out my book for exercises designed to be safe for each trimester.

I know trying for a baby is a difficult time and often like  a roller coaster, but try to keep healthy, fit and positive x

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Thank you! I take that as a compliment! Yes, I do live and breathe this stuff. We all have our passions! I am glad you found the site useful. Lucie x

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I am glad you find my site interesting. Lucie x

Yanti
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Thank you this lucie, a very good reads after all i’ve been through this year.. 2x misscarried and now we are TTC.. And hopefully there’s miracle happen… 🙂

lucieb
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Thanks, good luck to you xxx

Lakshmy
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Hi Lucie, you just answered my questions in the best possible way.
I’ve brought down my usual high intensity cardio training workouts to Tracy Anderson’s Pregnancy Project month 1, although, I’m really not sure, if Implantation has occurred. (Too early to say, its has just been 3 days since I’ve tried to conceive. I really miss my usual workouts and I’m super miserable as you said, can I go for a 4 KM jog for the next 2 weeks? and can I do jumping jacks at least?

Thanks!

lucieb
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Hiya, thanks for getting in touch! I would have thought a jog and a few jacks would be completely fine – try to not get anxious about it (I know it is hard) that will do you more harm in terms of getting pregnant! Good luck to you x

Christy
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So I’m not an everyday runner but I ran pretty virtuously the day of suspected ovulation, can just one run effect fertilization or implantation? Do hormones immediately spike from running?
Thanks in advance

NFA
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Hey Lucy! Thanks so much for this article! I actually went to an exercise class just yesterday and am beating myself up over it. I normally avoid exercise during the 2ww period but thanksgiving was just last week and I really felt the urge to exercise. I went to yoga sculpt which is almost like a bootcamp style class with mountain climbers, jumping jacks, burpees, etc in addition to more traditional yoga style poses with light weights (5 lbs). Do you think the mountain climbers, jumping jacks could have affected my implantation? I am really regretting going. ugh!

lucieb
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I really dont think so. Keeping yourself fit and healthy is the best approach and your class wouldnt have stopped implantation. Only super-high long duration exercise might have an effect so keep it up!x

adwoa
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Please can I continue to do my step aerobics while trying to conceive? I have been trying for about 3years now. Thanks.

lucieb
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Absolutely, doing step wont affect your ability to concieve. If anything being fit and healthy will help so carry on enjoying it! Happy stepping! x

Wendy
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Hi Lucie,

I’ve just read your article and it has put my mind at rest. I’m going to continue exercising but reduce the intensity to a mild paced walk and gentle weights. Exercising reduces my stress levels considerably so I figure it’s better to be less stressed and keep my mind at ease to possibly aid implantation, rather than stop altogether and get anxious about waiting.

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Leann
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I too love step aerobics, but I do get out of breath during the class so does that effect my chances of conceiving?

Lacy
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This really resonates with me. I’m going through ivf and the doc said do half of my usual workout. I workout religiously with a 30 minute jog/sprint every other day. I am miserable! I thought the hormones were changing my mood but I realized it’s because I can’t exercise as usual.

bnb
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Hi Luci,
This is the best post I have found after tons of searching about exercise and TTC.
I do power yoga, which is quite intensive, do you think i can continue doing this through the entire month while ttc?

Chinky
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Hi Lucie,

We tried last night to conceive is it fine if I do jogging, cycling , yoga or core exercises on moderate level. I hope it will not effect to conceive ??

Ron
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Hi Lucie. I have been practising yoga for more than 4 months and do almost all postures that is demonstrated in my class. There are certain postures that put lot of pressure on my abdominal region. Just wondering if yoga is a safe practise when trying to conceive.

ssk
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Hi thanks for info! I am 40 and ttc for first time, I have ran about 10 miles a day for 22 years, and recently cut back due to my desire to get pregnant. I have altered to 10-15 miles of elliptical (less impact) per day. I am currently coming up on ovulation and wonder if I need to be cutting more—especially during ovulation at my age? Ugh…

Anita
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Hi
I have been struggling to conceive for two years aged 41 but I have just started spinning and I love my bike. I feel better for doing it ! Is it safe to carry on a mild spin for thirty mins during ovulation?
I have changed my diet and started finally taking the supplements. I have had lots of tests and been given unexplained infertility
Any tips I would be grateful for as I have just discovered the joy of excercise rather than it being s chore.

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