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hopeso Sun 31-Jul-11 20:53:32

Hi All
My doctor has advised not to do weights or any intensive aerobic exercise such as running while trying to conceive. Has anyone else heard this advice and do you know why? I need to lose a bit of weight to get healthy so I am not sure this is the best advice!

Ariesgirl Sun 31-Jul-11 20:57:54

Two words for you: Paula and Radcliffe. Four actually: Liz and McColgan.

Sounds like bollocks to me! Get on yer bike! (and I mean that in the nicest possible way of course) I think it's only bad if you exercise so extremely it interferes with ovulation.

Good luck.

Ariesgirl Sun 31-Jul-11 20:58:17

Disclaimer: though I know nothing of weights.

havealittlefaithbaby Sun 31-Jul-11 22:08:31

I think the advice should be not to take then up *when you're already pregnant'. That's because intense exercising like that causes significant temperature changes in the body until you get used to it, the temp changes ate bad for the foetus
I thought exercise is fine when ttc, as aries says there's plenty of athletes who've had kids. I'm overweight and ttc. I go to a ladies gym who know I'm ttc, I've done boot camp (hardcore) and they never advised against it. If you're not used to exercising maybe start with something that's lower impact but you could build up to higher intensity?

hopeso Mon 01-Aug-11 00:25:37

Thanks. Yes, I am quite used to exercise though don't do it often enough. I think I need to do some aerobic otherwise I won't get fit. Better for state of mind as well as more energy for ttc, eh!! Thanks for responses.

eurochick Mon 01-Aug-11 11:28:09

I've never heard that. In fact, I thought exercise is supposed to be good for you when TTC. Anyway, I am carrying on with my usual stuff (a mix of gym cardio, running and weights). As veterens of this board will know, I think I keep getting PG for a few days and it not sticking. I have certainly noticed a few times that I am just to exhausted to exercise or exercise hard during the 2ww. On those occasions I listen to my body.

A quick google found this which seems to contradict your GP.

I think weights are considered a bad idea as your pregnancy progresses for the same reason that PG women are not supposed to lift things - the hormones preparing your body for birth relax your ligaments making injury more likely. So it could damage you but as far as I know can't harm the baby.

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