Can I Exercise? How Much Is Okay?
Mild to moderate exercise is beneficial to infertility patients and is highly encouraged. Healthy amounts of exercise decrease stress and clearly improve a person’s sense of well-being. Studies show that women who exercise before and during their pregnancy have better obstetrical outcomes and healthier babies than women who are sedentary. For most patients, we recommend exercising 30 minutes per day, 4 or 5 times per week, but lesser amounts of exercise are still beneficial. Even 15 minutes of exercise each day can help reduce stress and improve your physical health.
We highly recommend that women begin or continue exercising during their infertility evaluation and treatments, and perhaps more so for those undergoing treatment with IVF. In our experience, these patients are better able to tolerate the stress related to infertility and IVF.