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Do Diet and Exercise Affect Fertility?

Does anyone have any experience with this? Have you ever experienced a true difference in fertility when you changed your diet or lifestyle?

  • Farel Hruska-Stroller Strides Amateur 3 posts since
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    1. Mar 24, 2008 5:28 PM (in response to mvalenti)
    Re: Do Diet and Exercise Affect Fertility?


    Good question and the jury is still out on this, however, the research so far shows that, yes, nutrition and Exercise can affect fertility. Interestingly enough, there are fertility clinics in Canada who refuse to accept patients who smoke or do NOT exercise.



    Seems like staying healthy is a good start toward fertility!






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  • Dirig Rookie 1 posts since
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    2. Aug 23, 2009 10:10 AM (in response to mvalenti)
    Re: Do Diet and Exercise Affect Fertility?

    My OB suggested I cut back exercise by about 10%, which generally equates to keeping my heart rate below 140 and not "pushing the envelope" every day, in his words. It can be confusing because we see everywhere that fit women should exercise for healthier pregnancies, but I think if you're on this community you're already pretty fit. My OB said that if we continue to "push the envelope", we risk oligomenorrhea, which means we might not ovulate because our bodies simply don't have enough body fat to produce estrogen. Estrogen is a hormone that causes us to ovulate, and without ovulation, we don't produce eggs, and you know the rest of the story. No egg, no baby.


    (I'm not a doctor or anywhere close to it. Just asking a lot of questions, like you.)


    Good luck!

  • Healthymommy1 Rookie 7 posts since
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    3. Oct 17, 2009 12:36 PM (in response to mvalenti)
    Re: Do Diet and Exercise Affect Fertility?

    I have been wondering the same thing too...


    Exercise makes me feel better in general so I'm going to keep at it.  I got pregnant with my first baby and I was running daily so I think it is fine as long as you are getting your period.

    Running is my ME time!

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