After 5 failed IUI's & 6 failed IVF's we threw in the towel w/ ART and then got a NATURAL miracle BFP! Hoping and praying it is finally our take home baby! Mother to our twins boys in heaven -lost at 22.5wks on 6/20/09 and 1 other little angel in heaven.
Our Miracle has arrived... Caden James...
Andrea...wife, SAHM to 3.5 yo DS and 1 yo DD.
When you are pregnant the thought is that you don't want your heartrate over 140 because of the THEORY of blood being decreased to the placenta and increased to your vital organs. This is also unproven, and there have been some small studies of running moms who have higher birthweights on their babies then average.
I walk 25 miles a week and also paddleboat about 3 hours a week. I've done this routine for years, the only thing that varies is the 3 hours of outdoor activity which is dictated by the season.
I am overweight, so I feel it is especially important for me to be as healthy and strong to compenesate for any damage my extra bodyfat could have. I can only imagine a healthy lifestyle will help me when trying to concieve. Or... I hope it will.
I think the only exception would be if you are excercising to the point of losing your period (as some professional athletes do). Obviously, then it would be impacting your fertility.
once you're pregnant, i think it's good to do low impact exercise, or to continue whatever routine you're used to. i've heard it's not the time to start up something new, but for at least the first trimester, one can continue most exercise, even running. i've heard more about body temp than about heart rate. (or maybe the heart rate is another way of assessing what body temp might be?) obviously you don't want to overheat - similar to the effects of having a high fever.
I intend to exercise right into my pregnancy until I am not able. I manage my weight through exercise and Weight Watchers. I need to keep exercising while TTC in order to not gain weight. I hope to have a healthy pregnancy that allows me to walk on my treadmill for as many months as possible...right up to delivery if I am lucky:
Here's an interesting article on a runner who did just that: