We all know that exercise is good for your health.
Turns outs it’s also good for your fertility.
However, now is not the time to train for the marathon!
Vigorous exercise is not recommended if you are trying to conceive, as it can interfere with ovulation.
That doesn’t give you permission to put your feet up and stay on the couch, though.
Exercises such as brisk walking, yoga, circuit training and weight training are some good options.
Don’t forget about your partner!
Male fertility is less impacted by exercise than female fertility.
However, extreme or vigorous exercise is still not recommended for men and a switch to more moderate forms of exercise is a better option.
If you are looking for a way to reconnect to your body, keep toned and fit, plus engage the relaxation response, fertility yoga is another good option!
When you combine gentle movement such as yoga with mindfulness and deep breathing, you begin to alleviate the stress and anxiety associated with infertility.
As your stress levels begin to reduce, your cortisol levels begin to lower (cortisol is the stress hormone and high levels can adversely affect your sex hormones, leading to hormonal imbalance and infertility).
Here are some specific yoga poses that can enhance fertility.
The supported yoga poses gently stretch, relax muscles and promote blood flow to the reproductive organs.
Supported Bridge Pose
This pose helps to improve blood circulation, calm the brain and central nervous system.
Helps to increase awareness, steadies breathing and improves circulation.
Helps to improve circulation, release tension in the organs and muscles.
Wondering if fertility yoga can really help with conception?
A 2000 study conducted by Harvard Medical School researcher Alice Domar, Ph.D., published the results of a study in Fertility and Sterility (Vol.73, No.4) showed women who participated in her program, which included relaxation and yoga, were almost three times more likely to get pregnant that women who didn’t.
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Sarah Clarke is a Fertility Coach and the author of Fabulously Fertile