Dear Fitness Expert,
My husband and I have been trying for 1 1/2; years to conceive and are now under the care of a reproductive endocrinologist. I have been an avid runner and do some moderate weight lifting for about 6 years now. We had the Intrauterine Insemination a little over a week ago and I am dying to work out, but many people have said to just hang tight for a couple of weeks.
Is this necessary? Will running or lifting some weights have any affect on conception? Please advise...
Once you are pregnant, the story will be different. We always advise women who have been working out as you have to continue with their regular workout routine. Your body is acclimated to the workout and can handle the new load.
However, you have special circumstances that must be considered. When you workout, you inner core temperature does change and because the fetus has no mechanism to sweat we always caution new moms-to-be to avoid getting too hot. Athlete/moms must avoid bringing the body temperature over 101°F. You hear talk of watching the heart beats per minute but the real concern is inner core temperature -- something that must be watched with runners.
For this reason, it is advised that you wait -- hang on a little while longer -- to hear those great results you've waited so long to hear. Good luck and please keep us posted. I know this isn't what you wanted to hear. As a runner, I know how stir crazy one can get but the wait is worth it!
***By the way, once you are pregnant, look up our information on how to determine your inner core temperature and how you can be sure to have a safer, healthier pregnancy while working out.
Alexandra Allred is a former member of the US Women's Bobsled team, is an accomplished martial artist, and continues to teach kickboxing while juggling her career as a full-time writer and mother of three. She has interviewed hundreds of athletes, models, actresses, trainers, doctors, and health/fitness experts as she sought to find answers to her own questions about working out while pregnant, arranging breast-feeding around a training schedule, diet when pregnant and breastfeeding, and encouraging her whole family.
Alex is the author of ten books, including Atta Girl! A Celebration of Women in Sports and Entering the Mother Zone: Balancing Self, Health & Family. We're excited to have her on board!