When you’re trying to get pregnant and you’ve had many losses or are having difficulty getting pregnant, your doctor may tell you not to exercise too much as it can throw off your cycle and make it difficult to conceive. However, exercise in moderation is helpful for maintaining a healthy weight, reducing stress and improving overall well-being.
I discovered two DVD workout programs that focus on fertility and pre-pregnancy that I think are excellent:
Restoring Fertility – Yoga for optimal fertility
by Drs. Brandon Horn, PhD, LAc (FABORM) and Wendy Yu PhD(c), LAc (FABORM)
There are 4 DVDs in the package, one for each phase of the menstrual cycle: The Menstrual Phase, The Follicular Phase, The Ovulatory Phase, and The Luteal Phase. I love doing these yoga exercises because they really focus on the different points in your cycle and I feel like they’re helping to balance out my cycle.
Pregnancy Fitness – Moms Into Fitness
by Lindsay Brin
This fitness program, is part of a 4 DVD set and is broken up into 4 workouts: Pre-pregnancy and First Trimester, Second Trimester, Third Trimester and Postnatal Bootcamp. I use the first DVD in the set for pre-pregnancy exercise. It incorporates strengthening exercises with cardio. It’s not too intense and really focuses on getting and keeping your body in shape for pregnancy. My only criticism of this workout is it is also carried through into the first trimester and I find it difficult after my losses to do a workout that features pregnant women. However, the exercises are really good and I highly recommend it, if you’re feeling up to it emotionally.
Walking is free and excellent for keeping in shape. I try to walk at least 30 min per day, 3 or 4 times per week. Add some hills in your route for an added challenge and to get your heart-rate up.