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Can overdoing exercise prevent you from getting pregnant?

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It's never healthy to be a couch potato. But if you're thinking of getting pregnant, this isn't the time to train for a triathlon. Vigorous exercise might bring on hormone changes that make it hard for your ovaries to make or release eggs.

Intense running, aerobics, swimming, or biking makes it harder to get pregnant even if you're at a healthy weight. But if you're overweight, exercise can help you shed pounds and improve your odds for pregnancy.

SOURCES:

Siobhan Dolan, MD, medical advisor, March of Dimes; professor of obstetrics and gynecology and women's health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; attending physician, division of reproductive genetics, Montefiore Medical Center. 

UpToDate: "Optimizing natural fertility in couples planning pregnancy," "Patient information: How to plan and prepare for a healthy pregnancy (The Basics)."

FDA: "What is the meaning of 'natural' on the label of food?"

March of Dimes: "Getting Healthy Before Pregnancy."

American Society for Reproductive Medicine: "Weight and Fertility."

CDC: "Alcohol Use in Pregnancy," "Medications and Pregnancy."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 26, 2019

SOURCES:

Siobhan Dolan, MD, medical advisor, March of Dimes; professor of obstetrics and gynecology and women's health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; attending physician, division of reproductive genetics, Montefiore Medical Center. 

UpToDate: "Optimizing natural fertility in couples planning pregnancy," "Patient information: How to plan and prepare for a healthy pregnancy (The Basics)."

FDA: "What is the meaning of 'natural' on the label of food?"

March of Dimes: "Getting Healthy Before Pregnancy."

American Society for Reproductive Medicine: "Weight and Fertility."

CDC: "Alcohol Use in Pregnancy," "Medications and Pregnancy."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 26, 2019

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