In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is highly successful in helping patients achieve a healthy pregnancy. However, in order to help ensure the success of treatment, it is important that patients care for themselves properly throughout the treatment process. Many patients question whether it is safe to exercise while undergoing IVF treatment. We advise our New Orleans patients on IVF exercise safety tips that can help patients stay healthy and active throughout treatment while avoiding any unnecessary risks of treatment.
Exercise and IVF
Exercise and healthy nutrition are important factors that contribute to a person’s overall health and well-being. Of course, it is ideal for all patients to care for their physical health, and exercise is encouraged as a part of that care. However, when it comes to IVF, the rules for exercise change slightly. While exercise is acceptable during IVF treatment, patients should be careful about what types of exercises are performed. Patients should also be careful to work within their own comfort zone. For example, if a patient has not previously had a strenuous exercise routine, it is not advisable to start one once the IVF process has begun. For those who are active with their exercise routine, they may continue with this in the early stages of IVF, however, as treatment progresses (generally once injections begin), patients are advised to stick to low-impact exercises such as the following:
- Light hand weights
While these exercises are generally considered safe throughout treatment, there may be certain times when patients are asked to refrain from exercise completely.
The Risks of High Impact Exercise During IVF
For some, it can be frustrating to change a long-standing exercise routine. However, it is important that patients avoid all unnecessary risks of IVF treatment in order to increase the chances of a successful pregnancy. The reason that patients are asked to avoid high-impact exercises during the IVF treatment process is because it can lead to ovarian torsion. When undergoing IVF treatment, the ovaries become enlarged. With the impact of strenuous, aerobic exercises, such as running, it is possible that the enlarged ovaries will become twisted, which will complicate the IVF treatment process.
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In vitro fertilization is a lengthy, multi-step treatment, during which, patients are bound to have many questions and concerns. At The Fertility Institute, our physicians are always here to answer those questions and discuss all aspects of treatment. If you are interested in learning more about the IVF treatment process, schedule an appointment with one of our fertility experts at your earliest convenience. We look forward to meeting you!