National Women’s Health & Fitness Day is today! A worthy opportunity to promote wellness for women, it is particularly important when it comes to supporting women on their fertility journey.
Regular, consistent physical activity is known to have many benefits such as:
- Reducing stress and depression
- Lowering the risk of diabetes
- Maintaining strong bones and joints
- Improving sleep
- Keeping skin radiant
- Boosting the immune system
But what about exercise during a fertility journey or IVF cycle? Health and wellness are critically important when trying to achieve a healthy pregnancy, but there are a few helpful tips to keep in mind.
- Stay well hydrated – set a reminder on your phone to drink every two hours.
- Check with your fertility center and/or reproductive endocrinologist for their specific recommendations. These may include decreasing high-impact exercise at the stimulating phase of your cycle and onward to reduce the risk of a serious issue such as ovarian torsion, not overheating yourself, and lowering your intensity level at a certain point in your cycle.
- Listen to your body – don’t apply pressure to yourself. Give yourself some latitude to adjust expectations based on how your body feels.
As women, we often tend to pile on extra goals and it’s common to want to improve overall health and wellness when preparing your body for a baby. Sticking to an exercise routine and/or seeking wellness can even mean a 15-minute walk every day.
Setting realistic fitness goals can increase the chances of success and mean a confidence booster when needed most. Any way you approach it, improving our health and fitness as women can be individualized to meet personal needs and optimize wellness from within.
At Metro Integrative Pharmacy, we‘ve proudly been serving the fertility community for all their prescription and wellness needs for thirty years. Feel free to reach out to us to ask questions to our team of experts and obtain a fertility medications evaluation.
Linda Scruggs BSN, RN has specialized for 15 years in fertility, reproductive medicine, and women’s health. As a nurse, patient educator, and solo mother of two children, she shares personal experience with high-risk pregnancies. Connect with Linda on Instagram at @metrointegrative and @unboxedmom where she serves as a resource to empower and educate women seeking wellness for themselves and their families.
This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions about your medical condition. The information in this article is for educational purposes only.