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Exercise linked to conception

exerciseTrying to conceive? You may be able to boost your baby-making odds with some moderate exercise say researchers. While following 3,500 women ages 18 to 40, they found that those who engaged in activities such as walking, cycling and gardening for more than five hours a week were 18 percent more likely to get pregnant during any menstrual cycle than women who were active for less than an hour per week.

But don't overdo it. They also found that vigorous exercise may delay conception. Women whose weight was normal, as well as very lean women, who worked out vigorously (think aerobics and running) for more than five hours a week reduced their chances of becoming pregnant by 32 percent compared to women didn't exercise vigorously (obese or overweight women who exercised vigorously didn't see the same drop in conception odds). Researchers hypothesize that having too little body fat may play a role in problems conceiving; hard exercise may also make it more difficult for the egg to implant in the uterus, they say. While the study, which appeared in Fertility and Sterility, doesn't prove that exercise directly affects fertility, it may be wise to talk with your healthcare provider about your workout routine and if it needs any adjustments before trying to conceive.