Exercise and IUI


#1

I have been trying to find some good answers to this question online, but the answers are all over the place. I have been spinning since about June… and doing moderate weight lifting etc. Do I need to cut back at any time in my cycle while doing IUI? I have read that some places say to cut back during implantation… but I am not really sure when or how much. I have my IUI scheduled for Sunday and normally I do a class on Sunday, which I will skip. I wonder if I need to skip on Monday too? Implantation doesnt happen until the following week right? So then do I need to cut back the next week?


#2

I know what you mean, it’s hard to get any definitive answers on this issue!

One thing that I heard from my Dr. and I’ve ready online the odd time is that during the 2ww you want to avoid exercise that would raise your core body temperature too much as that could negatively affect ovulaton, whether you will get implantation and could result in increased miscarriage risk. The problem is that it’s hard to find any data on what such exercise would be. Hot yoga is the one that’s mentioned most often, but I would think any sort of intense cardio where you’ve got sweat dripping down your body would also apply.

So, I would stay away from spinning during that time, but weights should be fine. I think going for a run or a bike ride in cool temperatures outside would be okay too (but I have no proof of this, just seems common sense).

Good luck!


#3

I do spinning and light weight lifting too. I was told by my nurse not to do the weight lifting while my ovaries are being stimulated because the ovaries might be enlarged, and weight lifting could potentially cause torsion of the ovaries. I was also told not to do spinning classes during the 2ww because it can raise your body temp up too high and be bad for a pregnancy. As long as you haven’t been hyperstimulated, moderate cardio exercise should be fine. I know of some ladies on the IVF board who were told to just keep their heart rates under 140 while exercising. I think I might follow that advice during my upcoming 2ww. I hope this helps. Good luck.


#4

Yeah this is a very frustrating issue, because of course I want the IUI to work and I do not want to miscarry… but I also am finally in a good routine for the FIRST time in my adult life.

I have read a lot about whether or not its ok to exercise while pregnant and everything says that you basically can do light to moderate exercise. But there is very little info about what to do while doing fertility treatments. I was terrified for so long to workout and I ended up gaining weight… then in June I finally had reached my limit and decided just to go ahead and workout while TTC.

Another problem is that I love it… its really something I enjoy. I guess I will have to ask the doctor on Sunday and see what he says. Since starting the clomid I havent gotten too crazy while spinning and I bought a HRM for this very reason (I also read the stat of 140bpm). I do sweat of course, but not excessively. The room I am in is pretty cool, I think they keep it at 60 degrees.

Im just afraid that I might prevent implantation if I am exercising at all. :frowning:


#5

The education course I took at my fertility clinic specifically said no weight lifting and extreme exercise during treatments.

Light exercise is fine and still good for you!

Maybe find an alternative to your exercise routine for a little while and then get back to your current regime.


#6

Thanks for asking this question, I was wondering the same thing. My DH and I are scheduled to run/walk a 5K this weekend and 2 - 5K’s next weekend, one with extreme hills. While I’m not a huge couch potato, I haven’t been doing these for THAT long.

Should I do it or should I just sit out? I had my IUI last Friday and I’ll test next Friday.
Thanks for all your comments, don’t mean to hijack, just super curious.


#7

My RE said I should walk 30-45 minutes a day and not to get overheated. She also said to not do anything that would cause a lot straining. I usually do a lot of zumba but will be walking instead.


#8

This has been the topic most confusing to me. I have worked out in the gym most of my adult life. I do intense cardio and lift pretty heavy weights. I always push myself. I strongly believe that this is a factor in out TCC problems. The times I have slacked off in this department I have been pregnant.

I once read it like this, and it makes sense, your body doesn’t know that you want to be on that treadmill running and huffing and puffing. It thinks that you are in some sort of danger and releases certain chemicals that signals stress to your body. On top of this your body is a very wise thing in that it becomes less fertile in times of danger or strife.

This being said, I have changed my routine to very light weights and walking just to be safe. I don’t want to go arount thinking that it was my exercise that jeoporadized it all.


#9

This really is a good question. I’ve spent the last 2 years working out 5-6 days a week with weights and intense aerobic exercise to loose some weight. My RE said that it was fine to do what I was doing, but no running during the treatments… BUT I did 5 IUIs and got BFNs each time… I actually saw some comments on this site when I first found it that were discussing the whole core body temp and heartbeat. So, this time I put a hold on exercising during the 2ww… and got a BFP! Not sure if that’s what made the difference, but from what I’ve seen it looks like walking is alright as long as you don’t get over heated… swimming is also supposed to be a great exercise. I’ve been so nervous since finding out I am pregnant, I don’t want to do anything at all that may harm the little bean. I haven’t been to the gym in a month now! I am going to start to swim this weekend though.


#10

Stop spinning!

I was an avid spinner, did spin class three times a week, lifted light/moderate weights three times a week and ran three times a week. When I went to see my RE for the first time, I asked about my exercise routine. Since I always wore a heart rate monitor, I had stats to give her, and she advised me to stop spinning. (My regular GYN had told me it was fine). My RE said that my body temp was more than likely getting too high to support a pregnancy, so even if I did conceive, the embryo wouldn’t survive. This expained a lot. I had just started spin class when I got pregnant the first time, and m/c at 4.5 weeks, right after a spin class! That was 11 months ago. I just started seeing my RE at the end of Aug of this year, and this is my 2nd complete cycle without ANY exercise, and I finally got my :bfp: !!

I think walking is okay, and maybe light jogging or the elliptical machine, but [B]only[/B] if you keep your heart rate and body temp down (below 140)!! My thought process about this situation is that since I am paying all this money to see a fertility specialist and taking meds, etc, then I can take off of exercise while doing so. Why risk it? I loved spinning more than anything! It was really hard for me to give up, both physically and mentally but I am so glad that I did. I plan to start exercising again as soon as I get the okay from my RE. I will probably start walking, maybe light hand weights and yoga throughout my pregnancy, and will start spinning again afterwards to help lose the baby weight. This is just my opinion, so feel free to take it with a grain of salt, but I honestly think if I had been told to stop spinning a long time ago, I would have gotten :preg: much sooner. (My IUI was cancelled this month b/c my DH was sick, so we actually conceived on our own!!!) Also, two other ladies in my spin class also miscarried early in their pregnancy, so I do think it is too much stress for the body. :babydust: I wish you all the best of luck. :grouphug:


#11

Hey Amanda, great 2nd Beta #!!
:cheer:


#12

Here are my thoughts on this. My RE told me not to start any new excercise routines and keep doing what I’ve been doing. But I don’t know if it was clear to my RE that I push myself pretty hard during exercise. The heart rate issue, makes sense to me, as a lower heart rate will prevent you from over heating. I haven’t measured my temp, but I’m sure it’s elevated when I do my normal exercise routine. Question is, how much elevation is too much? To be on the safe side and since we’re shelling a lot of $$ out for these treatments, I’ve stopped my normal routine altogether.

So no running at all (used to run 20-25 miles a week), no lap swimming where my heart beat goes over 150, no weights, no spinning. I also tried to give up underwater hockey (you read that right :wink: ) as I’m worried about low oxygen levels. That can’t be good. This IUI cycle, I’ll promised my DH I’ll not play anymore.

I’ve gain at least 5 pounds in the last couple months and am feeling my clothes getting tight. But it’s for a good cause so it doesn’t bother me. I’ll work it off after delivery, or not… not a big deal for me. I’m more worried about my mental health as excercise keeps me sane.

I’ve started up yoga instead, to work on core strength and mental health and find it extremely satisfying. I can still challenge myself (it’s hard!) and thus makes a good replacement for my old cardio routine.

But I do want to build in more activity, so perhaps I’ll start a walking routine. I’m think of asking my friend if I can borrow her dog, who is terrific company.


#13

Thanks everyone for the advice. I think you are all probably right… that I shouldnt be spinning at least during the 2ww. I am super excited because I just got a +OPK a day early! Yay!!! So my first IUI is tomorrow.

I am going to ask the doc about the first 2 weeks of the cycle in case I get a BFN… but otherwise I am just going to take it easy and walk for the next two weeks!

I wonder though if I could have gotten pregnant naturally had I not been spinning. I started spinning about a month after my endo surgery so who knows… I did tell my doc about my exercising when I first started and he didnt seem to think it was going to be a problem.

But like you said, Ab, we are spending a lot of money on this… not to mention the money I spend on spinning… so I might as well take it easy and look forward to possibly spinning again in 9 months! :cross:


#14

[quote=knpoduch]Thanks everyone for the advice. I think you are all probably right… that I shouldnt be spinning at least during the 2ww. I am super excited because I just got a +OPK a day early! Yay!!! So my first IUI is tomorrow.

I am going to ask the doc about the first 2 weeks of the cycle in case I get a BFN… but otherwise I am just going to take it easy and walk for the next two weeks!

I wonder though if I could have gotten pregnant naturally had I not been spinning. I started spinning about a month after my endo surgery so who knows… I did tell my doc about my exercising when I first started and he didnt seem to think it was going to be a problem.

But like you said, Ab, we are spending a lot of money on this… not to mention the money I spend on spinning… so I might as well take it easy and look forward to possibly spinning again in 9 months! :cross:[/quote]

Good luck with your IUI tomorrow!!! :babydust: :bsv:


#15

[quote=knpoduch]Thanks everyone for the advice. I think you are all probably right… that I shouldnt be spinning at least during the 2ww. I am super excited because I just got a +OPK a day early! Yay!!! So my first IUI is tomorrow.

I am going to ask the doc about the first 2 weeks of the cycle in case I get a BFN… but otherwise I am just going to take it easy and walk for the next two weeks!

I wonder though if I could have gotten pregnant naturally had I not been spinning. I started spinning about a month after my endo surgery so who knows… I did tell my doc about my exercising when I first started and he didnt seem to think it was going to be a problem.

But like you said, Ab, we are spending a lot of money on this… not to mention the money I spend on spinning… so I might as well take it easy and look forward to possibly spinning again in 9 months! :cross:[/quote]

Good luck tomorrow with your IUI! :babydust:

My regular GYN that told me that spin was completely okay, and that I could do whatever I was doing before ttc, asked me several months later what spinning was. :slight_smile: I don’t think he understood how intense the exercise was (my heart rate is usually 170-180 while I spin). I honestly wasn’t surprised when my RE said no. It will be there for you in 9 months. :flower:


#16

I teach full time and waitress on weekends. My IUI is supposed to be today. If I have it today, can I waitress the next two days?


#17

So I just wanted to update you ladies on what my doc said. He said that i should take it easy during the first 5-10 days because of the implantation. But i should be ok to do light exercise the rest of the cycle. Hopefully it works the first time and I don’t have to worry about it! He did understand what spinning was too, i double checked that he knew what it was. :). And ouch! That IUI was pretty painful. But worth it!!!