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We have been trying to get pregnant this year, is it ok to work out hard after ovulation?

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Dr. David Escobar
Dr. David Escobaranswered
Family Medicine 9 years experience
Yes: Exercise normally should have no affect on ovulation in and of itself. Ovulation is an event following a complex interplay of hormones in the body. However, some women who engage in very intense, regular exercise (e.g., marathon runners, tri-athletes) may stop having their period due to loss of body fat. However, if you are just working out hard every now and then, it shouldn't be a factor.
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Getting pregnant: Yes. There are no adequate studies that show any harm from exercise in early pregnancy (as long as you avoid severe overheating). It should not make any difference.

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