Jun 15, 2010
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Benefits to Exercise and judging the right amount to Conceive –Part II



Infertility problems among females who exercise are not a consequence of excessively exercising. Often due to less food intake, there is inadequate energy from foods obtainable for meeting all the bodily requirements. In such crisis situations, the body would start prioritizing how it employs its energy and the reproductive system would often be the last in its priority listing. Lesser available energy, inadequate exercising or less body fat would cause several female routine exercisers failing to restore ample calories they exhume, to face indiscernible period problems like luteal phase deficit or squat ovarian functioning.

The energy availability linked to an individual’s non-fat mass is recommended to be around forty-five kcal (calorific intake of foods) / Kg (around 2.2 pounds) of non-fat mass for both the genders on a day-to-day basis. LH or Luteinizing hormone pulsatility that has an impact on fertility is hampered when energy accessibility plummeted lesser than thirty kcal/Kg of non-fat body mass/day.

Since body fat would expend hardly any energy hence it necessary to figure out one’s individual ‘tipping-point’ by the following ways:

  • Analytic software could be used for accurate measurement of calories that one is consuming on a day-to-day basis.
  • Cardiac monitor having a calorie-exhuming calculator could be used when one exercises or using exercise machines having this in-built facility.
  • Using bio-electrical impedance scales (obtainable on the net or at several gymnasiums and physician’s clinics) which would prompt for entering age and sex for providing individual percentage body fat. Now, subtracting this figure from one hundred percent for an approximate of the person’s non-fat mass.

The outcomes would provide a pretty good estimate to physically active people from both genders whether their energy availability or balance is adequate for shielding their fertility.

Drinking ample fluids for maintaining optimum hydration levels must be habitually followed by physically active people of both genders and particularly so for women attempting conception. Pregnancy similar to exercising raises fluid requirements and the body’s metabolism. Hence, women who are trying to conceive should adopt prudent measures in the initial four to six weeks of gestation which is the time when fetal growth is at a swift rate. This would mean not engaging in any form of exercises in heated, damp climatic conditions; wearing light-weight, airy clothes to aid heat dispersal; using a mini fan in case of inadequate aeration in the area. One could check at regular intervals whether one is not over-exerting by trying to speak while working out. In case difficulty is being felt, or breathlessness while trying to speak then it is an apparent sign of excessive workout. Other red alert, caveat signs to be vigilant about are giddiness, cardiac palpitations, breathlessness and lower back/pelvic pains. In case a woman has plans to travel to high altitude locations (2500 metres above sea-level) then giving oneself some time for acclimatizing prior to engaging in any physically exerting activity.

Frequently, a number of physicians continue to be caught up in a time-warp on this matter when in fact women must be urged to engage in some form of physical activity due to the myriad benefits to exercise. Several experts are of the viewpoint that only in the rarest of cases must gestation be a time when confining oneself would be necessary.

Women who are obese or overweight and earlier living an inactive existence appear to do better when they opted for some type of physical activity prior to getting pregnant, despite often not managing to shed any pounds.

Read more at : Benefits to Exercise and judging the right amount to Conceive –Part I

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