Before I started my surrogacy journey, I was a regular at the gym; working out at least three days a week. However, since the embryo transfer, I was confined to three days of bed rest and advised to take things easy until the day of pregnancy test. The doctor explained that it was to aid implantation and that after the three days bed rest, I could resume light work out. But trust me not to take any chances, I have since relegated all thoughts and cravings for the gym to the background and I only manage evening walks around the block. But then, some days back, I was strolling past Instagram when a #ttcsister posted a picture of herself at the gym and captioned it getting my work out done…just what I need to get my mind off the 2ww. Apparently, she was getting paranoid with waiting, and working out helped her ease off the tension.
Many #ttcsisters use working out as therapy while they wait for their pregnancy test, and I totally understand why. Sitting or lying in bed all day can drive one nuts, because you have more than enough time to wonder what’s going on in your body. When you add that tension to all the foods I have binged on from the comfort of my bed, and the attendant guilty conscience; hitting the gym can definitely do one a world of good. But then I wonder, what I would do to myself if I did work out…albeit lightly, and ended up with a BFN. Even though, the failed implantation might not have anything to do with the exercise, I would most likely have deep regrets and guilt…wondering if the situation would have been different if I had simply stayed in bed through the 2-week wait! I am not sure I would forgive myself…even if the doctor tries to reassure me that exercising had nothing to do with it.
Yet, I miss working out and burning carbs. I detest the sedentary life I have been confined to, and I can’t wait for the 2-week wait to be over. As much as I crave to hit the gym, I can’t get the thought off my head that the wriggling, bouncing, bending and jumping can jostle my precious embryos out of place. In an E-book I bought when I was TTC, How to Have A Baby: Overcoming Infertility, the authors stated that physical activity during the implantation phase does not affect your chances of conception, as long as everything is done in moderation. They also described ‘moderate’ to mean 30 minutes of light workout, four days a week. They however suggested that if you think you might blame yourself for failed implantation because you exercised during that period, then don’t exercise. I have thus determined to take the path of least regret. I would like to know that I did everything possible to aid implantation; bed rest and pineapple core binge included.
But for our sisters who choose to work out during this phase, many doctors believe they have nothing to worry about. At the implantation stage, Lady Egg and Mr. Sperm have already met and the embryo has already formed. Implantation phase starts when the embryo reaches the cervix and implants in the uterine wall, and the placenta begins to form. Doctors say that the uterine walls firmly holds the embryos and gravitational forces cannot force it out. However, these same doctors tend to be more careful if you are undergoing IVF, because they want to minimize all tension and stress on the body. Because IVF is expensive and comes with no-guarantees, all factors that could possible interfere with implantation must be ruled out. So if your conception is natural, then I guess you can still get some work out done, but if not, please endure the 2-week wait, and stay away from gym or aerobics. I hear we can engage in yoga though…I have been doing some simple procedures of late and I did find them relaxing.
I know some ladies who are so addicted to working out, that they cannot imagine being sedentary for even a minute. And of course, we have to put into consideration all the manifold benefits of exercising, so if you want to exercise during the 2-week wait, then try some mild exercise that does not jack up your body, but which at least still improves your metabolism. The American Pregnancy Association recommends low-impact exercises for women in their 2-week wait…including yoga, swimming, walking and stationary cycling. I am looking forward to the end of this 2-week wait, so I can get my BFP and gladly meet up with my trainer. Even then, I am sure my routine would change, as I certainly would not want to disturb the growing babies one bit.
Staying active is important, whether you are trying to conceive or already
The bottom line is, staying active is important, through all stages of trying to conceive, pregnancy and beyond. If you stay away from extreme fitness routines and stick with moderate to low impact workouts, everything should be just fine! Some great low impact or moderate workout routines include walking, swimming, yoga, pilates, and exercises of that sort. It is really important that you stay healthy and don’t cut out exercise all together.
However, if you are currently doing high impact or strenuous workouts, don’t feel bad to cut it down a notch while you are trying to conceive, if that makes you feel better
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