In Vitro Fertilization is a procedure that takes a lot of time and preparation and if successful, it will result in an embryo that will be implanted into the mother's uterus. After the embryo is placed, there is a 2 week waiting (2WW) period, which will be required for the embryo to get attached to the uterus. During this period you may have to restrict your activities, because strenuous exercise can affect the outcome of the implantation.
Exercise and the 2WW
The 2 week wait period is the 14 days required for the embryo to attach to the walls of the uterus. After this period, you may take a pregnancy test and see if you are pregnant. Most fertility doctors will recommend that you relax and avoid strenuous exercise during the 2 week wait period. This is due to the fact that the exercise may affect the implantation process and you may not become pregnant. However, there are many types of exercise that are safe and can be performed. Other doctors will recommend only 2 days of rest and will allow you to return to your normal routine.
Avoid These Types of Exercise
Even though some doctors claim that it is totally safe to stick to your exercise routine, even during the 2 week wait period, to be on the safe side you can avoid some types of exercise that may affect the embryo implantation. Stay away from these types of workouts:
- Jogging and running
- Lifting weights of more than 15 pounds
There are various types of workout that you can opt for during the 2 WW. Walking is a great means of exercising and it will help you burn a few extra calories. You can also do some stretching exercises, and yoga and pilates are also safe. However, you need to make sure you don't get too tired and your temperature doesn't become too elevated. Make sure you hydrate during the exercise routine.
If your body is used to exercising, you can perform your regular workout, but reduce the time or the intensity of the workout. If you feel tired, you should stop from exercising. Some patients may consider the exercise important during the 2 WW. Exercising is a means to relax, and relaxation is needed during this difficult waiting period.
Some women may also become stressed if not exercising, especially if they are very self conscious and are afraid of gaining a few pounds. Stress is not beneficial during the 2WW, so it should be avoided. Some doctors say that the stress caused by not exercising can be more detrimental than the exercise itself.
Consequently, if your body is used to getting regular exercise, you can exercise safely during the 2WW, just make sure you don't overdo it. Try avoiding some strenuous types of activities. Make sure you relax and don't stress about the outcome of the in vitro fertilization.