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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Should I exercise while trying to conceive?

    I exercise 4-5 times a week at the gym, often doing strenuous work outs, can i continue with this regime while trying to conceieve?
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    Kaitlin Edin


    Kaitlin Edin has been in practice since 2009 and has worked in a variety of clinical situations including group and private practice; as well as … View Profile

    Of course everyone is different so it is difficult to answer general questions without knowing the specifics or individual factors that might be at play. These factors in essence make all the difference and will always prove to us that there are few ‘norms’.
     Some people can do what you've noted (gym 4-5 times, strenous workouts etc) and will have no problem conceiving, then others will have the same routine and really struggleto conceive, so you do have to appreciate where YOU are in the spectrum of things … and then too I will answer this question from my own perspective as an acupuncturist and herbalist from the Japanese tradition.

    Gentle, regular exercise is a good thing to do at any time of your life. Going to the gym 4-5 times per week is pretty regular! Strenuous exercise and workouts can feel great and really get the blood and endorphins pumping, and what they will also do though is ‘consume the blood’… and to an East Asian Medicine way of thinking, consuming the blood isn't such a great idea, especially if you want to get pregnant.

    Consuming the blood with too much exercise, overwork or constant stress will always have its consequences. Blood is one of the things, we say must be strong to ensure a viable pregnancy (not only conception), and pregnancy is understood to be a condition of ‘robust or excess qi and blood’. Of course when an embryo implants to the endometrial wall, its attachment to that blood and oxygen rich place is in part ensuring its survival and growth.
    We need to have some left over from our daily activities, to provide abundance.

    There are ways we can keep the blood strong - good nutrition which includes eating well, and regularly; adding supplements if we know we do more than usual; regular, gentle exercise and ensuring we get adequate sleep. (At least 7-8 hours…none of this Mr Rudd nonsense!)

    Acupuncture and moxa are great therapies to help keep the blood strong and herbal medicine can be a wonderful supplement for those of us who might need it constitutionally.

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