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Do’s and Don’ts of exercises during IVF


This document provides a complete guide on the exercise recommendations for women undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment. It emphasizes the importance of maintaining good health and fitness, acknowledging that a healthy body mass index (BMI) can positively influence the success rate of IVF. However, we also caution that not all forms of exercise are appropriate during the IVF process. We at Ovum Fertility stress the need for personalized guidance from our expert healthcare providers.

Here’s a detailed explanation of the do’s and don’ts of exercises during IVF to optimize your chances of success and ensure your safety:


  1. Consult with your healthcare provider: Every woman’s medical situation is unique, especially during IVF. It’s crucial to seek advice from your doctor, who can recommend an exercise routine tailored to your health status based on the specific IVF protocol you are undergoing and potential risks.
  1. Engage in low-impact activities and exercises: Choose exercises like brisk walking, swimming, slow cycling, and gentle yoga. These activities are kind to your body and can help with weight management, stress reduction, and enhancing blood flow without excessive strain.
  1. Moderate intensity: Aim for moderate-intensity activities and exercises that increase your heart rate and allow you to carry on a conversation comfortably. Avoid high-intensity workouts or exercises that cause excessive fatigue or stress on your body. Moderate exercise can lift your spirits, improve circulation, and enhance well-being without causing stress.
  1. Yoga during the pre-ovulation phase: Yoga can be more vigorous before ovulation to improve blood flow and assist in eliminating excessive hormones. However, we advise you to refrain from physical activities during the egg retrieval phase and the following days to allow your body to recover through meditation and visualization.
  1. Stay hydrated: Hydration is vital, particularly during IVF. It aids in maintaining fluid balance and hormone regulation, both of which can support the IVF process. Ensure you’re drinking plenty of water, especially when exercising.
  1. Mind-body exercises: Consider incorporating mind-body exercises such as meditation, deep breathing, and relaxation techniques into your routine. These exercises can help reduce stress levels, promote relaxation, and improve emotional well-being during the IVF process.
  1. Resume moderate exercise after bloodwork: If blood tests confirm pregnancy, we recommend continuing with moderate exercise until a heartbeat scan of the baby is done.
  2. Listen to your body: Pay attention to how your body feels during exercise. If you experience discomfort, pain, or unusual symptoms, stop exercising and consult with your doctor. It is important to prioritize your health and well-being throughout the IVF process.


  1. Avoid high-impact activities: Avoid rigorous exercises like running, jumping, and lifting heavy objects. These can cause injuries and disrupt the hormonal balance needed for a successful IVF. High-impact exercises may interfere with the implantation process.
  1. Steer clear of extreme workouts: Intense workouts that require heavy lifting, twisting, or straining can significantly spike your heart rate and should be avoided as they might interfere with the success of IVF, given the changes your body is experiencing. Now isn’t the time to begin a new challenging fitness regimen. Stick to familiar exercises that your body is already used to.
  1. Avoid stressful exercise settings: Opt for calm environments that foster relaxation, helping reduce stress during the IVF process.
  1. Avoid extreme temperature environments: Avoid exercising in extreme temperature environments, such as hot yoga studios or saunas, as they can potentially affect sperm quality or embryo development. Opt for a cooler, well-ventilated environment to prevent overheating.
  1. Don’t overdo it: While regular exercise is beneficial, don’t overdo it or push yourself beyond your limits, especially during the IVF treatment cycle. Listen to your body and give yourself permission to rest and relax when needed.

Other key suggestions:

  1. Rest after egg retrieval and embryo transfer: Focus on rest and minimal activity during this sensitive period to prevent complications and support successful implantation.
  1. Follow doctor’s activity restrictions post-transfer: Your doctor may advise limited physical activity to ensure proper implantation and minimize complications.
  1. Heed your body’s warnings: If you feel discomfort, pain, or other symptoms during exercise, stop and consult your physician immediately.
  1. Take breaks during IVF cycles: Take care to rest, especially during egg retrieval and the two weeks following embryo transfer, to avoid conditions like ovarian torsion and support embryo implantation.

Overall, maintaining a balanced approach to exercise during IVF treatment is important. Focus on gentle, low-impact activities that support your overall health and well-being while minimizing stress and strain on your body. Always consult your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise program or making significant changes to your current routine during IVF.