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Exercise During IVF Pregnancy: Do's & Don'ts

Exercise During IVF Pregnancy_ Do's & Don'ts
Exercise During IVF Pregnancy: Do’s & Don’ts

Author - Dr. Madhushree Vijayakumar


Consultant - Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Exercise During IVF Pregnancy: Do's & Don'ts


Exercise is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle, and its significance becomes even more pronounced when you're undergoing IVF treatment. However, the unique and special journey of an IVF pregnancy often requires extra layers of care and attention. At Motherhood Hospitals, we offer a comprehensive suite of services, including personalized exercise guidance, to ensure you and your baby receive the best possible care. This article aims to provide an in-depth look at the do's and don'ts of exercising during your IVF pregnancy.  

The Do's

1. Light Cardio

Cardiovascular exercise is not just about physical fitness; it's also about maintaining a healthy heart and mind. Light cardio activities like walking or swimming can be incredibly beneficial during an IVF pregnancy. At Motherhood Hospitals, our team of experts recommends light cardio exercises that are easy on the joints but effective in keeping you fit, allowing you to focus on what really matters during this special time.

2. Prenatal Yoga

Yoga is a holistic exercise that benefits both the body and the mind. Prenatal yoga, in particular, offers stretches and poses that are safe yet effective for pregnant women. Our specialized approach at Motherhood Hospitals includes yoga sessions tailored specifically for IVF pregnancies. These sessions are designed to help you achieve a sense of balance and tranquility, essential elements in making your IVF pregnancy as smooth and joyful as possible.

3. Breathing Exercises

Breathing exercises, or pranayama, can be a game-changer during an IVF pregnancy. These exercises help in reducing stress levels and improving the oxygen supply to the blood, which is crucial for both you and your baby. Our top-tier gynecologists at Motherhood Hospitals often incorporate breathing exercises into our comprehensive antenatal care plans, ensuring that you receive the best medical care available.

The Don'ts

1. No High-Intensity Workouts

While exercise is important, high-intensity workouts can do more harm than good during an IVF pregnancy. Activities like High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) can put undue stress on your body and should be avoided. Our detailed pregnancy after IVF week-by-week guide at Motherhood Hospitals includes exercise recommendations that are both safe and effective, helping you navigate the unique milestones and challenges of an IVF pregnancy.

2. Avoid Risky Sports

Certain sports come with a risk of falling or injury, and these should be avoided during an IVF pregnancy. Activities like skiing, horseback riding, or cycling on uneven terrains are not recommended. Our team of experts at Motherhood Hospitals strongly advises against such risky activities, focusing instead on exercises that are safe yet effective.

3. Limit Weightlifting

Lifting heavy weights can put excessive pressure on your abdomen and pelvic region, which is not advisable during an IVF pregnancy. At Motherhood Hospitals, we recommend exercises that focus on strengthening your core and pelvic muscles without the need for heavy weights, ensuring that your IVF pregnancy is as comfortable as possible.

4. Consulting Your Doctor

Before embarking on any exercise regimen, it's crucial to consult your OB-Gyn. At Motherhood Hospitals, our specialized team of gynecologists offers personalized exercise plans tailored to your unique needs. These plans are part of our commitment to providing you with the best medical care available, allowing you to focus on the joy and anticipation of your upcoming arrival.


Exercise is essential during an IVF pregnancy, but it's crucial to know the right type and amount that is beneficial for you. At Motherhood Hospitals, we are committed to providing you with personalized guidance and the best medical care, making your IVF pregnancy journey as comfortable and joyful as possible. Always consult your healthcare provider for advice tailored to your specific needs

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