Take a walk and get pregnant

I think we are understanding that some simple lifestyle issues are important in hastening one’s ability to conceive. We all know the obvious ones; stop smoking, moderate alcohol, try to achieve an ideal weight. You can find them all in our Lifestyle & Fertility pages.

Here’s a new one to add. A study investigating the impact of aspirin on the chances of carrying a baby to term among pregnant women who had already lost a pregnancy found that women who are trying to become pregnant may experience a greater likelihood of conceiving when they take regular walks. University of Massachusetts researchers used the survey responses of the aspirin study, to find that participants “who indicated on the questionnaire that they had a regular walking routine, on average, became pregnant 1.89 times more often than those who didn’t.”

“That’s pretty substantial. It’s almost a two-fold higher probability of becoming pregnant,” Brian Whitcomb, an associate professor of biostatistics and epidemiology at the university’s School of Public Health and Health Sciences said. He noted that twice the probability is a high percentage when considered over such a large group of participants. While the aspirin hypothesis didn’t produce convincing results, they discovered a correlation between walking and an increased chance for women to become pregnant, particularly if they were overweight.

Of the women who participated in the study, everyone who later became pregnant initially indicated they kept up a regular walking routine. Women who said they had an intense physical fitness routine also had higher chances of becoming pregnant, but the findings weren’t as significant, the researchers say. Approximately 60 percent of participants who took walks became pregnant within three months, 80 percent within six, and 90 percent within a year, the researchers say. The remainder met criteria for clinical infertility.

What they were unable to determine from the sample is why. That, they say, will be a focus of their continued research. In the meantime, go take a walk and maybe it will help. If not, we are there for you.

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