How can exercise affect my fertility?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you exercise like it's your job, you might be hindering your fertility. Vigorous exercise prevents ovulation. You will know by the irregularity of your menstrual cycles. No ovulation means nobody's going to be putting any cribs together anytime soon.

Talk to your doctor to see how you can modify your exercise plan to restore your normal pattern. While it's obviously important to stay healthy and exercise, in general we don't think you should run more than 10 miles per week (or the equivalent). Because every woman's baseline fitness level is different and every pregnancy is different, it's impossible to know for sure how much is too much for your body and baby.
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