Women who are active in the year before trying fertility treatment are most likely to conceive, researchers say
Regular exercise could help your bid to have a baby, according to scientists at a US university.
They found that women with the highest activity levels - through exercise, work and doing chores around the house - were almost three times more likely to get pregnant through subsequent fertility treatment than those with the lowest levels of activity.
The reason? Exercise helps the body regulate its insulin levels more effectively, and fertility specialists believe that too much insulin is harmful to the development of eggs.
The study was led by Dr Kathryn Calhoun of the University of North Carolina Chapel-Hill. She said, 'This study supports the message of maintaining an active lifestyle way before getting pregnant.'
Women were questioned for the study in the year before they tried IVF fertility treatment. But doctors believe the findings could equally apply to women attempting to conceive naturally.
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