Science Daily: For women with history of pregnancy loss, walking may aid chance of becoming pregnant

Date: May 8, 2018

Source: University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Summary: Results of a recent study to better understand modifiable factors such as physical activity that may affect a woman’s ability to conceive a child suggest that walking may help women to improve their chances of becoming pregnant.

Results of a recent study to better understand modifiable factors such as physical activity that may affect a woman’s ability to conceive a child suggest that walking may help women to improve their chances of becoming pregnant.

The study was conducted by recent graduate Lindsey Russo and her advisor Brian Whitcomb, associate professor of biostatistics and epidemiology in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Russo and Whitcomb’s findings among healthy women ages 18 to 40 years old with a history of one or two pregnancy losses are based on their secondary analysis of the multi-site Effects of Aspirin in Gestation and Reproduction (EAGeR) study. It is led by Enrique Schisterman of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Results are in the current online issue of Human Reproduction.

Russo says, “One of our main findings is that there was no overall relationship between most types of physical activity and the likelihood of becoming pregnant for women who had already had one or two pregnancy losses, except for walking, which was associated with higher likelihood of becoming pregnant among women who were overweight or obese.”

Whitcomb, whose research on the determinants of fertility and pregnancy outcomes usually involves studying biomarkers at the molecular level, adds, “Lifestyle is definitely relevant to these outcomes because it can have an effect at the molecular level. What we eat and what we do are potential factors we can change to shape our health. So this sort of research is important because it helps provide information on the things people can actually do something about.”

Further, he says, “We were happy to be able to add scientific evidence to general recommendations about physical activity. This is especially true for the results about walking for even limited blocks of time. Walking has great potential as a lifestyle change because of its low cost and availability.”

For the 1,214 women in the study, the association of walking with the ability to become pregnant, known as fecundability, varied significantly by body mass index, the authors report. Among overweight/obese women, walking at least 10 minutes at a time was associated with improvement in fecundability. Further, in statistically adjusted models, women reporting more than four hours a week of vigorous activity had significantly higher pregnancy chances compared to no vigorous activity.

Moderate activity, sitting and other activity categories were not associated with fecundability overall or in BMI-stratified analyses, they add. Russo and Whitcomb say one finding that is still not clear is the different associations related to vigorous compared to moderate and low-intensity activities. Whitcomb says, “We don’t know what to make of the finding that high intensity physical activity may have different biological effects than walking, but our study doesn’t offer enough detail to get at why vigorous activity would work differently than other levels.”

Among a number of cautions the researchers point to in this work is that physical activity is related to other behaviors and lifestyle factors, and women who are more physically active may be different from women who are less active in many ways. Russo says, “We did our best to try to account for the differences and to address them statistically.”

The researchers also note that the overall generalizability of this work is limited because the study population may not be representative of the general population with regard to fecundability, and exercise habits may differ in women with prior miscarriage compared to those without.

Whitcomb says another way in which this study is distinct from other work in this area has to do with who was included in the study. The EAGeR trial focused on women with a history of one or two prior pregnancy losses. However, he adds, “We were happy to be able to conduct research considering women having the most difficulty getting and staying pregnant, and to provide messages about common lifestyle factors they may be able to address.”

The researchers conclude that “these findings provide positive evidence for the benefits of physical activity in women attempting pregnancy, especially for walking among those with higher BMI. Further study is necessary to clarify possible mechanisms through which walking and vigorous activity might affect time-to-pregnancy.”

 

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A fit pregnancy & a Doula who supports it!

Draya Michele is the star of VH1’s hit series Basketball Wives LA, a mommy of two beautiful boys, two twin stepdaughters, a fiancé, and creator of the beautiful and reputable swimwear line MINTSWIM. Among all that she is an actress and entrepreneur with a business savvy mind.

                     Draya’s Timeless Maternity Shoot                        

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Draya Michele caught my attention when I came across a photo of her at the gym while being pregnant. Immediately I decided to follow her journey throughout her pregnancy to see how she would stay fit during and after birthing her new joy. She recently shared her secrets to getting her body back snatched after giving birth in a recent podcast interview with Tia Mowry in her new show “Mostly Mom wih Tia Mowry.”

 

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At 36 minutes Draya Michelle begins to talk about her workout regimen and how she committed herself for the first time in her life to stay on a safe and consistent work out routine.

Draya went to the gym religiously, 5 days a week for 8 months and ate well!

This hot mama says, she never got back to her hot body; she never left. She didn’t get snatched back up, she worked her butt off and always stayed fit. Which breaks the stereotypes of the “all woman gain weight and get out of shape during pregnancy” myth. Draya also stated something very important that many of us may over look. I had to meditate on this also; She stated she went to the gym for 5 days consecutively weekly like clockwork. Now that is commitment! Almost as if her gym routine was part of her full time job and many of us could learn something from this. We must admit we don’t always take that much time out of our week to take care of ourselves let alone our personal health.

As a birth coach Doula, I cannot stress how important it is to do this. The nine months that a mum is pregnant should not consist of being so busy getting everything done before baby comes that she forgets to be still and enjoy the journey and evolution of your body. Mum’s can take even 20 minutes out their day at home to do yoga just to keep their body in motion, encourage their blood circulating and muscles reminded to stay active not stagnant so that when baby comes into the world and out of her body, the muscles in her body will remember to snatch back when ready.

 

Many celebrity mums like Ciara and Kelly Rowland seem to understand the importance of staying fit and active during their pregnancy. Some may think they do it to end up in the magazines weeks after giving birth but I believe they understand the more active you are the less risks involved during labor and postnatal recovery.

 

Draya Michele gave birth to her beautiful baby boy Jru all natural and even caught him with her own hands. You can catch the video on her Instagram page. I personally commented for her not to remove it because it is all too inspiring.  https://www.instagram.com/drayamichele/?hl=en

She also shared this beautiful message about her pregnancy and childbirth experience,

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Why not enough media on Celebrity Natural Birth? 

Lets be real, perhaps we didn’t see much coverage about Draya’s fantastic and inspiring birth journey because there were no endorsements involved. She claimed her truth by speaking out on having done it the healthy and simple way, work out, eat clean, stay committed, stay in harmony and birth your own way. Her way was in the hospital in silence with the least amount of hospital staff and a serene atmosphere. You can’t really capitalize off a Warrior mama’s super powers because only she holds her own power. Therefore I needed to share her inspiring journey that many over look. She looks great and is still glowing.

 

Birth Coaches/Doulas & What we do?

I have been fortunate enough to have worked with woman who have been athletes, lead a very active lifestyle or where determined to start. In working with these woman I have calculated why they have had natural and healthy labors and or recoveries after childbirth. Granted, we cannot control the law of the universe and every birth is different. However the mum’s that I have coach throughout their pregnancy have had great experiences based on a few tools that I shared with them.

Meditate : At home, before sleep in bed, while showering, in yoga, while reading. Just find that time for you to be still and conquer your thoughts and questions and concerns then talk to your Doula Birth Coach about them.

Stay Active: If you are not a former athlete I will advise on what the mother of Modern day Midwifery, Ina May Gaskin once said about the importance of doing squats or wall sits. It helps flex your pelvis and sincerely creates much needed blood flow in your abdominal area. (If there are concerns about squats inducing labor? Please do it at the discretion of your medical provider. Plus there is levels to squats. You don’t need to drop it all the way low if you are concerned.) Squats also build up your lower abdominal and lower back muscles which will strongly help when pushing your baby into the world.

Working out when pregnant is as important as working out when your not pregnant! It helps to reduce edema, stress, normalize hormones, stay in shape, increase blood flow, and balance hormones.

 

 

Remember!

Stay hydrated: Drink at least a gallon of water daily plus coconut water which has great vitamins and minerals for your body.

My practice consist of becoming an assistant to mum in whatever she desires her pregnancy and labor journey to be. As a former sports coach and dietetic intern I often encourage mums to take care of themselves as well as help them find the right resources they need. As a Doula I go to the gym or a pregnancy workout class with an expecting mum if she needs company or I educate her about her options for staying healthy and prepared for laboring her baby. After all, laboring is not this unbearable feeling mum’s experience. It truly is a right of passage that woman should celebrate and be excited for. All while, dad and Doula are massaging her or coaching her through contractions of course. Be sure to be open and let your Doula know what you want your labor experience to be like and ask her how to be the best care taker for you. We serve you mums. Its what we’ve been called to do. ~YtheDoula

 

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