Well, it looks like soccer and my second job may be joining caffeine, alcohol, and sushi on the banned list. Even before I started working last night, my HR from walking around and talking escalated to 120 BPM. I wore the monitor while I worked and found it beeping at me several times, when my HR exceeded 143 (10% above the target rate). I quickly lowered it by walking and taking deep breaths and generally trying to will myself relaxed and calm, so I swear it wasn't over 130 for more than 8 minutes out of the whole hour. But I know for certain now that when I play soccer my HR is way over 130.
I played soccer last Monday, at 4DPIUI. I tried to take it easy, but now that I'm a little more familiar with my heart rate I know it was well over 130, and it likely stayed there for at least 25 minutes or so during the course of the game. Damn.
I visited Dr. Google, but didn't find any information. All I did find was the effect of maternal health and habits on fetal heart rate. Not what I needed. From experience, I know women can become pregnant and continue to be pregnant while participating in a soccer league. My mother played when she was pregnant with my youngest 3 siblings. Countless teammates have resigned at the end of a season, explaining "surprise, I'm pregnant" and that they didn't want to play into their second trimester. I've heard from teammates that they were given the go-ahead by their doctors to continue playing as long as they felt comfortable doing so (weight and balance-wise). The concern always seemed to focus on protecting the fetus from being struck- elbow, ball, foot- all could potentially cause harm, but apparently a 1st-trimester fetus is well protected and not in danger from the usual soccer blows. I never heard anyone mention maternal heart rate.
Until nurse #3 at the RE's office mentioned in passing that during the whole process of TTC, I should never allow my HR to exceed 130BPM. She didn't know there was a way around the "partner MUST drop off sperm" rule. Should I believe her about the HR advice? It's hard to know whom to trust. I guess "better safe than sorry," but I don't want to give up my #1 hobby unnecessarily. I need a second, and possibly a third, opinion.
Has anyone else be advised to keep their heart rate below some threshold while TTC?
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