If you’re trying to get pregnant, you’ve probably already stopped your birth control, improved your diet, and started counting the days until you’re due to ovulate.
But, as the saying goes, it takes two to tango. So what is your man doing to make sure he’s ready to do his part?
Check out these tips for your guy that can help to improve his fertility.
1) Eat right
Eating well is good for both you and daddy-to-be. Research shows that a man with low folic acid may have more abnormal chromosomes in his sperm. This can lead to birth defects or miscarriage.
So make sure your man is eating foods rich in folate such as beans, leafy greens, whole grains and folate-enriched grain items. (4)
Other important nutrients for healthy sperm include zinc, vitamin C and other antioxidants. Your guy may also benefit from a multivitamin or male fertility supplements, depending on his overall health.
2) Check the scale
If your guy weighs either too much or too little, it can affect the quality of his sperm. Weight problems can also affect his libido which can slow down your path to pregnancy. So encouraging your guy to be a healthy weight may help you get pregnant.
3) Be mindful of meds
Certain prescription and over-the-counter medications may make it harder for you to get pregnant. Drugs like Tagamet, sulfasalazine or nitrofurantoin for stomach or urinary problems can affect male fertility. So can steroids, including prednisone and cortisone used to treat skin conditions, asthma and arthritis.
Have your guy talk to his doctor, if he takes any of these medications, to find out what impact they might have, and to see if there are appropriate alternative treatments.
4) Stop smoking
If your guy is a smoker his sperm count may be lower, and his sperm may move slower than normal. Both factors can make it hard for you to get pregnant.
Alcohol, marijuana and other drugs can also affect the quality of a man’s sperm.
1) Preconception Health for Men. American Pregnancy Association. Web. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
2) 10 Ways he Can Have Better Baby-Making Sperm. Parents.com. Tamekia Reece. Web. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
3) For Couples Who Want To Get Pregnant, Men’s Habits Matter, Too. Huffington Healthy Living. Sara G. Miller. Web. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
4) Dads-to-be: Diet changes to boost your fertility. BabyCenter. Web. April 6, 2016.