7 lifestyle tips for men trying to conceive
Are you and the missus trying to get pregnant? These 7 lifestyle tips for men trying to conceive will certainly help increase your chances.
Are you and your spouse planning for a baby? Congratulations!
This is a very exciting time in your lives, and you'll want to make sure you're doing things right. It's important for both women and men trying to conceive to be in the best shape possible to increase the chances of getting pregnant and giving birth to a healthy baby. For dads-to-be, especially, there are 7 aspects of your lifestyle you'll want to reevaluate to make sure you're doing your part.
1. Regulate your BMI
Men should maintain a healthy BMI of 20-25 if they are trying to conceive. Lower or higher BMIs are associated with reduced sperm count. When trying to conceive, get your BMI checked out with your doctor and ask questions how to get to a healthy BMI.
2. Watch your diet
What you eat is important in so many ways from maintaining a healthy BMI to keeping your little swimmers working at their best. When trying to conceive, you should especially try to include zinc, folates and Vitamin C in your diet. You can drink your cup of coffee everyday, but definitely avoid the alcohol when possible!
3. Try to relax
While there isn't as much concrete research to prove a definite link between stress and infertility in men as there is in women, scientists agree that it's definitely not healthy for anyone trying to conceive. So try to relax as much as you can, and let your body find its natural rhythm. It will help everyone during entire process, at least mentally!
4. Check your medications
Certain medications, chemotherapy and even X-rays have been found to affect male fertility. Do your research and talk to your doctor about any possible risks like these you should be aware of while trying to conceive.
5. Avoid aggressive sports
Injury to your genitals will impair your ability to produce sperm, not to mention make it a lot harder for you to work in the bedroom! If you play contact sport, wear protective gear.
Sports like cycling can also host a number of problems for men trying to conceive. Research has shown that men who cycle regularly and for long periods of time might have poor quality sperm from the irritation and compression caused by the saddle and heat produced by the tight-fitting Lycra material.
6. Don't smoke
Men trying to conceive need to have a good quantity and good quality sperm. Smoking is another practice that's not only bad for your overall health, but it also damages sperm quality and quantity. If you're trying to conceive, it's a great time to toss the pack and make an effort to quit smoking.
7. Stay away from heat
Sperm work their best 34-36 degrees, which is much lower than your own body temperature. This means that men trying to conceive should avoid hot environments, at least when it comes to the nether regions. Avoid using the laptop on your lap and skip the trip to the jacuzzi or sauna.