Although Mom-to-be will be the one carrying the baby for those nine months, dad-to-be has an important role too. His sperm affects whether a pregnant can take place at all and if the pregnancy will be healthy. To keep his boys in tip-top shape, he should make these changes.
First and foremost is the diet. It is highly essential for him to have a balanced diet which includes good mix of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, grains, and dairy, and fitting in physical activity on most days of the week. Not only will this help achieve his ideal weight but will also make his sperm healthy and increase his libido!
Something to include in the diet is Folic Acid. According to a study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley men who had low folic acid in their diet had abnormal chromosomes in their sperms. Now that’s interesting as this is one explanation to so many first trimester miscarriages and birth defects. So it is not only important for the moms-to-be but also for the dads to increase folate in their diet. A good multi vitamin will help achieve that.
Speaking of multi vitamins both partners should be taking these supplements as spermatogenesis requires a lot more than just folic acid. These vitamins should include B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc, and Selenium. Zinc is also helpful in maintaining normal testosterone levels. Selenium has been shown to reduce the risk of birth defects and improving low sperm counts. There is no downside to be your healthiest self while trying to conceive with your partner.
One thing that your diet should not include is smoking and drinking. Smoking, recreational drugs and drinking decreases sperm mobility, quality and quantity. To give his swimmers a boost, your guy should stop smoking. He should definitely aim to be smoke-free at least three months before you try to conceive. Sperm production takes about three months, so any changes the man makes today won’t show up in the semen for at least three months.
Another thing to look out for is the amount of caffeine. One to two cups a day of tea, coffee, energy drink is perfectly fine but any more than that might have an effect on the quality of sperms.
Something that everyone has in this day and age is stress and its surprising to see how this also has an effect on those tiny little creatures. Stress can increase abnormal sperm and reduce its concentration. Sleeping and eating well, exercising regularly to work off pent-up energy and tension is very important for healthy sperm production.
Another interesting and very important thing is keeping cool. There’s a reason a male’s testicles hang outside of his body. Sperm production has to take place at a certain temperature, and even our core body temperature is too hot, so the testicles are outside to keep. If your guy does something that overheats his testicles, it can interfere with sperm production. So he should limit the time he spends in hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms.
It takes two to create a healthy embryo so it’s very important for the male partner to realise that his sperms should be healthy enough to ensure that their pregnancy journey is as enjoyable as possible.
Another factor that can often be overlooked is why the sperm are low in count, mobility or motility. There may be more to it than diet alone. Often after our health screening we discover bacteria or virus in the seminal canal or heavy metals for example. We can detect these and treat these during our 90 minute health screening with our doctor. We give you a full 90 minutes to discuss everything because you deserve time for your questions to be answered in real time. The screening is non invasive and has real time results. For more information click here https://babysteps.ie/health-assessment/
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