It’s easy for couples to focus solely on the woman’s health as they prepare for pregnancy; however, pre conception health is just as important for men.
The average sperm count should be 15 million or more per ml according to new guidelines. Low sperm count and mobility may be caused by a series of lifestyle factors and could affect a man’s chances of conceiving. There are several habits men need to be forming during these critical months of preparation, including increasing water intake, eating food rich in antioxidants also folic acid, and avoiding hot baths and tight pants as heat is damaging to sperm.
It is important for couples to remember that baby making is a team project so there’s absolutely no reason why your partner shouldn’t join you in eating better food, exercising more and doing things he enjoys to relieve stress, all of which will improve the health of his sperm and fertility. No one knows more about this than leading fertility and pregnancy expert Zita West who is also a practicing midwife, acupuncturist and nutritional advisor.
If you are trying to conceive or know someone who is, watch our video with Zita West who has teamed up with First Response to give advice to men on lifestyle, exercise and diet.