Preconception Food & Lifestyle Tips To Boost Male Fertility

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Words by Samantha Brennan

Both men and women need to make preconception lifestyle changes to improve their chances of falling pregnant naturally.

Both men and women need to make preconception lifestyle changes to improve their chances of falling pregnant naturally.

It’s not an unusual scenario: a couple decides to try for a baby, and the female half of the equation embarks upon a preconception diet and lifestyle makeover to improve her chances of falling pregnant and prepare her body for pregnancy. But did you know that it’s just as important for your partner to revise his food and lifestyle choices? Yes, you can boost male fertility, too, and here’s how.

Eat healthier foods

For optimum reproductive function and good, strong swimmers, a man needs to eat a well-balanced and nutritious diet that provides adequate intakes of the vitamins and minerals required for sperm health (including vitamin C, zinc and selenium). Aim for a variety of whole-grain carbohydrates, fresh fruit and vegetables, low-fat dairy and lean meat as well as eggs, nuts and legumes. Talk to your healthcare provider about the suitability of supplements in your diet.

Consider losing weight

Both men and women can come up against fertility problems if they are overweight (or underweight, for that matter). Aim to reach a healthy weight for your height (check your ideal weight by calculating your Body Mass Index (BMI)) before you start trying for a baby, and you have a better chance of falling pregnant sooner.

Start exercising

Yes, it will help you maintain a healthy weight, but regular exercise is also great for alleviating stress, which can be a factor in reduced fertility among men. Take up an activity you enjoy and do it regularly, to help you manage the pressures of everyday life as well as the additional stresses of trying to conceive. If you’re already a regular athlete, be aware that intensive exercise can actually interfere with the production of testosterone, leading to compromised fertility, so you might want to modify your regime while in the preconception phase.

Rethink that next drink

Alcohol interferes with the fertility of both men and women, so it’s wise to stop or reduce the amount you drink while you’re trying for a baby. Experts disagree on the exact maximum amount appropriate for a preconception diet, so talk to your healthcare provider for advice.

Say no to a smoko

Smoking affects hormone levels and decreases both sperm count and motility (their ability to swim), so there’s no question that if you’re a smoker, you may face fertility challenges. There is no safe number of cigarettes to smoke (during the preconception stage or any other time) so take steps to quit now.

Read more about how eating and living well can boost your fertility here.

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One comment on “Preconception Food & Lifestyle Tips To Boost Male Fertility”

  1. Catherine

    A wholesome diet plan can really increase your chances of getting pregnant quick. A balanced diet plan ensures proper supply from the required vitamins and micronutrients for your body. Deficiency of certain micronutrients may make the body sluggish and also you might take more time to conceive. Foods containing folic acid ought to be integrated in your diet plan, as it increases your probabilities for obtaining pregnant fast. Regular exercise also assists in getting pregnant quickly, because it improves overall well being and makes you active. It also detoxifies the body, which again aids conception. Steer clear of smoking and alcohol a few months earlier in the event you wish to be at your best during this period.