Pre-Conception Tips for Men Trying to Conceive

Pre-Conception Tips for Men Trying to Conceive

Most of the time when we hear about tips for trying to conceive, or precautions that should be taken before getting pregnant, those tips are almost always geared toward women. However, many people overlook the fact that it is very important for men to do their part to aid in conception as well. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

There are many things that men can do to help when a couple is trying to get pregnant. Today we are going to cover some of these tips, so that men can do their part as well! Read on to learn more about these tips!

Make sure to get your vitamins

While it is common knowledge that women should be taking prenatal vitamins, or at the very least a multivitamin, men don’t often realize that they should be getting their vitamins as well. It is very important for guys who are trying to have a baby to make sure that they are taking a good daily vitamin.

What to look for in a daily vitamin? Make sure that the daily vitamin that your guy chooses contains all of the following:

Vitamin B12 (helps to increase sperm counts)

Vitamin C (keeps sperm from clumping together, and reduces the negative effects of smoking on sperm in men who smoke cigarettes)

Vitamin E (an important vitamin for overall sperm health)

Zinc (improves testosterone levels)

Selenium (increases sperm count)

If you need advice or help picking a daily vitamin, ask your doctor for a recommendation.

Watch what you eat

Just like with women, it is important that guys eat a healthy and well balanced diet when they are trying to conceive. Try to cut out processed and unhealthy foods, and eat foods that contain a lot of the important vitamins that your body needs. Eat as many fruits and veggies as you can manage, and stay away from fast food, or any foods that are generally considered to be unhealthy.

Keep your private parts cool

It is important for guys to make sure to keep their testicles cool in order to avoid low sperm counts and possible male infertility. One of the main ways you can prevent your body from overheating “down there” is to avoid briefs and wear boxers as much as possible. Boxers help to keep things cool down there, while briefs can trap heat inside.

Also, avoid super hot showers, baths, or hot tubs when you are trying to conceive, since these can decrease sperm counts. It is also a good idea to avoid using heating pads or electric blankets on these areas to ensure sperm health.

Say no to drugs

And, smoking, and alcohol. Pretty much, avoid any substance that could harm your body while you are trying to conceive. This goes for using any and all illegal drugs, drinking alcohol, and smoking cigarettes.

Using these substances can decrease sperm count, and sperm quality. In some cases, illegal drugs can even cause birth defects. So, stay away from all of these substances while you are trying to conceive.

See a doctor

It is a great idea for both men and women who are wanting to have a baby to see a doctor for a full check up. Your doctor will be able to give you additional tips for getting pregnant, and will able to customize his or her advice to your personal situation. Your doctor can help recommend the best multivitamins, foods to eat, and also what to avoid when you are trying to conceive.

Enjoy the process

It is normal for sex to become more of a chore when you are trying to conceive, but don’t forget to enjoy this very special time. Don’t forget to enjoy your partner, especially since after you have a baby, you will have less time alone together.

Try not to get too caught up in the science of having a baby, and try your best to just enjoy the process and the journey with your partner! The journey to becoming a father is a very special one that you will not soon forget!

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Monica Scott, BS, RN
Monica Scott, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.