When we are ready for a baby, women tend to immediately start researching all of the things they can do to increase their chances of becoming pregnant. By the time the first baby making opportunity rolls around, they have already learned about their cycle, when they most likely ovulate and all of the resources that are out there in case it doesn’t happen as quickly as hoped.
Men on the other hand tend to take a more “wait and see” approach. You figure they have been practicing for this moment for years and are usually confident that their swimmers are up for the job and know what to do.
However, there are some easy things that men can do to increase their sperm health and also your chances of becoming pregnant.
1. Cut down on coffee-
Recent research is showing that drinking more than 2 cups of coffee a day may damage the DNA in sperm. One exception here is that if a man has been found to have slow sperm, doctors may actually recommend an extra cup of java!
2. Keep those testes cool-
In order for a man’s body to produce sperm, it has to be between 94-96 degrees Fahrenheit. Sudden increases in temperature from hot tubs, illnesses, saunas and laptop usage may wreak havoc on the sperm and keep you from becoming pregnant.
3. Stop smoking-
Cigarettes are terrible for a man’s sperm. Smoking has been directly linked to poor sperm motility, volume and concentration. It also interferes with the fertilization process.
4. Brush and floss those teeth-
Dentists tell us that poor oral hygiene can lead to bacterial infections in the blood. Anything that messes with circulation while trying to get pregnant is not a good thing.
5. Be aware of his biological clock-
There have been many studies published lately proving that both men and women seem to have a biological clock in terms of babies. When men hit their mid to late 30’s there is a jump in the number of genetic defects in their sperm. And after the age of 40, there are studies that found that male fertility decreases up to 70% due to the sperm slowing down and less of it being produced.
6. Cut down on alcohol-
Similar to coffee, doctors are recommending no more than 2 alcoholic drinks per week if trying to have a baby. Large amounts of alcohol can negatively impact sperm quality and lower testosterone levels.
7. Stay away from soy-
Eating large amounts of soy is not a good idea for men while trying to have a baby. Soy contains a natural form of estrogen, which as been linked to unhealthy sperm.
8. Eat lots of fruits and veggies-
Research is now showing that the more fruits and vegetables a man has in his diet, the healthier his sperm. The antioxidants in fruits and vegetables help the sperm’s overall quality and aid in fertilizing the egg.
9. Take a cool shower after working out-
To keep those baby making body parts ready for action, doctors recommend taking a cool shower after working out. This will insure that the sperm is in tip top shape for game time.
10. Take your vitamins-
Just as with women, there are many vitamins that are vital to the baby making process. It is a great idea for men to supplement their diet with a daily vitamin as well.
11. Avoid long bike rides-
Bicycle seats tend to squish a man’s perineum. After a few house of sitting like this, the blood flow is cut off to the genitals. If bike riding is a favorite activity, make sure to have a fertility friendly seat (one designed for keeping the male body parts loose and carefree).
12. No steroids-
Too much testosterone can actually decrease sperm count and quality. Not only that, but it can take up to 6 months to rid the effects of the steroids and for the sperm to get back to baby making form.
13. Check your BMI-
Being healthy in your weight is one of the best things you can do. Being underweight or overweight messes with sperm quality and production. Doctors have decided that falling somewhere between a BMI of 20-25 is best when trying to have a baby.
Good luck to all the men out there who are getting their bodies’ ready for the baby making journey!!!