It's not about whether you'll be a good dad, we're talking about whether you're fit and healthy enough to help conceive a baby.
It's not so simple. Fertility research suggests that in 50% of infertility cases the man contributes to the problem in some way*. And male infertility is fully responsible in a third of cases.**
So what to do if you and your partner are planning a baby? The good news is that preconception health is simple: eat well and live a healthy lifestyle – and that means both of you.
You could grasp at magic straws and gorge on traditional aphrodisiacs like oysters,shark fins and chilli. Better by far to create a long-term healthy lifestyle that will not only help you conceive a healthy baby, but make you and your partner look and feel great too.
You know the general principles. Too much alcohol and smoking don’t help. A fatty diet not only leads to you becoming overweight but also lowers your fertility. Fresh, natural foods contain more nutrients and fewer unhealthy factors than processed foods.
Both of you – plus that baby-to-be - will benefit from incorporating these guidelines in your daily diets. It doesn't mean misery – just adapt the kind of meals you both like to make your new-style eating an enjoyable culinary adventure. Include:
If conception doesn't happen according to plan, both partners can soon become stressed, which doesn't help. Make sure lovemaking is relaxed and romantic and don’t allow it to become a tense chore.
* Guidelines on Male infertility (2015) www.uroweb.org
* * NICE (February 2013) www.nice.org.uk