Slimming World and The Royal College of Midwives, working together to help women successfully manage their weight before, during and after one of the most exciting events in their lives

Trying for a baby: Your man

Trying for a baby: your man.

Slimming World and the Royal College of Midwives, working together to help women successfully manage their weight before, during and after one of the most exciting events in their lives

Don’t forget the man in your life – get him in shape too.

Don’t forget it takes two to make a baby! Around a third of fertility problems are due to the male partner and it’s now known that men who are overweight also have an increased risk of being infertile. Doctors are still unsure why, but it’s thought that increased amounts of fat around the genital area could raise the body temperature, decreasing both the number and the quality of sperm.

A man with a BMI of 30 or more may be only half as fertile as a man with a BMI within the healthy range (18.5-25). This also affects his sperm, increasing the chances of him having sperm with fragmented DNA, which means there’s an increased risk of miscarriage. Opting for a healthy lifestyle through a healthy balanced diet and keeping active will help him to reach a healthy weight, and help ensure he has the right nutrients to keep sperm in tip-top shape. Cutting back on booze is also key – not only to help him lose weight, but men who drink more than 20 units of alcohol a week have a lower sperm count and lower quality sperm.

 

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