Is it teething time for your little one?
You asked

What advice should dads take on board before trying for a baby?

Remember, it takes two to make a healthy baby, so now is the time to get both of you on board to do a quick MOT of lifestyle, diet and exercise habits.  Maybe there are some small changes you can both make together to improve your chances of conception and give your future baby a head start on the road to a lifetime of good health. There is lots of evidence now linking the Dad-to-be’s health and dietary habits with his sperm quality – healthy sperm will help to programme the baby for a long and healthy life.
So what does Dad need to do?
Achieve a healthy weight – If dad is overweight, now is a good time to start to lose a few pounds to get on the right track.  More exercise for both parents-to-be is a great idea for overall health and remember, you will need to be fitter for all the running around you will be doing over the next few years once you become busy parents!  So go for lots of fruit and vegetables, lean meats and fish and high-fibre, wholegrain breads and cereals.  These fresh foods should be the basis of a healthy diet, cutting back on take away and processed foods at the same time.
Limit Alcohol Intake – A high intake of alcohol can affect sperm quality and your chances of conception, so if alcohol intake is a concern, now is a good time to cut back – why not both do it together and spend more time going to the cinema, going for a walk or cooking a nice meal: activities you can enjoy together without too much alcohol.
Stop smoking – If Dad is a smoker, now is the time to try to kick the habit.  Remember, babies and smoke just don’t mix so don’t wait until the baby is born to address the issue.  Look for help and support – check out, the HSE website for helpful hints and tips.
Don't forget to look for baby names... Search now

More questions

Should I take iron at 30 weeks of pregnancy?
Every Mum-to-be is different and will gain a different amount of weight during pregnancy
For lots of reasons, it is a good idea to reach a healthy, ideal weight before you become pregnant – for both you and baby. 
You are now on the final stretch and it is an exciting time when you finally reach the final trimester - each day bringing you closer to meeting your new baby
Hopefully, if you did suffer from morning sickness, it will begin to pass now...
Congratulations! You are setting out on the first steps of a very exciting road, and no doubt looking forward to meeting your baby at the end of these 40 weeks of pregnancy.



Hello Mama!
Help us help you by allowing us and our partners to remember your device as having browsed MummyPages and serve you better content and ads

We're on a mission to help our mums and their families thrive by informing, connecting and entertaining.

Join us in our mission by consenting to the use of cookies and IP address recognition by us and our partners to serve you content (including ads) best suited to your interests, both here and around the web.

We promise never to share any other information that may be deemed personal unless you explicitly tell us it's ok.

If you want more info, see our privacy policy.