It’s common for attention to be focused on women while trying to get pregnant, but we must not forget men make up half the equation. If you’re thinking about becoming a dad soon, here’s a list of what you can do to better prepare yourself before trying to conceive.
Visit your GP- Make an appointment to see your doctor, especially if you have a chronic disease, take any medication, or experience problems with erections, ejaculation, or loss of libido. Take this opportunity to discuss any general health concerns you have about you and/or your partner. These may include discussing dietary requirements (i.e. drinking alcohol, smoking & recreational drug use), weight management/stabilisation and current prescription medication use. You may also be given any needed immunisations to help prevent from passing on illnesses like chickenpox, whooping cough and the seasonal flu to your partner during pregnancy.
Start taking folate- Folic acid is important for both mums-to-be and men. According to studies, men with lower levels of folic acid in their diet have a higher rate of abnormal chromosomes in their sperm. More than half of first-trimester miscarriages are caused by chromosomal abnormalities in the embryo. A good multivitamin or foods that are high in folate like leafy green vegetables, whole grains, beans, and citrus fruits can help you get the recommended 400 milligrams of folic acid you need daily.
Check your employee handbook- understand your company’s policies on paternity leave and time off. Remind her to check her company’s pregnancy policies too.
Start calculating and saving– time to work out a realistic budget and how much money you need to put away for school, nappies, maternity clothes, baby gear and new grocery items. Your household cash flow is going to be affected, especially if you’re going from two incomes to one. Talk about whatever changes you have to make in your spending now. Even if you do a little at a time, you’ll feel better knowing you have some type of nest egg set up before you begin trying to conceive.
Upgrade your health cover– Having your baby in a private hospital allows your partner and new baby to be cared for by an obstetrician of your choice. They’ll also benefit from up to seven nights in hospital with full medical care, providing you the opportunity to just relax with your new family. If you’re on a single or couples cover, then you’ll need to upgrade to a family cover. To cover the birth of your baby at a private hospital, you’ll need to switch to a cover that includes obstetrics. When you change to a cover which includes obstetrics, you will need to serve a 12 month waiting period. This means that the baby’s due date must fall after your 12 month waiting period, so it’s best to change your cover 3 or 4 months (minimum) before trying to get pregnant, to ensure you’ve served your 12 month waiting period.