Nutritional Advice for Men?

QUESTION

Dear Nutritionist,
Hi. I'm 31 years old, my husband and I are both planning to have kids soon. We've been trying for the last 3 months of our 3 year marriage to have a baby but unable to do so.

Question -- most articles refer to nutrition for women. Do you have any advise for men to assist women in conceiving? We would appreciate any information you may have.

Thanks.
Mom Wannabe

ANSWER

Hello Mom Wannabe!
Conception is just as much a man's issue as it is a woman's. Men too need to make lifestyle changes including a healthier diet. Other lifestyle habits such as alcohol intake, drug use, and cigarette smoking can also make conception more difficult.

Nutrition can have a big impact on the quality and potency of a man's sperm. Eating a healthy well-balanced diet everyday by including all of the food groups (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low fat or fat free dairy products) can definitely help to boost your chances!

Good Luck and thank you for your question!
-- Kimberly A. Tessmer, R.D., L.D.

Kimberly Tessmer

Kimberly A. Tessmer, RD LD has been a registered dietitian since 1992 and is also an Ohio licensed Dietitian. Her educational achievements include a Bachelor of Science in Technology (Dietetics) from Bowling State University in Bowling Green, OH. She currently owns and operates a consulting business called "Nutrition Focus" www.nutrifocus.net, in which she specializes and offers services in the areas of weight management, general nutrition, authoring, menu development and a variety of other services.

To date Kim has authored three books including "The Everything® Nutrition Book", "Tell Me What To Eat If I Have Celiac Disease", and "The Everything® Pregnancy Nutrition Book". In addition, Kim has written numerous articles for various health/nutrition web sites and magazines including Bally Total Fitness Magazine, Well and Healthy Women Magazine and Healthology.com, Inc as well as continuing education courses for www.care2learn.com. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the ADA Practice Group, Nutrition Entrepreneurs.