Trying for a baby might sound like one of the best parts of starting a family. It should be all the fun before the hard work of being a parent begins. And it might be enjoyable when you first get started, but it’s not always just fun and games. Trying to conceive can be stressful, especially if it has been a while since you started trying.
The longer it takes to conceive, the more stressful it can become. People often recognize that it can be difficult for women when they’re trying to conceive, but what about the way that it can affect men?
If you’re trying for a baby or about to do so, there are a few ways it might have an impact on your life.
Working on a Schedule
Trying to make a baby might be plenty of fun, but having to do it on a schedule can take some of the fun out of it.
You might not do anything particularly special in the beginning, but if a few months have gone by without any luck, that’s when you might decide to do a bit more planning.
Making sure you have sex at the best time to increase your chances of conception isn’t always easy. It can even take the joy out of having sex if you’re tired or feel under pressure.
The important thing to remember is to enjoy it when you can, and that it’s ok to take a break when you need to.
Worry That Your Swimmers Might Not Swim
There’s one thing that any man can think about when he starts trying for a baby. What if you have a low sperm count or poor quality sperm? This isn’t something that you’re likely to know in advance, unless you have had medical treatment before that might give you an idea, such as chemotherapy. Some people might have their sperm tested in advance, but there’s generally no need to until you have reason to believe that something could be wrong. If you’ve been trying to conceive for a while, you might start to think that there could be an issue.
Fortunately, people are paying more attention to male fertility.
In fact, couples often carry out male fertility tests first because it’s generally more straightforward. There is plenty of male infertility support available for those who need it. You can have tests performed to check if there are any issues, as well as receive advice on how to improve your chances of conception.
It’s also a good idea to make sure that you have someone to talk to about any concerns that you might have. Talking to your partner is a good start, but it can help to have others to talk to as well.
If you want to improve your chances of conceiving, getting healthy can help.
This is something that you would ideally consider before starting to try for a baby, but you can also make some changes once you have started. Losing weight is one thing that you might do to get healthy and help improve your fertility. Changing your diet and exercising more can help you to achieve your goals. It can be useful to make sure you’re getting a balanced diet and all of the right nutrients to help with conception.
You should also think about reducing your alcohol intake and quitting smoking, which will both be things that you can continue once you become a parent too.
Changing Lifestyle Habits
There are various lifestyle habits that you might need to consider changing when you’re trying for a baby.
As well as making choices that can help to improve your health, you should also think specifically about the things that could affect your sperm count and quality.
For example, even the choice between boxers or briefs can make a difference to your fertility. In fact, heat of any kind could have an effect on your fertility, including heat from laptops, which some studies have shown could damage sperm and sperm mobility.
Getting plenty of sleep is also something that you should think about when you’re trying for a baby.
There are many benefits to sleeping well, including making it easier to lose weight, improving your mental health, and boosting your health in general. It’s also smart to get your sleep while you can – you won’t be getting much once you’re a parent.
The Effects of Struggling to Conceive
Having trouble conceiving isn’t just difficult for women to deal with. Men can also feel the effects of when it takes longer than expected to conceive. It’s important to recognize everyone’s struggles with trying to conceive and how it can make you feel. There are many ways that it can affect you.
It can be extremely frustrating and upsetting when you want something so much, but it’s not happening for you. If you find out that you have fertility issues, you can also struggle with feelings of inadequacy and even guilt.
Communicating as a couple is important, as is getting support from elsewhere. It’s also essential to consider whether medical help and advice might be necessary to give you the assistance that you need.
Supporting Your Partner
Trying for a baby is something that you do as a couple. In some ways, it can affect you both similarly.
However, in other ways, you will have different experiences. Being there for your partner and, hopefully, the future mother of your child is another important part of trying to conceive. You need to be able to offer your support in any way that you can, especially if it is taking longer than you had hoped for a successful pregnancy.
It’s not always easy to know how you can support each other. However, there is plenty of advice available if you’re not sure how you should approach the issue. It’s also essential for both of you to communicate with each other and ensure you have an open and continuing dialogue about how you feel.