Post # 1
All the posts I’ve read on WB so far seem to talk about what women did to prepare for TTC so I was curious to know if anyone has experiences to share of their male partners did anything to prepare for it? Did you go with him or alone to the pre-pregnancy appointments?
Post # 2
chillbee29 : My pre-pregnancy appointment was a waste of time. He didn’t go. He took maca root last time around. This time around, he started Fertilaid a couple months ago because it took awhile the first time.
ETA: We’re starting to TTC #2 in September.
Post # 3
My husband isn’t doing anything to prepare for TTC.
I’m not doing much either. Losing weight and taking prenatals is it. He’s already at a healthy weight and lives a pretty healthy lifestyle so there’s not much for him to do.
I plan on talking to my doctor about prepping for TTC at my annual exam in a few months and he won’t be coming with me. I don’t plan to do a pre-pregnancy appointment beyond that.
Post # 4
We are both working on losing weight and eating healthy. He refuses to take supplements other than multivitamins.
He has not been to my pre-pregnancy appointments but asks a million questions about it.
Post # 5
All he did was make sure he wasn’t sick during conception (his decision), which meant it took a few months before we could try this last time around – terrible timing with bad colds. That’s it though.
Post # 6
- Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse
I didn’t have an actual pre ttc Appt. I just went to Planned Parenthood so I didn’t have to ask off work (they’re open on STurday). I needed a Pap really bad before we tried.
My husband takes a multivitamin and we’re both watching what we eat. That’s about it! He still drinks alcohol and caffeine and all that jazz.
Post # 7
Thank you all for the responses!
It sounds like there’s not much men need to do to prepare for it. I did read some mixed articles about caffeine and requested him to cut back on his caffeine and alcohol intake and he has been doing that as he had also been wanting to cut back on it for other reasons.
We’ve been eating healthy, exercising, and taking multivitamins on a daily basis. Hopefully it all pays off when it’s TTC!
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2018 - Location
My husband didn’t go to the doctor but it just so happened that the year before we started TTC he started working out regularly and lost 40 lbs so that was good. He also cut out all junk food and joined me on the healthy food train. I asked him to cut back on coffee, he didn’t do it, but it wasn’t a problem for us conceiving.
In the months learning up to TTC he took 600mg of CoQ-10 and DHA everyday. Also some vitamin D because we’re in Canada and need it for the winter.
In general men should stop smoking weed and/or cigarettes and drink less.
This is the “medical” stuff. What he really did to prepare was go on a few crazy trips in Africa and Asia, get a new job because he was unhappy at his old place, and celebrate his 30th birthday. This is what actually made him feel ready!
Post # 9
chillbee29 : My husband didn’t go to our pre-TTC appointment, but he is working on changing back to healthier habits (he used to workout a lot and completely stopped), taking a multivitamin, and is changing jobs to have a position with better leave policies so I’m not the only one taking time off once we have a little one. Besides talking about how we’ll raise our child, there’s really nothing else for us to do at this point!
Post # 10
My husband has done quite a bit to prepare. He replaced coffee with green tea and cut out alcohol (other than a rare drink on special occassions). He’s started going to the gym more (4-5 times/week) and we also go jogging and biking together. He eats a ton of veggies every day and no refined/added sugar, and takes multivitamins. These changes were partly due to TTC and partly due to being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes shortly before TTC. He’s lost 25 pounds and has more energy. Very proud of him! I haven’t done as much.
Post # 11
chillbee29 : My husband isnt changing much. He works out, is at a healthy weight, doesnt smoke, etc. The only thing he had to adjust was one of his fitness supplements which could affect sperm quality. He stopped taking it about 3 months before we started just in case.
Post # 12
We are NTNP I guess. But I am hoping to lose some weight… I do track a little.
What is my husband doing. Haha. He is trying to get in as much fun before we get pregnant. So we go out alot and have drinks. Just enjoying the final days of it all. So prob not what you are looking for. But if we don’t get pregnant by 6 months I am sure we will start seeing what we can do for him.
Post # 13
Neither my husband nor I had any prepregnancy appointments, not sure what they would do other than tell you to take prenatal vitamins. For my husband it was more about being emotionally prepared for ttc rather than loading up on vitamins/supplements.
Post # 14
My fertility specialist wants my husband to take menevit for three months before our IVF round. She says elevit for women is rubbish and you should just take folic acid acid and eata good diet, but that menevit has a really benefial effect on sperm viability.
Post # 15
We started taking vitamins together- One A Day makes “preconception” vitamins for men that come in a pack with their prenatal vitamins. He’s not good at taking pills, and they were pretty large, so I don’t think he took them very regularly. That’s about it, though. My husband has varicocele so I told him that at his next dr’s appointment he should have them looked at in case they affected fertility, but we ended up getting pregnant before that anyway.