Preconception Nutrition Isn’t Just For Mom

October 29, 2017

As you embark on the journey to become pregnant, it’s important to make good nutritional and lifestyle choices that support a positive pregnancy outcome. Women of child-bearing age should take a daily vitamin with folic acid, eat a balanced diet, incorporate exercise into their routines, and cut out alcohol and smoking. But preconception nutrition isn’t just for women. Men also need to evaluate their lifestyles and eating habits when a partner is trying to conceive.

Antioxidants & Male Fertility

When evaluating male fertility, there are three factors to consider:

  • Motility – refers to the movement and swimming of sperm
  • Concentration – refers to the quantity or total number of sperm
  • Morphology – refers to the size and shape of sperm

Some recent studies have made a case that antioxidants may help improve male fertility and sperm quality. A review of 48 trials assessing the efficacy of antioxidants in sub-fertile men found that the probability of a couple having a live birth increased from 5 percent up to 31 percent, in many cases, when antioxidant supplements were taken for six months.1

Antioxidants protect the body from damage caused by harmful free radicals that we are all exposed to every day. A free radical can be defined as an atom or molecule containing one or more unpaired electrons in valency shell or outer orbit and is capable of independent existence. Free radicals have many sources, both exogenous and endogenous. Exogenous sources include environmental pollutants, alcohol, tobacco, and certain medicine. Free radicals are also environmental pollutants, alcohol, tobacco, certain medicines and even our own digestive process produce free radicals. Antioxidants, such as vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium, help repair the damage to cells.

Make Prenatal Nutrition a Team Effort

Making prenatal (and preconception) nutrition a team effort can help both partners stay on track with pregnancy goals. Men and women can plan meals that incorporate key nutrients such as folic acid, which is critical for women preconception. While antioxidants may have fertility benefits for men too. In addition, incorporating fruits and vegetables into the diet daily can help both prospective mothers and fathers reach nutritional goals.

For many people, diet alone may not be enough to achieve the daily recommended amounts of important nutrients such as folic acid. The Prenate® Vitamin Family offers women a line of prenatal vitamins to help them meet their nutritional goals. Prenate® products incorporate pharmaceutical grade ingredients that provide patients with the quality and purity that are important for prenatal nutritional support.

While Prenate® vitamins are designed for women, there are antioxidant supplements available for men. Women should talk to their health care providers to see if Prenate® is right for them and to discuss what options would work for their partners.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.

WARNING: Ingestion of more than 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids (such as DHA) per day has been shown to have potential antithrombotic effects, including an increased bleeding time and International Normalized Ratio (INR). Administration of omega-3 fatty acids should be avoided in patients taking anticoagulants and in those known to have an inherited or acquired predisposition to bleeding.

This site and its contents are an information resource only, and are neither intended to nor should be used in replacement of your doctor or other prescribing professional’s medical guidance, recommendations or advice. Neither this site nor its information should be used or relied upon for any diagnostic, medical, treatment, nutritional or other purpose. All aspects of pregnancy, including whether pregnancy is right for you, and the nourishment and care of your child, should be made with your doctor and other appropriate medical professional, and in consideration of your and your child’s particular medical history. Avion Pharmaceuticals, LLC (“Avion”) makes no representation, warranty or other undertaking that this site or its information are appropriate for you or your child’s specific needs or issues, and further expressly disclaims all damages, losses, injuries or liability whatsoever incurred or alleged to have been incurred in consequence of your reliance on the information on this site. Avion does not endorse any test, procedure, treatment, remedy, therapy, cure, nutritional regimen, method or other activity or undertaking that you and/or your doctor or other medical professional may elect or recommend. By visiting this site you agree to these terms and conditions and acknowledge that you have read and understand the same. These terms and conditions, together with any information on this site, may be amended, restated or otherwise changed from time to time and at any time by Avion within the sole, absolute and uncontrolled exercise of its discretion. You acknowledge and agree that Avion has no duty or obligation to keep you informed of any amendments to, restatements of or other changes to these terms and conditions or this site, and that you are solely and exclusively responsible for apprising yourself of the same.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.

WARNING: Ingestion of more than 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids (such as DHA) per day has been shown to have potential antithrombotic effects, including an increased bleeding time and International Normalized Ratio (INR). Administration of omega-3 fatty acids should be avoided in patients taking anticoagulants and in those known to have an inherited or acquired predisposition to bleeding.

This site and its contents are an information resource only, and are neither intended to nor should be used in replacement of your doctor or other prescribing professional’s medical guidance, recommendations or advice. Neither this site nor its information should be used or relied upon for any diagnostic, medical, treatment, nutritional or other purpose. All aspects of pregnancy, including whether pregnancy is right for you, and the nourishment and care of your child, should be made with your doctor and other appropriate medical professional, and in consideration of your and your child’s particular medical history. Avion Pharmaceuticals, LLC (“Avion”) makes no representation, warranty or other undertaking that this site or its information are appropriate for you or your child’s specific needs or issues, and further expressly disclaims all damages, losses, injuries or liability whatsoever incurred or alleged to have been incurred in consequence of your reliance on the information on this site. Avion does not endorse any test, procedure, treatment, remedy, therapy, cure, nutritional regimen, method or other activity or undertaking that you and/or your doctor or other medical professional may elect or recommend. By visiting this site you agree to these terms and conditions and acknowledge that you have read and understand the same. These terms and conditions, together with any information on this site, may be amended, restated or otherwise changed from time to time and at any time by Avion within the sole, absolute and uncontrolled exercise of its discretion. You acknowledge and agree that Avion has no duty or obligation to keep you informed of any amendments to, restatements of or other changes to these terms and conditions or this site, and that you are solely and exclusively responsible for apprising yourself of the same.

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