Usually all preconception advice is given to women.  After all, a daddy to be has a limited role (or so we used to think) in the pre natal care of his unborn child.  That’s not true anymore.  For one thing Dad’s are responsible for 50% of infertility!

The very first thing you should do is to confirm that your health plans include maternity coverage and that you know what the waiting period may be for coverage to take into effect.  Maternity coverage will increase your monthly health premiums; but without it, a baby could cost up to $10,000 for a normal vaginal delivery.

Have a general health check up.  Health plans offer free annual checkups. Even a high deductible health plan has to offer you a yearly annual exam.  You also might want to take a good look at your weight compared to your height.  A study published in the journal of Fertility and Sterility found that men who were very overweight or underweight had lower sperm counts than men who were at an ideal weight.  While low sperm count is sometimes genetic, some manageable factors can contribute to sperm count.

One of those manageable factors would be your tighty whiteys!  From WebMd :

Boxers vs Briefs: Increasing Sperm Count

“Boxer shorts and loose pants can boost sperm count.  For about one-half of couples with fertility problems, experts say low sperm count is the cause.  But, maybe something as simple as changing the kind of underwear a man wears can make a difference.  The temperature of the testes is at issue: In order for testes to produce sufficient quality and quantity of sperm, the temperature of testes must be lower than the core body temperature.  Testes can overheat when a man wears brief underwear.  If the testes are too hot — several degrees above where they should be— they are not able to produce sufficient sperm, resulting in low sperm count.”

Becoming a parent will change your life.  A lot of first time dads worry about the many changes that will happen to the lifestyle they have enjoyed.  Here is some great advice from KidsHealth. “Fatherhood doesn’t have to spell the end of fun.  True, you may not get much sleep or time for yourself during the first few months until your baby starts sleeping through the night.  But when the baby sleeps more, you and your partner will have more time for things you enjoy, together and individually.

“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” – Unknown