It's all too easy for couples to focus purely on the woman's health as they prepare for pregnancy. However, pre conception health is equally important for men.
According to new guidelines, the average sperm count should be 15 million or more per millilitre. Low sperm count and mobility may be caused by a series of lifestyle factors and these could affect a man's chances of helping his partner conceive.
There are several habits men need to be forming during these critical months of preparation, including increasing water intake, eating food rich in antioxidants and folic acid, and avoiding hot baths and tight pants, as heat can damage sperm.
It's important for couples to remember that baby-making is a team project so there's no reason whatsoever why your partner shouldn't join you in eating better food, exercising more and doing some of the things he enjoys to relieve stress - all of which will improve the health of his sperm and improve his fertility. No one knows more about this than leading fertility and pregnancy expert Zita West who is also a practicing midwife, acupuncturist and nutritional advisor.
If you are trying to conceive, or know someone who is, watch this video with Zita West, giving advice to men on lifestyle, exercise and diet.