Men make up 50% of your child's DNA, so their health matters too.
Every woman knows that when it's time to make a baby, healthy habits are important. We all know the dangers of alcohol and smoking and the benefits of taking a daily multivitamin with folic acid. But what about the dangers of having an unhealthy partner?
Men, of course, contribute 50% of the baby's DNA but until recently have been fairly well ignored in the whole baby-making process (beyond the 'ahem' obvious practicalities of course). Now, thanks to recent research, we know that unhealthy dads contribute more than just DNA. Smoking dads can expect to offer increased infertility, more miscarriages and a scarily increased likelihood of baby being diagnosed with a childhood cancer. But non-smokers aren't off the hook either. Things like poor eating habits, not enough antioxidants (those come from fruits and veges - you know, the things that aren't meat), too much of the 'bad' fats and not enough of the good fats can all impact significantly on your chances of conceiving, the likelihood of a smooth trouble-free pregnancy and the health of your baby for many many years to come. In fact, the choices you make in the months before you become a dad will affect your child for the rest of his or her life. That's a big responsibility!