Health Watch - Pregnancy Preparation: Dad's Duty

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about things prospective parents need to do to get ready for a healthy pregnancy. Moms-to-be take most of the burdens in a pregnancy because they’re the ones carrying the fetus, but future fathers also need to make preparations.

Dr. Lisa Halvorson, an obstetrician/gynecologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says fathers-to-be can take steps to improve their fertility and protect the health of the mother. Stopping smoking and either stopping or reducing alcohol consumption can improve male fertility. Secondhand smoke is also bad for pregnant mothers and babies.

If you work around dangerous chemicals, change clothes as soon as you get home, and wash those clothes separately from the mother’s clothes. While trying to conceive, prospective fathers should avoid hot tubs, saunas and other hot environments.

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April 2010


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