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5 Tips for Getting Pregnant After 40

        Health | Conception

Invite Your Partner to Join You

Even though most advice on preconception health focuses on women, we all know it takes two to make a baby. Male fertility can be affected by several factors, such as medications. Some drugs used for ulcers and gastrointestinal issues, for instance, can disturb sperm production. Marijuana lowers sperm quality, and excessive heat reduces sperm quantity, so no hot tub to get the romance going [source: American Pregnancy Association].

Plus, it's hard enough to give up drinking, smoking and Cheetos (well, for some of us). It's even harder when your partner hasn't. We may know less about how diet and exercise affect male fertility, but we do know it's healthy for everyone -- so see if your own personal cheerleader might like to take a walk before sitting down for another episode of "Breaking Bad."