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Women who eat too much fast food and not enough fruits take longer to get pregnant

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Posted May 8, 2018

Conceiving a child is a dream to many. But not everyone will be successful in this endeavour. Becoming pregnant is not always that easy and some lifestyle changes need to be made. Scientists from the University of Adelaide conducted a study, which revealed that those women who eat too much fast food take longer to become pregnant.

Women who don’t eat enough fruits and consume too much fast food take longer to get pregnant. Image credit: Michelle Tribe via Wikimedia (CC BY 2.0)

It is not a surprise that diet is very important when conceiving a child. Healthy animals are more likely to conceive – that is how nature is. Quite simply, the baby is made from what mother eats and her chances of having a hospitable environment are smaller if she eats a lot of unhealthy food. Scientists asked 5598 women in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Ireland about their diet in order to confirm that there is a relation between conception times and the diet. 8 % of couples were considered infertile because they took more than a year to conceive and 39 % conceived within a month of trying.

Obviously, scientists confirmed that eating unhealthy food prolongs the time it takes to conceive. Between those who ate the least amount of fruit 12 % were classified as infertile. And between those who ate fast food once a week or more often 16 % were infertile. In other words, eating junk food and not enough fruits prolongs conception times to over a year. You might notice that the difference is small (4 % of increase for inefficient intake of fruit and 8 % increase for fast food), but it is actually quite significant, especially having in mind that the change is easy to make. Women trying to get pregnant should limit their intake of burgers, pizza, fried chicken, chips and eat more fruit – that is the biggest advice scientists have for them.

Interestingly, scientists found that not eating enough fruits is a problem, but not eating enough green leafy vegetables or fish did not have such effect. Of course, this could be one of the limitations of the study of direction for future research. Dr Jessica Grieger, first author of the study, said: “For any dietary intake assessment, one needs to use some caution regarding whether participant recall is an accurate reflection of dietary intake. However, given that many women do not change their diet from pre-pregnancy to during pregnancy, we believe that the women’s recall of their diet one month prior to pregnancy is likely to be reasonably accurate”.

Conceiving a child is a huge responsibility. It is important to do it correctly and it definitely requires some effort. Changing your lifestyle slightly is really not that hard, having in mind the cost of bad choices.

 

Source: University of Adelaide

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