According to a new study, women who consume less fruit and eat less need more time to get pregnant, and less likely to get pregnant in one year.
Researchers at the University of Adelaide have analyzed the link between women’s nutrition and reproductive success.
Professor Claire Roberts, who led the study, said, “The results show that a good diet that contains fruit and minimizes the consumption of fast food improves fertility and shortens the time it takes to get pregnant.”
In the study, 5,598 pregnant women were asked about their diet with their first child and how long it took them to get pregnant.
The analysis showed that compared to women who ate fruit three or more times a day, women who ate fewer fruits needed another half month to get pregnant.
Compared to women who rarely ate fast food, women who took fast food four or more times a week needed almost a month longer to get pregnant.
Dr. Jessica Grieger, who also participated in the study, said, “We recommend that women who want to get pregnant should vote their diet with national dietary recommendations for pregnancy.
“Our data shows that frequent consumption of fast food delays the time to pregnancy.”
Interestingly, the researchers found that although fruits and fast foods influenced the time before pregnancy, the consumption of vegetables or fish was not.
Researchers now hope to identify specific nutritional patterns, rather than food groups, that can influence the time that women take to conceive.