Infertility and taking a while to conceive are some of the most heartbreaking challenges of married life. According to a recent study, though, what might be holding back the hormones may well be what the mom to be is eating.
Australian researchers found that women who ate fewer than three pieces of fruit a month took 50 per cent longer to conceive than women who ate fruit three or more times a month.
Could it possibly be that simple? Just eat more fruit?
Alas, no. There’s everything else in the diet, as the researchers found out when they interviewed the moms to be on their first prenatal visit.
Junk food consumption was also analysed, and women who rarely ate fast food got pregnant a month quicker, on average than women who ate fast food four times a week or more.
While the intake of fruit and fast foods affected the time it took to get pregnant, the researchers found intake of green leafy vegetables or fish did not.
Great for those of us who eat a salad every day, and fish a few times a week. But still, for those actively trying to conceive, fruit intake seems to be key.
When researchers looked at the impact of diet on infertility, they found that in women with the lowest intake of fruit, the risk of infertility increased from 8 per cent to 12 per cent, and in those who ate fast food four or more times a week, the risk of infertility increased from 8 per cent to 16 per cent.
Professor Claire Roberts, of the University of Adelaide, who led the study, said: “These findings show that eating a good quality diet that includes fruit and minimising fast food consumption improves fertility and reduces the time it takes to get pregnant.”
From personal experience, ditching the junk and fast food also helps with joint pain and other health issues that pop up.