Women who eat fast food take longer to become pregnant

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They were all first-time mothers, and only 340 of these women got any sort of fertility treatment before they became pregnant.

Previous research has focussed on the role that diet plays in women diagnosed with or receiving treatment for infertility however the impact of diet before conception for the general population has not been widely studied. The researchers say chowing down on fruit more than three times a day ups your chances of getting a new family member.

Fast food also plays a big part as women who eat fast food four or more times a week took almost a month longer to become pregnant than those who never or rarely consume fast food.

The risk of infertility was also higher for women who ate very little fruit.

Furthermore, the majority of women in the cohort got pregnant within a couple of months and, when comparing the effects of different amounts of fast food, this translated to a tiny difference in the time it took to conceive.

Researchers found that while intake of fruit and fast foods affected the time it took to get pregnant, intake of green leafy vegetables or fish did not.

The likeliness of becoming infertile rose from 8% to 16% for women who consumed junk food four or more times a week, and 8%-12% for those who neglected their fruit intake.

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Studies also found that women who do plenty of vigorous activity prior to conception are less likely to suffer from ovulatory infertility. These women were supervised by midwives who asked questions about the diet they had a month before conception but also how long it took them to get pregnant once they had proposed it.

The study took into account other risks affecting fertility, such as body weight, smoking and alcohol consumption.

When the researchers looked at the impact of diet on infertility, they found that in women with the lowest intake of fruit, their risk of infertility increased from eight to 12 per cent. 2204 of the couples that took part in the study became pregnant within a month, while 2204 were deemed infertile, due to taking in excess of a year to conceive.

A total of 5,598 women participated in the study.

Mathur further stated that the research is directly in line with other studies that "show your overall dietary pattern may influence fertility". However, the researchers were surprised that these healthy foods didn't appear to have an effect, Roberts said.

Still, more than half of overweight or obese arthritis patients are not getting tips on diet and exercise that could improve their health. However, there's no need to worry that having the odd burger might be the cause of problems conceiving.

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