Woman's diet can have a fruitful effect on the chances of pregnancy

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If you are a woman and cannot live without junk food then you are at a risk of experiencing a delay in pregnancy, finds new study.

Grieger and her colleagues examined data from 5,598 pregnant women in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Women who do not eat fruits or have a lot of junk food take longer to get pregnant and have less chances of conceiving within a year, according to a recent study.

Among the participants, 94 percent were considered fertile, so only a minority of the couples in the study were classified as infertile.

"We recommend that women who want to become pregnant should align their dietary intakes towards national dietary recommendations for pregnancy", said Grieger.

"The specific dietary components of fast food and their relationship to fertility have not been studied in human pregnancies".

Those who ate fruit less than three times a month took half a month longer to become pregnant than those who ate fruit three or more times a day in the month before conception.

Roberts and a dozen colleagues from Australia, New Britain and New Zealand went through data collected from questionnaires with midwives between 2004 and 2011 in all three countries for the Screening for Pregnancy Endpoints (SCOPE) survey.

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Detailed answers given by almost 5600 women in the early phase of pregnancy focused on what they ate in the months preceeding conception.

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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There were a few issues with the study that might have impacted the results. Fast foods included burgers, pizza, fried chicken and chips that were bought from take-away or fast food outlets.

The researchers found that the amount of green leafy vegetables or fish did not have an effect.

Doctors generally tell couples to try to conceive for a year before they're defined as having fertility problems.

The results were adjusted to take into account the potentially adverse impact on fertility of advanced maternal age, obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption.

Nearly all the women conceived without fertility assistance.

A total of 5,600 women in the early stages of pregnancy focused on their diet in the months before conception.

There are some limitations to the study as any research that relies on data from recalled information isn't wholly reliable and there might have been other influencing factors that the researchers didn't consider.

An admitted weakness of the study, the researchers noted, was that they did not collect dietary information from the fathers. "The strength is, this is a really large study with a large number of women".

The researchers are continuing their work and plan to identify particular dietary patterns, rather than individual food groups, that may be associated with how long it takes women to become pregnant.

The expert also warned women hoping to fall pregnant against eliminating fruit from their diet in fear of consuming too much sugar.