A poor diet and lead to a delayed pregnancy.(Shutterstock)
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A diet of junk food, no fruits leads to delayed pregnancy

A poor diet and having little or no fruits can lead to delayed pregnancies.
By Kabir Bhandari | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2018 12:12 PM IST

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.

Having absolutely no fruits compared to a diet which comprises three or more pieces daily added on an average two weeks, to the time taken for conception, said researchers in the journal Human Reproduction.

Similarly, women who gorged on fast foods like burgers, pizzas and deep-fried chicken four or more times a week took one more month to get pregnant when compared to those never have junk food or do so rarely.

“These findings show that eating a good quality diet that includes fruits and minimising fast food consumption improves fertility and reduces the time it takes to get pregnant,” said lead researcher Claire Robers, a professor at the University of Adelaide in Australia.

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.

A total of 5,600 women in the early stages of pregnancy focused on their diet in the months before conception. They were all first-time mothers, and only 340 of these women got any sort of fertility treatment before they became pregnant.

Results of the research displayed a link between avoiding fruits or being fond of fast-foods and a longer ‘time-to-pregnancy’ or higher infertility risk.

On an extreme level, however, too much of fast food compared to none at all increased the risk of not becoming pregnant by 41%.

“We recommend that women who want to become pregnant should align their dietary intakes toward national dietary recommendations for pregnancy,” said lead author Jessica Grieger, a researchers at the University of Adelaide.

However, doctors have also said before that a good diet can improve the chances of pregnancy. Foods that are loaded with folate and zinc can help in improving fertility in women. “Free radicals in the body which can damage both sperm and egg cells are deactivated by the antioxidants” says Dr Hetal Parekh, consultant IVF, Dr LH Hiranandani Hospital. Berries, nuts, leafy green veggies, yams, figs and beans are good sources of antioxidants.

With inputs from AFP

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