Are you trying to get pregnant, but love to snack on some junk food when you’re hungry in the afternoon (or anytime really)?
Well, there’s some bad news on the horizon, because new research from the University of Adelaide has revealed that women who eat jun food take a lot longer to fall pregnant than those who eat fresh fruit and veggies regularly instead.
The research looked at the link between women’s diets and reproductive success. The study questioned 5598 women in Australia, the UK, Ireland, and New Zealand all about their eating habits.
It was found that a diet that was missing fresh fruit increased a woman’s infertility risk by 50 percent.
Professor Claire Roberts explained, “The 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."
In comparison to women who ate fruit three or more times per day, those who ate less fruit took half a month LONGER to fall pregnant.
Compared to those who rarely ate fast food, women who had junk food on the regular (four or more times per week), too a month longer to fall pregnant also.
In this instance, fast food refers to burgers, pizza, chips, deep fried chicken, and anything you can get takeaway or at a fast food place.
These results were independent of factors like age, weight, smoking and alcohol.
Dr Jessica Grieger revealed, “We recommend that women who want to become pregnant should align their dietary intakes towards national dietary recommendations for pregnancy."
The study’s researchers are now looking to pinpoint which dietary patterns are necessary in affecting how long it takes for women to get pregnant.
Looks like you really better watch your cravings if you’re looking to get pregnant...
We wonder if this all goes for men, too, because it takes two to tango mate and a baby doesn’t happen without two healthy partners.