Diet without fruits delays pregnancy, says study

Young married women who avoid fruits and consume lot of fast food are less likely to conceive within a year, a study released on Thursday says, AFP reports. A diet without fruits per day added about two weeks, on average, to the time of conception, researchers reported in the journal Human Reproduction.  But a diet rich in fruits and without fast food improved fertility and reduced the time to get pregnant, said researcher Claire Roberts at the University of Adelaide in Australia. While earlier studies focused on diet of women receiving treatment for infertility, Roberts and her team from Australia, England and New Zealand focused on what young married women ate in the months before conception. They studied data gathered through questionnaires by midwives between 2004 and 2011 in these countries for the Screening for Pregnancy Endpoints survey. The food habits of some 5,600 first-time mothers in the early phase of pregnancy showed that those who shun fruits and gorge on fast food take more time to get pregnant and also face higher risk of infertility.