WOMEN who eat a lot of fast food and little or no fruit may take longer to get pregnant.
The finding is part of an international study of 5,500 women which included participants from Ireland.
All were interviewed by research midwives during their first antenatal visit, at 14-16 weeks gestation.
Information about the time it had taken to get pregnant, along with the women’s diets in the month before conception, was collected.
The researchers found that compared to women who ate three or more portions of fruit in the month before conception, those who ate fruit less than one to three times a month took around two weeks longer to become pregnant, according to study lead, Professor Claire Roberts, University of Adelaide in Australia.