Plenty of couples have trouble trying to have a baby, and there’s all kinds of advice out there on how to get pregnant. But recent research from Israel suggests it may be as simple as just making sure you have a morning meal.
Researchers from Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem studied the affects of having a big breakfast on women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a condition that affects between six and 10 percent of women and causes menstrual irregularities as well as fertility issues. All the women in the study were ages 25 to 39, thin (a BMI of less than 23) and suffered from PCOS. They were instructed to consume 1,800 calories daily over the course of 12 weeks. However, one group had its largest meal for breakfast and the second group had its largest meal at dinnertime.
What researchers found was the women who ate big breakfasts showed an eight percent decrease in the insulin resistance that caused fertility problems in PCOS sufferers. Eating a big breakfast also drastically decreased the amount of testosterone a woman’s body produced. Excess testosterone in women is also responsible for infertility. Lastly, the women who ate a big breakfast ovulated at higher rates than the women who waited until dinner to consume the most calories
Though the Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University of Jersulamen used only 60 women, researchers do feel the time we eat our meals is important when it comes to fertility.
Have you has trouble conceiving? Do you think this study could be valid?