Studies conducted by researchers in Melbourne, Australia reveal that how a woman eats before getting pregnant can affect her daughter’s fertility
A variety of factors influence the chances of a successful conception and a healthy baby, even long before a couple meets to conceive.
These factors include genetic health conditions, family health history, and mental and physical health of the parents.
Recently, a study headed by Amy Winship, Ph.D., showed that women who consumed diets very low in protein negatively impacted the development of their daughter’s ovaries, more so than diets high in fat.
The findings suggest that protein is highly important for the development of the baby, not merely calories.
Researchers used mice to study the effects of diets low in protein on females prior to conception.
The mice continued to consume the same type of diet both during and after pregnancy.
When the female offspring of the mice were examined at approximately the same stage that is equivalent to human puberty, it was revealed that they had a lower number of follicles in their ovaries: less than half of female mice born to mothers, not on a restricted protein diet.
Researchers stress the importance of a proper diet not only during pregnancy but long before it
Although researchers admit that the results of the study are not mature enough to issue dietary guidelines to prospective parents, particularly mothers, they do stress that the period prior to conception is important too.
Despite an abundance of guidelines and research available on what women should eat during, after, and right before pregnancy there is little to no information available on what to do in the years prior to conception.
Being that women are born with the entirety of their eggs, the development of a female fetus is all the more critical.