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Although the study findings suggest that whole foods may help improve fertility, Roberts is interested in exploring whether a good-quality diet is necessary or if supplements can do the same. But that calls for another study, considering the current one didn’t look at the effect of supplementation.
Regardless of whether you’re trying to get pregnant, it’s well documented that a good diet is critical for overall health. But for mothers expecting — either now or in the future — it’s especially important, the research shows.
“Women who are thinking about conceiving should start having as healthy as a diet as they can before they get pregnant,” Dr. Westphal says. “We know that very early prenatal environment is so key to the long-term health of that child, and a lot of people don’t realize how their health can affect the health of their children.”