A big breakfast in the morning improves pregnancy chances by helping women dealing with their reproductive health problems. Women struggling to conceive would be wise not to neglect eating their morning meal and have a big nutritional breakfast daily.
This is what a study suggests, as it appears that consuming more calories in the morning could assist women with fertility problems get pregnant. Previous studies have shown that our body weight is not affected only by the amount of calories consumed but by the timing as to when we consume as well. The latest research of Professor Oren Froy (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Professor Daniela Jakubowicz and Dr Julio Wainstein (Wolfson Medical Center, Tel Aviv University) revealed that a big breakfast can enhance fertility in women with menstrual irregularities due to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Polycystic ovary syndrome affects about 6%-10% of women of reproductive age, reducing their pregnancy chances. This syndrome causes insulin resistance, leading to high androgen levels and menstrual cycle irregularities, fertility problems and increased risk of diabetes.
60 women with PCOS took part in the study experiments carried out at the Wolfson Medical Center for 12 weeks. The women aged 25-29 and had a body mass index below 23. The volunteers were separated into two groups. Both groups were called to consume approximately 1.800 calories per day, differing only in the time of their highest calorie intake. The first group of women had their largest meal of the day -980 calories- in the morning while the second group in the evening. Women were also asked to record the specific foods consumed each time.
According to the study results, as published to ‘’Clinical Science’’, women who ate a big rich-calorie breakfast had their blood glucose levels as well as insulin resistance decreased by 8%. On the contrary, women who consumed a rich-calorie dinner showed no improvement. Moreover, in the breakfast group testosterone levels of women dropped by 50% while their ovulation rate appeared to be much higher compared to dinner group in which testosterone levels remained stable.
These results indicate that having a hearty breakfast can improve fertility and pregnancy chances for women with PCOS.
Concluding, as highlighted by Professor Froy, the amount of calories we consume per day is quite important but the time of consumption is much more critical.