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Right diet 'can boost pregnancy chances'

Changes to lifestyle can offer an increased chance of pregnancy according to a new book.
The right diet can help a woman get pregnant much later in life, according to a new book.

The Fertility Diet, by Sarah Dobbyn, claims that eating more organic food and cutting out sugar can help women get pregnant into their 40s and 50s, Daily Mail reports.

Miss Dobby, a nutritionist, also cites studies linking peas, soya and rhubarb to infertility, as well as the obvious like smoking and alcohol.

She worries that IVF is too often seen as the only way of boosting pregnancy chances.

"Huge amounts of money are being spent on assisted conception techniques by hopeful couples who do not know that alcoholic and caffeinated beverages are liquid contraceptives, sweeteners can prevent ovulation and seemingly innocent foods such as peas, rhubarb and soya all inhibit fertility," she said in the newspaper.

"It is a pain to give up caffeine, it is a pain to give up wine, but won't it be worth it when you have your own baby?"

Other factors like getting enough sleep and not being overweight are named by the former barrister.

Meanwhile, a study has found that if a woman is pregnant, she is more likely to find men who look similar to her attractive, reports the Sunday Herald.

This attraction happens because the woman's immune system is weakened during pregnancy, according to the study by psychologists at Aberdeen University.

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