Woman Ditches Vegetarianism During High-Risk Pregnancy
byKaitlin StanfordSep 03, 2013
A UK woman—who was formerly declared infertile by doctors—is calling her 14-month-old triplets miracle babies, and says it's all thanks to the meat-filled, high-protein diet she switched to while pregnant.
Skeptical? Just hear her out.
A lifelong vegetarian, Laura Dixon tried unsuccessfully for 10 years straight to have a baby naturally. And with both polycystic ovarian syndrome and endometriosis, doctors said it was unlikely she would conceive on her own. Finally, Dixon turned to IVF, only to miscarry at just eight weeks. Next came another grueling round of IVF, and another pregnancy, but her prognosis was again pretty bleak: doctors told that her pregnancy was extremely high-risk and she would likely not carry to full term.
That's when Laura also learned she'd be having not just one, but three babies.
"When the sonographer found a third heartbeat I remember shouting 'oh no' and crying—thinking I'd lose them all," she told the UK's Daily Mail. "After losing one baby to a miscarriage, I thought I would never be able to carry three."
But instead of resigning herself to that fact, Laura threw herself into revamping her diet. She immediately upped her iron, vitamin B12, and protein intake. And we're not just talking vitamin supplements and protein shakes here. Instead, some of the new mainstays of Dixon's new diet consisted of daily sausage McMuffins from McDonalds, chicken and stuffing salad sandwiches from Marks and Spencer, and plenty of bacon and burgers.
Yep, a woman who had never even taken a bite of meat prior to her pregnancy was now putting back around to six meat-filled meals a day—and packing on nearly 70 pounds in the process. Before long, the now-mom of three actually started craving it, too.
"It all seems like a blur now," she says, "[but] I just remember the cravings were so strong that I would wake up in the night and make my husband go and get me a McDonald's."
In the end, it all seemed to pay off: Dixon gave birth at 35 weeks to three adorable babies—identical twin boys Max and Mason, and daughter, Mia.
As for those middle-of-the-night McDonald's runs? Looks like those days are long over for Laura Dixon. She's since thrown her meat-lovers diet out the window and reverted back to her vegetarian ways. And yes, she still hits up McDonalds on the regular; but these days it's a veggie wrap and fries for the win.