A woman who had been trying for a baby for six years was told she was too fat for IVF after tipping the scales at 19 stone.
Tasha Frampton, 33, and husband, Ross, 34, from Farnborough, Hampshire, turned to the fertility treatment after she struggled to conceive.
But weighing in at 19 stone, Tasha’s dreams hung in the balance as she was told she was too fat for IVF.
Desperate to become a mum, Tasha ditched her fast food diet in an attempt to lower her deadly BMI reading from 40 to 30 – which is the minimum requirement to qualify for the treatment.
And after losing nine stone, Tasha’s BMI was finally low enough and she and Ross were referred for one free round of IVF.
Amazingly, it was successful and Tasha gave birth to a baby girl, Arabelle.
Tasha, who works in accounts, said: “I never thought my weight would be a problem, but at 19 stone not only did I fail to conceive naturally but doctors told me I was too fat for IVF.
“I had always dreamed of having children so when I didn’t get pregnant I was heartbroken.
“After three years of trying for a baby our GP sent us for fertility tests but the results came back all clear.
“My doctor suggested I should lose some weight as this could be affecting our chances.
“At first I felt annoyed and I was in denial for a long time, some of my friends who already had children were the same size or even bigger than me so I didn’t understand what the problem was.
“My BMI was nearly at 40, which meant I was severely obese, and our GP explained that to be eligible for IVF my BMI would need to be lower than 30.
“I was addicted to fast food, particularly McDonalds, and we would eat takeaways most evenings, my favourite was always Chinese and I would order tonnes of extras.
“But I was faced with a choice, to carry eating the way I was or to become a mum, and of course I chose to become a mum and was determined to lose the weight.
“When I hit 10 stone I felt amazing, and to top it off the IVF treatments was successful.
“Arabelle is our little miracle and I am so thankful that I was able to change my life around in time.”
Tasha and Ross married in 2008 and decided they would try for a baby the following year.
She added: “When months passed and nothing happened I was left feeling really depressed so I turned to food for comfort.
“I had started to gain weight a few years before, I ate a lot of fast food and Ross and I would regularly order takeaways of an evening, but in the year after our wedding my weight shot up.
“I felt comfortable with my body but my family were concerned for me, I could see it was affecting our marriage.
“The year I turned 30 we moved house and I decided it was time to make a change, I saw an advert on TV for Jane Plan and decided to give it go.
“The weight fell of instantly and I lost five and a half pounds in the first week which felt amazing.
“I have never particularly liked the gym so on my lunch breaks I would go for a 45 minute walk, I was desperate to try anything.
“I was really strict with myself, I knew I had to be because I loved food, but I was determined to have a family.”
Within 12 months Tasha had lost nine stone but was still unable to conceive naturally and so went back to her doctor for help.
Tasha said: “Thanks to the weight loss my BMI was finally low enough and so we were referred for one free attempt of IVF on the NHS.
“In March 2015, after injecting myself with hormones, an embryo was implanted in my womb and two weeks later we received the most amazing news that I was pregnant.
“Throughout my pregnancy I carried on with the healthy eating and only gave into my cravings on a few occasions.
“In December 2015 I gave birth to a beautified baby girl called Arabelle, she is perfect in every way, and certainly keeps me on my toes.
“I currently weigh 11 and a half stone, I am still watching what I eat but I do treat myself occasionally.
“But I am going to start Jane Plan again soon to shift my left over baby weight and the pounds I gained over Christmas, I am determined to never let my weight affect my life again.”