|McDonald's sausage McMuffin. (QMI Agency files)
A British woman credits in vitro fertilization (IVF) -- aided by daily breakfasts of sausage McMuffins to help carry her triplets to full term -- after failing for 10 years to get pregnant the old-fashioned way.
Vegetarian Laura Dixon, 34, and husband Tim, 34, of Essex, tried three times with IVF to have a family, but was unsuccessful twice; the first attempt was abandoned and the second try ending in a heartbreaking miscarriage after eight weeks, SWNS.com reports.
Laura was in her third round of IVF when she conceived and decided to boost her odds of carrying to full term by increasing her protein intake with regular servings of meat.
The long-awaited news that she was pregnant came on her 33rd birthday -- she was going to be the mother of triplets, two identical boys and a girl.
"After losing one baby to a miscarriage, I thought I would never be able to carry three," SWNS.com reported.
"But then my hunger kicked in and despite never eating meat I craved it. I ate about six meals a day."
A regular feast of burgers, chicken, bacon and daily breakfasts from McDonald's became a staple for the lifelong vegetarian and she began gaining weight.
"It all seems like a blur now. 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," Laura said, according to SWNS.com. "Eating meat definitely helped me get all the protein you need when you're pregnant. I think it could be one of the reasons I managed to carry all three to full term."
Max, Mason and Mia, now 14 months old, were each born a minute apart by caesarean section and went home from hospital two weeks after birth.
Laura is now back on her meatless diet and only eats veggie wraps and fries from McDonald's.