By Jasmine Kazlauskas
An obese mum-turned-model whose size caused her to have six miscarriages shed half her bodyweight to have more kids – and is now expecting her second child.
Pregnant mum-of-one Hailey Frazer, 25, dropped a staggering 65kg (10st 2lbs) after enduring a heartbreaking cycle of miscarriages – which doctors blamed on her size 26, 137kg (21st 5lbs) frame.
The stay-at-home mum and part-time florist from San Antonio, Texas, USA, underwent gastric sleeve surgery in August 2016 after doctors told her it would be ‘near impossible’ for her to lose weight due to her thyroid issues and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
The glam goth shed an incredible eight dress sizes to achieve her enviable 72kg (11st 3lbs), size eight figure – and is now even a part-time model for alternative fashion magazines.
And after the heartache of six pregnancy losses, Hailey and her high-school sweetheart husband Frank Frazer, 28, are expecting their second child this December after welcoming son Stryker, three, in 2015.
Hailey, who was bullied at school due to her size, said: “I’ve been obese for most of my life. The weight really started piling on when I was nine years old, just before puberty. My mum was really concerned.
“It took a really huge toll on my self-esteem. I was over 100kg (15st 7lbs) when I was 14, and I just kept piling on the weight over the years.
“It was so hard during school. I’d be bullied constantly every day, both for being fat and being goth. I’d come home every afternoon just bawling my eyes out.
“They’d make animal noises as I’d walk past and call me ‘lard ass’ and other awful names.
“One of the worst memories I have is when I was going to prom with my husband, who was my fiancé at the time.
“I had spent a lot of time getting ready, and I felt really beautiful in my dress, and I had my hair and makeup done – I felt really pretty.
“As we approached the venue, some other kids yelled out mean things from their car and made pig noises at me. It completely shattered me and totally ruined my night.
“I had no confidence and developed depression and anxiety. I’d binge eat, and then not eat for days.
“I’d restrict myself to 800 calories a day, lose some weight, and then binge eat and pile it back on.
“It was a dangerous and unsustainable cycle. I felt disgusting.
“My husband and I got married in 2013, but I hated how I looked at my wedding.
“What was supposed to be the best day of my life was ruined because of my weight.
“I felt anxious the whole day and kept shying away from the cameras.
“Frank and I tried to get pregnant because we both couldn’t wait to be parents, but we went through six miscarriages before having our son.
“The doctors said that my weight and PCOS was a huge issue, and was making it hard for me to conceive, and to retain the pregnancies.
“It was heartbreaking each time, and I kept thinking it was never going to happen for us.
“I’ve always dreamed of being a mother. I want a huge family with lots of children. We want to have our own kids and then adopt more.
“It was a miracle that I had my son, and after that I knew I needed to lose the weight, so I could have the family of my dreams.
“But it was so hard. I completely overhauled my diet and was even walking over ten miles (16km) some days. But I was still gaining weight. It was so frustrating.
“I went to my doctor for help and discovered that I had major thyroid issues that would make it nearly impossible to lose the weight naturally.
“The only way I’d be able to lose it was to have gastric sleeve surgery, which was the best decision I’ve ever made.”
Following the procedure, Hailey’s weight began melting off with the help a strict ketogenic low-carb, high-fat diet and healthy exercise – with the mum reaching her goal weight of 72kg (11st 3lbs) in January this year.
And just two months later, Hailey – who now works out at the gym for an hour and a half, three to six times a week, discovered she was pregnant.
The 25-year-old said: “With all my health issues, I never would have been able to slim down to where I am today.
“Frank and I have always wanted a big family, and that was the biggest motivation for me to lose weight.
“I couldn’t believe that just two months after reaching my goal weight, we were pregnant.
“I’ve almost made it out of the first trimester, and the likelihood of a miscarriage is down to just three per cent.
“We’re absolutely ecstatic and feeling really positive about this one.
“Losing the weight has been the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s helped with my depression and anxiety, and now I can keep up with my son.
“I have so much more confidence about how I look. I used to stay at home and just want to hide because I didn’t want anyone to see me.
“I’ve been really getting into modelling for some gothic and alternative fashion magazines.
“I’ve had some paid photoshoots, which has been an incredible experience.
“I’m still building up my name, but it’s amazing to think I could even be a model.
“I remember looking at pictures of models when I was a little girl and thinking I’d never be as beautiful as them.
“But now I’ve been published in magazines and it’s like a dream come true.
“I’m so excited for the future and I’ve never been happier.”
Breakfast: Three breakfast tacos (900 calories).
Snack: A doughnut and a large soda (600 calories).
Lunch: 20 chicken nuggets and fries with a large soda (1,500 calories).
Dinner: Spaghetti and meatballs with cheesy garlic bread and soda (1,400 calories).
TOTAL: 4,400 calories
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs (250 calories).
Snack: Handful of nuts and fruit (300 calories).
Lunch: Beef jerky, boiled eggs and some cheese (400 calories).
Dinner: Homemade chicken Alfredo with edamame instead of pasta (500 calories).
TOTAL: 1,450 calories