Brisbane radio host Abby Coleman made an emotional announcement live on-air on Monday morning, sharing the news that she and her husband Scott Burdon are expecting their third child.
The 36-year-old broke down as she said it’s been a “hard time” for her family, after she experienced a series of miscarriages. “You’re trying to find joy but it’s so much fear,” she told co-hosts Stav Davidson and Matty Acton. “It’s been really stressful.”
“It’s just really hard telling people you’re pregnant and I think the worst thing is un-telling people as well when you have miscarriages… and we didn’t know why we were (miscarrying),” she said.
The Hit105 host, who is already a mum to Finlay, 6, and Jagger, 3, described how her husband’s attempts to soothe her were sometimes unintentionally hurtful. “He was like ‘oh well if it’s meant to be it’s meant to be’,” she said, “and that’s always hard to hear when you’re being so desperate and I just became so obsessed with trying to have a third”.
Had a vision that this would be a perfect family moment….We would tell the boys and they would be so excited that we would have to quickly tell family and friends as they would tell the world but alas the only one who sounded surprised was @seedsman17 holding the camera and I assure you hubby already knew. Nine weeks have past since we filmed this and none of my boys have told a single person ???????? Mother Nature has been a bit of a bitch in letting us have another pregnancy that’s progressed but with tears and 184 “she’ll be right we’ll get there” comments from hubby we are finally excited to say we are having another baby. Love and luck to those couples who are having a hard time trying. #surprisegender Rest assured our eldest got a tissue after filming and we explained to our youngest that he wasn’t the one having the baby ????
In October last year, Coleman told News Corp she was attempting an extreme diet – the 101 Wellbeing Program – to help her conceive.
“I do want to have a third (child) and I just haven’t had any luck with it,” she said. “It hasn’t been a good year.”
“I just felt that I needed some sort of cleanse… from minimal sleep, getting up early in the morning relying on coffee, I eat way too much and I drink too much alcohol.”
The 12-week, 101 Wellbeing Program, designed by Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner Dr Shuquan Liu, promises to provide an “overall improvement in your health, greater ease in maintaining your weight, a better quality of life, lower stress levels and an ability to function at a high level without relying on medication”.
It can cost between AUD $4000 to $8000, where those partaking in the program pay to eat nothing. The program also includes daily treatments of acupuncture, cupping, reflexology and massage.
On Monday, Coleman told her listeners she wasn’t sure if the program had helped her become pregnant for the third time, since she had a miscarriage after it.
“Whether it was that or not, I personally feel that it was, but I don’t want say that because I was so desperate if someone told me drive to a secret mountain and lay down naked on the floor for 24 hours and you’d get pregnant I’d do it,” she said.
Last year, 33-year-old Zoe Marshall also made public her endorsement of the diet, crediting it for her pregnancy.
According to dietitian Susie Burrell, health experts would “never” endorse “extreme fasting diets” as a means of, first and foremost, losing weight.
Listen: Exactly what the 101 diet entails, from someone who’s been on it.
“[They’re] not a sustainable way to lose weight and promote metabolism long term. Whilst initial weight loss may be significant, the average person will find it extremely difficult to stick to; for anyone with underlying hormonal issues such as Type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance there can be side effects such as low blood glucose and a significant amount of muscle mass will be metabolised which will reduce metabolic rate,” Burrell told Mamamia in October.
“There are much better, proven ways to lose weight, and most importantly be able to maintain this weight loss.
“[For women trying to fall pregnant] the diet isn’t necessarily dangerous, but anything extreme will have side effects. For example, extreme fasting will mean that a mum-to-be is not getting important nutrients such as folate, which is important to help prevent neural tube defects so you are increasing risks in some areas.”
Although she says an extreme diet like 101 isn’t one you will see dietitians recommending to eager-parents-to-be, there are benefits to changing your diet can, for many women, help fertility.
“It is known that reducing carbohydrate and sugar intake is important, as is getting your fat balance right is important. Controlling caffeine levels too and losing weight will increase fertility in some people but it is individual and as such anyone struggling with fertility needs to be working with a qualified health professional such as IVF specialists, endocrinologists and dietitians.”
Debate surrounding the diet itself does pose interesting question about cleansing as a concept. Do we actually need to cleanse our body? Is it an important path to good health? According to Burrell, the answer is no.
“The body’s organs such as the kidneys and the liver are very good at getting rid of what we do not need. But in many cases, losing a few kilos will be beneficial as long as it is done the right way without compromising nutrient intake.”