Alex Jones suggests her vegan diet helped her get pregnant

The One Show presenter Alex Jones was back on our screens last week after giving birth to her third child in August last year.

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On Thursday’s show, the Welsh TV presenter was interviewing actor Ralf Little, during which they got onto a conversation about Veganuary, the annual campaign that encourages people to ditch all animal products for the month of January in a bid to follow a vegan diet and lifestyle.

When Alex Jones questioned the Death in Paradise star on how he was finding the month-long plant-based challenge, she spoke of her own experiences of attempting to go vegan, saying, ‘Veganuary, good for the planet but not so easy to do I found.’

To which Ralf replied: ‘There’s that old joke isn’t there, “How do you know if someone is vegan? Because they tell you within three seconds.”‘ Continuing, ‘I’m just giving it a go and so far it’s going alright.’

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Further divulging on her own Veganuary participation in 2021, Alex alluded that going vegan helped her to get pregnant, saying: ‘Well I ended up pregnant after being vegan for a bit. It was so healthy you see wasn’t it.’

In an interview with Mail Online in May last year, Jones revealed that she did not realise she was pregnant with Annie – her third child – as she mistook the early symptoms as the effects of her new vegan diet.

‘I just felt really tired but, of course, in hindsight I was pregnant. I thought it was the veganism making me drained of energy but it wasn’t,’ Jones said.

‘This is ridiculous in a third pregnancy, but I didn’t realise the clues were there because I honestly blamed everything on the veganism. I was so tired and hungry all the time and I thought it was that.’

The presenter has three children with husband Charlie Thomson; sons Edward, 4, and Kit, 2, and a baby girl named Annie, who was born in August 2021.

Now, there’s no hard evidence that suggest any links between veganism and fertility, however a 2020 Harvard study found that women’s diets high in folic acid, vitamin b12 and omega-3 fatty acids were linked to high fertility. Meanwhile, diets high in trans fat, red and processed meats, potatoes, sweets and sweetened drinks were found to have negative effects on fertility.

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With this in mind, you could perceive that giving up meat (the red and processed kind, anyway), has the potential of increasing your chances of getting pregnant. Additionally, it has long been widely believed that being in your healthiest physical (and mental) state can only aid your chances of getting pregnant. While vegan doesn’t automatically equal healthy (there are certainly ways of eating an unhealthy vegan diet), a diet full of a wide array of fruits and vegetables is always a healthy option.