Fans first met Kayla Jackson when she starred on the third season of 16 and Pregnant, and now, the former reality star is all grown up! The Minnesota native — who gave birth to son Preston while struggling with anorexia — garnered a huge audience by shedding light on a subject that’s not often openly discussed: eating disorders. At 13, she was hospitalized for the condition, a struggle that was compounded by pregnancy. “I’m fat,” she complained to her friend at the time, who responded, “You’re not fat, you’re pregnant.”
Prior to her pregnancy, Kayla weighed just 90 pounds and was eating a diet of crackers, water, and chewing gum. “I had a 200-300 calorie rule for the day,” she said in a reply to a question about her disorder. Although you never fully recover from anorexi, you can be better at dealing with it — which Kayla seems to have accomplished.
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— kayla (@kaylajackson114) May 29, 2017
Yet throughout her pregnancy, Internet trolls often questioned her eating behavior. Luckily, her sister, Nikki, quickly put those rumors to rest. In response to a nasty comment on Formspring about Kayla being a bad mom, she wrote, “My sister DEFINITELY ate during her pregnancy. Even if she wanted to starve herself (she didn’t), she wouldn’t have been able to! When you’re pregnant, you’re eating for two, yeah, and she knew that… if you knew the real her, you’d know she had cravings when she was pregnant, she ate a tonnnn, and Preston came out PERFECTLY. A little over eight pounds; doesn’t get much healthier than that.”
These days, the 24-year-old is now a healthy mother of two boys. Kayla met her first future baby daddy Michael (Mike) Schwing while both were running track back in 2008. The first time the couple hung out together was at Mike’s family’s house in April, which Kayla says was a bit “awkward.” Soon after, the two got to spend some alone time together and really hit it off while they “watched TV all day and made out” — and apparently did more than that as well. The two welcomed Preston Michael on Nov. 4, 2010. She’s been with her second baby daddy, Matt Neyers, however, for four years now, though she still remains friends with Preston’s father. She gave birth to her second son, Cedric, in July 2016.
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