Getting Your Body Back After Twins
In addition to gaining weight quickly, may women find they are out of shape from extended bed rest or just from limiting their activities. Just one month of bedrest can atrophy a woman’s muscles considerably.
Caring for newborn twins, especially premature ones (as 50% of twins are), is mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting. Most new moms of twins just don’t have the time to invest in exercise during the first few months post-partum. Once the babies start sleeping through the night, and the mother starts getting more rest, she can look into getting back into shape.
One of the most common issues a woman who has given birth to twin faces is an abdominal diastasis. This is a condition where the abdominal muscles that make up the “six pack” you see on bodybuilders has essentially come “unzipped”. Instead of being a firm “washboard”, a woman’s muscles have turned into saggy spaghetti noodle consistency. Doctors can tell a woman if she has this condition.
These muscles are classically hard to tone with focused exercise. However, Julie Tupler has developed a book that details how to address this problem. A link on how to lose your “mummy tummy” is included at the end of the article.
In addition to lost muscle tone, women who have given birth to twins often don’t eat very well. Let’s face it, how many women have time to cook when they are either breastfeeding or bottle-feeding two babies every three hours, changing diapers, entertaining baby, and trying to keep the house uncluttered enough so as not be a hazard? Is it any wonder potato chips, popcorn, and other carbs grabbed on the run are the norm?
A woman has a few options when it comes to eating well. Some twin moms I know swear by SmartOnes or Lean Cuisine meals, which can be popped into the microwave at a moment’s notice. Others clean all the junk food out of the cupboard and stock up on fruit.
If a program sounds more useful, Weight Watchers offers a special program for nursing mothers and post-partum women. I have also had some luck with the Sonoma Diet. Links to both are at the bottom of the article.
The key to getting your body back after having twins is patience and persistence. New moms should be gentle with themselves—their bodies have undergone major stresses and changes, and need time to bounce back. By doing just a little each day, eventually the weight will come off and the muscles will tone up—especially after the twins start to walk and get into everything!
Lose Your Mummy Tummy: Flatten Your Stomach Now Using the Groundbreaking Tupler Technique
Weight Watchers “Bye Bye Baby Fat”: http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/gawi/index.aspx
This site needs an editor - click to learn more!
You Should Also Read:
BellaOnline's WeightLoss Site
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Content copyright © 2018 by Kris Bigalk. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Kris Bigalk. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.