A mother of twins isn’t letting her post-baby body stop her from achieving her fitness dreams.
New Zealand’s Shina Pierce says she suffered from severe postpartum depression after giving birth to her twin daughters.
The now 29-year-old had always dreamed of being a mother, but for the first three months post-birth, she struggled to leave the house and would be overwhelmed by her emotions.
My first competition done and dusted for the fit mums category for the @nzfitnessmodelsearch at the @nzfitnessexpo 💪🏼💖 . Although I didn’t place which I didn’t expect to I know I’ve already inspired a lot of women to get out there and get fit which is such a great feeling inside to know that you’ve helped and inspired people to get fit and healthy, strong and that you can do anything you want to 💪🏼 . I’ve even convinced some friends to join me for hopefully next year, I’ll have a fit dad @iamjkino fitness female model @mareezzyy and a fitness male model @mikempowrfitness 👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼 . And most of all the connections and amazing friends that I’ve made through this amazing opportunity 💖 again thank you to all the support from friends and family! It took a lot of courage for me to get out on the stage with my loose skin twin mum tum😅🙏🏻💕 . Off to get some krispy kreme donuts 🍩 🍩🍩🍩 been dreaming of this moment 😂 @gshocknz . #fitmum #twinmum #bikinicompetitor #brave
A post shared by Shina (Sheena) Fierce (@shinafiercenz) on Oct 27, 2018 at 7:34pm PDT
Following the birth of her daughters Harper and Nicole in 2016, Pierce’s weight had reached 94kg (208 pounds). After recovering from a difficult pregnancy and delivery, the young mother said she was less focused on her appearance, and more on her energy levels.
“I did want to get back to my pre-baby body and it was definitely a hard adjustment. Although honestly, I was more concerned about how I was going to get through the sleep deprivation than my body,” Pierce told the Daily Mail.
The new mum was also aware she needed to recover from surgery to repair a second-degree tear she got during the birth.
2 years Postpartum Twin pregnancy 👶🏻👶🏻 . Swipe to the left for first year of PP ➡️. Right was taken sometime last week . On the 29th of December 2017 I gave birth to 2 of (in my eyes) the two most cutest humans ever 💖 During that time I did let my cravings get carried away but also had quiet huge babies than the norm for twins so my stomach stretched a lot and my stomach also changed a lot as you could imagine, my abs separated 😬 and I’ve got quiet abit of loose skin 😅 . Looking back though I’ve progressed quiet a lot to a point where I’d be happy to rock this tummy and even more so because it reminds of all the hard work I’ve put in 💪🏼🔥 . This was all due: . 🔅Healthy food choices (implementing small changes that I know I could adhere to) and refining what I ate (I hate the word diet as people often think celery, eat nothing, boring when in fact diet is simply what you eat) . 🔅Being a bit more organised ie by meal prepping,planning when I would get my exercise in especially when I was doing full time mum for a year . 🔅Drinking lots of fluids ie water 🔅Moisturising 🔅Consistency 🔅Making it fun & making it work 🔅Blogging like what I do now it’s a great tool to help with accountability . #fearlesslyfemale @lornajanenewzealand
A post shared by Shina (Sheena) Fierce (@shinafiercenz) on Jan 29, 2019 at 10:43pm PST
As she adjusted to life as a busy mum, Pierce began getting back into fitness and resumed light exercise by taking her daughters out for walks. Eventually, she returned to her pre-pregnancy weight of 58kg (126 pounds) and decided that, despite her stomach looking different after pregnancy, she wanted to celebrate by entering into fitness competitions.
While she is “proud” of her body, the mum admitted there are times she wishes “that the saggy skin would disappear”.
Before her first competition, Pierce reveals she was initially self-conscious and compared herself to the other competitors and models, some of whom had also had children.
“I had to remind myself the reason I wanted to go on stage was to prove to myself that I can get out of my comfort zone and that I can do anything I put my mind to,” she explained.
December 19 2016 #throwback 10 days before I gave birth to my beautiful girls 👶🏻👶🏻 . I don’t even know I could move 😂 I had to wear a smiley belt because it would be so painful/uncomfortable walking for more than a couple of minutes due to the weight I was carrying as well as my own weight 😓 Pretty sure I was 100kgs-105kgs on the mark in this photo 😅
A post shared by Shina (Sheena) Fierce (@shinafiercenz) on Nov 2, 2018 at 5:52pm PDT
Pierce chronicles her journey and love of fitness on social media and hopes that her story inspires other mothers suffering from postpartum depression to stay strong and have hope.
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