Why this mum of twins shows off 'saggy' tummy in fitness competitions

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Why this mum of twins shows off 'saggy' tummy in fitness competitions

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.

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.

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.

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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