A few months ago, a mom from Copenhagen became famous for her enormous baby belly. Maria, who was pregnant with triplets (conceived naturally), shared regular updates about her growing babies and the effect they were having on her body.
Maria, 36, wrote a lot about the physical struggles she went through, including skin rashes, belly sores, severe Braxton-Hicks contractions, and sudden attacks of nausea and dizziness.
The pregnancy was far from easy, but on September 12, 2018, Maria welcomed her beautiful babies into the world. She and her husband now have two baby daughters, Iben and Agnes, and a baby son, Filip, in addition to their 2-year-old son Mikael.
Just a few days after giving birth to the triplets, Maria took to Instagram to tell her followers all about her postpartum body.
She shared a picture taken two days after her babies were born and got candid about the pain and discomfort she was experiencing.
This is Maria and her newborn triplets, Iben, Agnes, and Filip.
Maria became famous for sharing pictures of her growing belly on Instagram.
By the end of her pregnancy, her baby belly weighed almost 45 pounds!
On September 12, Maria and her husband welcomed their three new little ones to the world.
A few days later, Maria shared her first postpartum update with her followers. She wrote:
“Vent warning. What a woman needs to go through! Day 4 and it has been quite a ride body wise. The first two days I could barely stand up because of extreme pain in the c-section wound, but the nurses made me walk a bit anyway. If I didn’t, it would become even worse, they told me.”
“In addition to that it has been three days with my bowels constantly twisting and turning like snakes (you wont believe the sight of it!), causing much pain. And to top it off my milk started coming in already yesterday, and has caused huge and very painful breast engorgement. My nurse actually asked if I have implants! The joke of the day. BUT, our babies are doing SO good!! Will write a post about them soon.”
A few days after giving birth, Maria was able to put on normal clothes — and it felt incredible.
A week after giving birth, Maria shared another postpartum update.
“I now have a really weird looking hanging belly, which is still quite heavy,” she explained. “My uterus has not shrinked back yet. Because my belly was so stretched it takes longer than usual.”
Maria continued: “I’m gonna get a belly band/support binder asap, because it’s quite annoying and the sagging makes my c-section scar hurts. I’m really impatient to get my body back!”
When the babies finally came home from the hospital, Maria hoped that she would settle into a normal routine and start to feel more comfortable in her body again.
Unfortunately, her body decided to take its sweet time recovering from pregnancy.
Four weeks after the birth of her babies, Maria wrote: “I still have a weird looking hanging belly, and I am a bit surprised it has not gotten smaller since my last picture three weeks ago. Kind of disappointing I must admit, and I am not too happy to share this picture.”
“On the positive side the c-section scar doesn’t hurt anymore, and in the last two days I’ve almost felt like myself again!” she continued. “Except for this heavy sagging belly that is. I’ve been waiting for some belly bands that were shipped from the US several weeks ago, and they will finally arrive tomorrow. Can’t wait to try them on and see if they have any effect!”
Many moms commented on Maria’s photos, thanking her for being so candid.
One woman wrote, “Thank you for being so honest and brave!”
Another woman wrote: “Thank you for sharing all these posts! Pregnancy has always scared me so much and your honesty has made me so much less afraid! You’re a rockstar!”
Although Maria is struggling with her postpartum body, she knows she just needs to give it time and be patient. And she knows the most important thing is that her babies are healthy — so she’s thankful with where she’s at in this journey.