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Mom Who Just Gave Birth To Triplets Shows Exactly What Happened To Her Baby Bump Postpartum

littlethings.com logo littlethings.com 1/26/2019 Angela Andaloro
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When the internet first heard of Maria Nordø Jørstad, it was because a photo of her baby bump had gone viral. The bump was particularly extraordinary, as Maria was expecting triplets. The Copenhagen, Denmark mom is now four months postpartum and giving people an honest look at her body’s continued evolution.

Maria and her husband, Anders, were already parents to 2-year-old Mikael when they found out they were expecting. Despite what many people have assumed, the couple did not get pregnant with their younger kids as a result of in-vitro fertilization. The triplets were conceived naturally. Maria documented her first pregnancy and decided to do the same with this one. This time, she shared her pictures on Instagram. She has since amassed over 270,000 followers.

Maria has given folks a real look at what being pregnant with multiple children looks like. She is continuing to share the emotional journey. She hopes that it will give women more realistic expectations of themselves during pregnancy and after. It isn’t always pretty, but it’s an homage to what the human body is capable of.

a person holding a phone in front of a mirror posing for the camera © Triplets of Copenhagen/ Instagram

When Maria first started the “Triplets of Copenhagen” Instagram account, she was looking to document her pregnancy. She had kept track with pictures during her first pregnancy, but this time she was having triplets.

a woman standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera © Triplets of Copenhagen/ Instagram

At 20 weeks, Maria was a little more than halfway there. She found out her triplets would be two girls and a boy!

a group of people posing for the camera © Triplets of Copenhagen/ Instagram

As if the chaos of expecting three babies isn’t enough, Maria and Anders got married while she was pregnant. They were just about 11 weeks out from meeting their triplets.

a person standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera © Triplets of Copenhagen/ Instagram

As her bump grew bigger, people became more fascinated with Maria’s journey. She was elated to have experienced minimal health issues, which can be more common during multiple child pregnancies.

a woman in a yellow dress posing for a picture © Triplets of Copenhagen/ Instagram

Maria’s belly looked almost surreal at 20 days out from delivery. She was largely spending time resting, as any exertion was exhausting for her.

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A look at how her belly evolved week by week is simply incredible. You can see how the growth seems to pick up, taking her bump from your average pregnant belly to the enormous one that left people in awe.

a group of people sleeping on the bed © Triplets of Copenhagen/ Instagram

The triplets were born on the morning of September 12, 2018. The proud parents named their two daughters and son Iben, Agnes, and Filip. The babies were healthy but had to stay in the NICU until they grew a bit more.

a man standing in a room © Triplets of Copenhagen/ Instagram

Everyone who was fascinated by Maria’s bump was intrigued to see how her body would recover. She was happy to share and give people a more realistic idea of what the body goes through. Above, she poses only two days after giving birth. As you can see, her belly didn’t immediately shrink away.

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There hadn’t been much progress a week later.

Maria explained to her followers what was happening: “I now have a really weird looking hanging belly, which is still quite heavy. My uterus has not shrinked [sic] back yet. Because my belly was so stretched it takes longer than usual. I’m gonna get a belly band/support binder asap, because it’s quite annoying and the sagging makes my c-section scar hurts.”

a person sitting on a bed © Triplets of Copenhagen/ Instagram

Maria found out that she had diastasis recti, a separation of her abdominal muscles which made it difficult to strengthen her core and begin getting her body back. She began working with a trainer that helps postpartum women who have experienced diastasis recti.

a person standing posing for the camera © Triplets of Copenhagen/ Instagram

It was emphasized to Maria that she’d have to take it very slowly before starting to work out or engaging in any real physical activity. Twelve weeks postpartum, she also discovered that she had a hernia in addition to the diastasis recti. The progress wasn’t what she thought it would be.

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Maria is continuing to work with her trainer to take the steps needed to get back in shape. Her body has been through quite an ordeal, so the slow pace is key to recovery.

a person standing in front of a building © Triplets of Copenhagen/ Instagram

Maria’s trainer has her working on posture, breathing, and doing very gentle ab exercises. There’s more to it than just standing up straight and taking deep breaths. But she tells her followers she’s dedicated to doing the work while also being honest about just how much work it does take.

a hand holding a baby © Triplets of Copenhagen/ Instagram

The triplets are now 4 months old. While the process was quite strenuous, one look at these faces and Maria knows it was all worth it!

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