This photo of Rebecca Romijn has been circling the internets today. The lovely lady gave birth to twin girls a month ago. Why am I even bothering to post this??
Because of the haters out there. Every gossip blog that posted this picture is full of negative comments about tummy tucks and c-sections, personal trainers and private chefs. They are all complaining that Hollywood is producing unrealistic expectations for new moms, etc., etc.
Seriously. First, I can’t believe I’m commenting on the comments on a gossip blog. For that, I promise some sort of penance ;o) But honestly! People need to realize exactly what a twin pregnancy can do to your body!
I was at my “pre-pregnancy weight” within months of delivering. I only gained 37 lbs. That is the high end of a singleton baby. But honestly, it was impossible to gain any more weight. I was ridiculously ill for the first 4 months, and by the time I felt well enough to eat, my stomach was SO huge that I didn’t have the space for food. I tried!! I ate McDonald’s, and I drank whole milk. I tried to eat all day long.
The funny thing is, pregnancy boost your metabolism. When you are carrying TWO babeez, it boosts it even higher. My resting heart rate at the end of my pregnancy was 110 beats per minute (bpm). To give you an idea of how hard my body was working at rest, laying in a hospital bed, my normal resting HR is between 60-70 bpm. 95 bpm means that a trainer will send you to a doctor for approval before working out because you are a bit of a liability.
My body worked HARD.
After I had my twins, I was a wreck. It was weeks after my c-section before I felt strong enough to do more than walk around the house. I didn’t start “working out” again until the girls were 2.5 months old. The weight still fell off.
Add breast-feeding to the equation: a nursing mother to a singleton requires 500 calories a day above her pre-pregnancy needs. A nursing mother to twins burns ONE THOUSAND calories a day. That is just to maintain basic bodily function. If you do any walking around or activity, you are going to drop weight. Unless you are eating lard out of a bucket with a spoon, but that’s another story….
So to all the haters: Yes, it is possible to look that good. Not everyone gains 95 lbs carrying twins. I’d like to know how they managed to fit it all in. If you were tiny before your twins, chances are you will quickly be tiny again after.
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Try carrying twins and then caring for them – let me know if you make it out alive and then we’ll talk. Until you’ve done it, you have no idea.