A new mum who achieved a toned tummy just five months after having triplets says her hectic life as parent is the secret to her slim frame.
Ramie Snodgrass, 35, from Tacoma, Washington, in the US, says she went from having a huge pregnant belly to washboard abs without going to the gym or dieting.
The mum says her physical transformation was purely down to the "strength of the body" with her regular lifting, pushing their pram and generally being active all day with her little ones.
Ramie said: "For me a big fear of having triplets was not being able to do the things I love like running, hiking and more.
"I want to inspire other people and other mums not to give up on the things that are important to you as a person.
"I tried running six weeks after my C-section but found it was too painful, so I don’t work out as regularly as I used to.
"But I think having triplets has kept me slim. Lifting them out of their cribs, toting big boxes of diapers, pushing their hug strollers and more is physically strenuous."
Ramie and her husband Brad did not have an easy pregnancy.
Twins Connor and Justin shared the same amniotic sac, putting them at risk.
Doctors even suggested reducing the pregnancy to one in bid to ensure survival of at least one of the boys.
But this was not an option for the doting parents, who said that they were blessed with twins for a reason so decided to go ahead with all three children.
Their leap of faith paid off and the triplets survived, with 3lb 3oz Anna arriving first, followed by Justin at 3lb 8oz and Connor at 3lb 7oz.
Looking back to their first reactions when they discovered they were due to have triplets, Ramie said: “I wish I could say my initial reaction was happiness, but I was scared, worrying how we would afford and manage with three infants.
“After that we realised we were given the biggest miracle and blessing.”
“Our plan was to have one baby, we didn’t use fertility assistance, but in our ultrasound initially they were like, ‘There’s one, no wait there’s three,’” Ramie recalled.
“I have a fit body type, I eat very healthily, I don’t exercise regularly but I am taking care of the babies and any chance I get I like to go for walks.
“The amount of times I’m running up and down the stairs, picking up one baby then another when they begin to cry, is pretty physically demanding.
“I was so scared of losing my babies that the pictures remind me of how I almost wasn’t a mum.
“In the second picture where they are having fun on the yoga mat on the grass I recognise how strong the body can be.
“I’m so grateful and feel blessed to be a mum, I realise I’m in such a different emotional place now, I’m completely transformed too.”
After coming home and adapting to life with their three new arrivals, Ramie shar
ed two images of herself – one of her bulging baby bump and another five-months post-partum.
The post online gained traction, with many amazed at how quickly her body had appeared to return to physical peak.
She was surprised and felt guilty for the attention, believing there were other more deserving parents out there.
Ramie said: “At times I feel like an imposter, there are far more heroic mothers than I am – mothers with disabled children, high risk pregnancies that didn’t turn out well – I feel guilty for the attention.
“I’m thankful to have my body back, I was uncomfortable being pregnant, especially as I have always kept very fit.”
For Ramie, the most important difference between her during pregnancy and after pregnancy pictures was her mental and emotional transformation.
She added: "I was surprised by the response I received; to me it’s more than just a physical body transformation, it’s also a mental and emotional one too.
"During the pregnancy I was so scared of losing my babies. I am just thankful to feel like myself again and get to enjoy my time with my children.
"I have a lot of fun dressing them up; while I’m taking time out to be a mum it’s great to have a creative outlet and enjoy my kids.
"They are really spoiled – in a good way – and get lots of love."
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