By Jasmine Kazlauskas
A mum of TRIPLETS has revealed the adorable fitness regime that saw her bounce back to her pre-pregnancy body – and gain an enviably flat stomach.
Taryn Anderson, 31, has undergone an extraordinary transformation and is fitter than ever just two years after giving birth to her three tots.
The mum-of-four has remarkably gone from struggling to walk across the room to working out five times a week in an inspiring post-partum fitness journey that has seen her lose 22kgs.
And the secret to Taryn’s sleek new figure is getting her tots involved in her exercise regime.
Taryn doesn’t just stay active running around after three two-year-olds but incorporates them into her 30-minute workouts five times a week.
The fitness fanatic mum uses the triplets like cute weights and lets them climb over her to add to the burn of crunches.
Taryn said that by getting the kids involved in her fitness, it not only sets a good example but it means she doesn’t have to use up her precious ‘me time’ for working out while the kids are asleep.
Physiotherapist Taryn from Perth said: “After giving birth, I was floppy everywhere and had no muscle mass left.
“I’ve always been quite slim and physically active so it was very hard.
“My fitness journey started out very slow.
“All I did for the first four months was wear recovery shorts that held my tummy together as I had a 4cm abdominal separation after giving birth to four babies in 22 months.
“I slowly added in things like going for a 15 minute walk with the pram in the early days and I just built that up over time.
“I started doing regular gentle workouts three times a week when the triplets were eight months old.
“I have a cargo bike that I strap the kids into and I use it to take them to school, to the market, and to the library.
“It just means I can be more active during my day.
“Eighty percent of my workouts are done with the kids, either at home, at the park, riding the bike or doing some pilates or yoga that I watch on YouTube.
“I love involving the kids because they learn the importance of being active.
“It rubs off on them so much, like the other day Ava put her feet up on the couch in a push up position just to show me she could.
“I think the most important thing for new mums to realise is that no one just bounces back.
“You need to take it slow and be kind to yourself.”
Although they suspected they might be having twins, Taryn and her husband Heath Anderson, a 32-year-old geologist, got the shock of their lives when the doctor revealed it was triplets.
Naturally occurring triplets are still a rare phenomenon representing just one in 9,000 pregnancies in Australia.
Already parents to four-year-old Ava, new additions Posey, Euan and Bryn instantly doubled the size of the family.
For a triplets pregnancy, Taryn’s was fairly plain sailing but the mum did face some complications and usual symptoms like morning sickness and back pain were far more intense and debilitating.
At her 12-week scan Taryn’s boys were diagnosed with a rare and dangerous condition called twin-to-twin transfusion, which can occur when two babies share a placenta.
And at 33 weeks and 4 days, which is considered full-term for triplets, Taryn’s doctor discovered that the blood flow to Posey was diminishing.
Instead of wait any longer for the babies to develop, doctors decided to go ahead with Taryn’s caesarean acting just in time to keep Posey and her brothers safe.
While most people can’t imagine the chaos that comes with having four kids under five, Taryn said the most challenging aspect of it has not been anything to do with the children but with nasty comments from complete strangers.
Taryn said: “I had a big baby bump early on so I thought maybe it was twins.
“My dad’s a triplet and his grandmother’s a twin while on my mum’s side there’s twins in every generation so I guess it was in the back of my mind.
“When they first did the scan, the doctor said ‘Oh yes, it’s twins, there are two separate sacs’.
“But then he said ‘Wait, let me double check’ and after an internal scan he found the third one.
“We went from being completely excited for twins to then being completely overwhelmed that it was triplets in the space of two minutes.
“I got quite cross with the poor sonographer because I was in such shock. I told him ‘No, you told us two, you can’t change your mind’. “During the pregnancy, I was three times as tired, three times and sick and three times as sore and uncomfortable.
“Usually women don’t start getting Braxton Hicks contractions until their third trimester but I got them at 11 weeks with the triplets.
“I was worried that I’d need to have surgery while the triplets were still inside of me.
“But I got very lucky, as the boys just progressed and thankfully it didn’t get any worse or require any medical intervention.
“During the birth I had 25 doctors in the room. It was very full on but I was just so relieved they all arrived healthy.
“The triplets were in hospital for three weeks because they were so tiny and needed some extra TLC.
“That was a tough time as I was in and out of hospital and wasn’t allowed to drive.
“When the babies came home it was incredibly hard. I would get two or three hours of broken sleep a night and I was breastfeeding them as well so that was a bit of a juggling act.
“But the hardest bit of it all was the reactions I would get from complete strangers when we went out.
“It’s crazy how many negative comments I get when I’m just out and about.
“People would say things like ‘That’s my worst nightmare’ or ‘I’d rather be dead than have so many children’ and ‘That’s a fate worth than death’.
“They would say this right to my face in front of my kids.
“To a sleep deprived new mum who has worked so hard to bring them into the world healthy, hearing those comments was the hardest thing to deal with.
“It’s gotten better now they’re older but sometimes people still go out of their way to pass judgement and say something horrible to me about my children.
“Now that they’re older it’s so much easier at home as well. The best thing is that they all entertain each other.
“My husband and I chuckle to ourselves when we hear them all playing and chatting in the next room.
“They’re the best of friends and just adore each other. I feel so blessed.”