A Norwegian blogger who went viral after sharing pictures of her enormous pregnant belly has revealed the post-partum effects having triplets has had on her body. Maria Nordø Jørstad, who lives in Denmark, first gained public attention when she posted photographs chronicling her pregnancy - this was particularly interesting because she was pregnant with triplets. The images showed how Maria's stomach ballooned to accommodate the three children, named Iben, Filip, and Agnes.
Maria said that she started her Instagram page, @triplets_of_copenhagen, to open a conversation about women's bodies and dispell the idea that it is a "taboo" topic. Maria's latest posts show how happy family life has been since giving birth, with the blogger sharing plenty of adorable pictures of the triplets with their older brother, Mikael. However, Maria isn't shy about displaying the more difficult parts of parenthood, including the effects being pregnant can have on a mother.
Recent pictures posted to Instagram show how Maria's body has changed since the triplets were born, a situation many women have found themselves in after giving birth. When asked by the DailyMail about why she felt the need to share her experience online, Maria said: "I think I had it in the back of my mind [to continue taking pictures after giving birth], I thought it would be interesting to show the other side of it as well, because there aren't many people who share that. [My stomach] is still showing, I was kind of surprised that it was still so big. I didn't know that it takes such a long time to shrink. I found it kind of interesting, this is the reality for many women and you never see pictures like that."
Since sharing her journey online, Maria has seen a huge influx of followers on Instagram, jumping from 4,000 followers to over 200,000 in just a week. The account currently sits at 250,000 followers. The mother-of-four has received a lot of praise from other moms online who resonate with her story and say they appreciate her honesty about the matter.
Comments under the photo, which show Maria's body four weeks after giving birth, thank her for bringing attention to a very common issue. One user wrote: "As always, your honesty & strength is such an inspiration ❤️ I’m 6 weeks postpartum from having twins and am struggling to adjust to my still very visible bump and having to still wear maternity clothes. I find so much comfort, truth and love in all of your posts - it really helps ?."
Another said: "Please don’t worry about that... I had just one baby at a time and it took me 2 years to have my belly back, in both pregnancies... take your time with your precious babies ❤️❤️❤️ ."
One of Maria's followers commented: "I am 24 weeks pregnant with triplets. And I just have to say, you are an inspiration, and you are beautiful. Honestly I find these raw, truthful, and open photos to show such amazing beauty.
Maria has said that, before starting her Instagram page, she had never met anyone with triplets, but she has now found a network of fellow mothers who have triplets. She says that she hopes her story "will inspire others to share their own and be honest about their bodies after giving birth".
When asked about other women sharing their own experiences, Maria said that she believes that the world is currently changing and that more and more women are beginning to feel safe sharing their real stories. She added: "I think that there has been a small revolution during the last few years - with the Me Too and Time's Up movements in the front line - where women have started speaking up about female issues that until now has been kind of taboo. Not spoken about. And social media has been the biggest platform to share these personal stories, like how you look and feel like after giving birth."
Maria intends on continuing to share her post-partum journey online, and says she is eager to get her body "back to normal". She told the DailyMail: "I compared it with my first pregnancy where I got back to shape really quickly. I just want my body back and to wear normal clothes again, I'm still having to wear pregnancy trousers and pants and it's so heavy to carry around." Despite the more troublesome aspects of giving birth, Maria seems to be very happy with her adorable babies.
We wish the best of luck to Maria and her beautiful family!