Mum of twins proudly shows of her tummy after beating post-natal depression
Shina Pierce, 29, got fit to beat PND and
By Frances Sheen
February 14 2019
Shina Pierce, a mum-of-two , whose post-natal depression was so severe she struggled to leave the house is now competing in fitness competitions and proudly showing off her loose skin and stretch marks on stage.
The mum from Auckland, New Zealand, had twins Harper and Nicole in December 2016 but her PND became so bad, she rarely left the house and struggled to cope.
Shina had no energy and and no confidence in her ability to be a good mum to the twins
She remembers, "For the first couple or few weeks I’d break down and cry to a point where it was almost every day for a while for a couple of hours.
"I was so tired, I felt like the worst person in the world because I couldn’t deal with being a mother."
The mum-of-two also experienced a difficult labour which lasted four days and resulted in a second-degree tear.
As a result, it was painful for Shina to move around and leaving her house seemed impossible.
Shina says, "I had no energy as I was getting up every hour for the first month or two as well as that I had a second-degree tear and I found it hard to just move around or sit down.
"I spent the first month recovering from the tear and surgery."
Feeling exhausted, Shina also experienced shortness of breath getting down and up off the floor which made her long for her pre-pregnancy body.
“My midwife also suggested to go outside and take the girls for a walk just to get out but I was too tired and couldn’t comprehend how to leave the house for the first three months."
Eventually Shina found she could manage taking by her girls for a walk around her local area in their pushchair and doing 15-minute home workouts.
She added: "I felt incompetent and that probably explains why I didn’t really want to leave the house for the first three months but I managed in the end.”
The mum-of-two now goes to the gym five days a week as well as continuing to work out at home.
She's now taking part in bikini fitness competitions - proudly showing off her post-baby body.
She revealed, "I'm definitely proud of [my body] but there are definitely times that I wish that the saggy skin would disappear, I actually don’t care much about the stretch marks at all it’s mostly the loose skin."
"When all the other mums and fit models were back stage, I was a little self-conscious because most of the girls and mums’ tummies didn’t really look like they had babies at all.
"But I just had to remind myself that I did this for me, I had to remind myself the reason I wanted to go on stage was to prove to myself that I can get out of my comfort zone and that I can do anything I put my mind to."