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Kiki and the Quads: Mum with quadruplets reveals how she gets workouts done with five kids

A mother-of-five has revealed how she fits in workouts after she carried and gave birth to quadruplets naturally in 2020.

Natalie Maree, 31, from Roebourne in Western Australia, said the number one thing to remember when you want to work out but have a big family is that you need to ‘let go of expectations’.  

For instance, she used to think she had to get her ‘pre-baby body back’ as soon as possible after giving birth.

But in fact it took Natalie close to a year of hard work in the gym and careful eating to ‘heal’ her body.

 

A mother-of-five has revealed how she fits in workouts after she carried and gave birth to quadruplets naturally in 2020 (Natalie Maree pictured pregnant with the quadruplets)

Natalie Maree, from WA, said the number one thing to remember when you want to work out but have a big family is you need to 'let go of expectations' (pictured 11 months post-partum)

Natalie Maree, from WA, said the number one thing to remember when you want to work out but have a big family is you need to ‘let go of expectations’ (pictured 11 months post-partum)

She said with kids, nothing ever goes to plan - so you may have to have longer rest periods, but the important thing is that you're getting your workout done (pictured working out)

She said with kids, nothing ever goes to plan - so you may have to have longer rest periods, but the important thing is that you're getting your workout done (pictured working out)

She said with kids, nothing ever goes to plan – so you may have to have longer rest periods, but the important thing is that you’re getting your workout done (pictured working out)

‘I hate to break it to you, but you have kids, nothing ever goes to plan,’ Natalie posted on Instagram alongside a video of her working out.

‘Your rest periods may be a little longer. But that’s okay.

‘Work harder when it’s go time. Your workout may take double the amount of time it could’ve without them. But that’s okay too. The fact is you got it done.’

Natalie carried and gave birth to quadruplets naturally in 2020 (the quads pictured), before which point she had one kid but had struggled with fertility issues

Natalie carried and gave birth to quadruplets naturally in 2020 (the quads pictured), before which point she had one kid but had struggled with fertility issues

The second thing Natalie said she has learned about working out with her big family is that it’s hugely helpful when you make the workout ‘fun’.

‘Encourage your kids to join you. Use them as weights if they need to be held. It’s super cute when they start to mimic you, which they eventually will. Monkey see monkey do,’ she explained.

Finally, the mum-of-five said she has learned that you shouldn’t give up, even though sometimes it might feel as though you’re fighting an uphill battle.

‘Show your kids that moving your body is good for your mental and physical health and as they get older, explain why,’ Natalie said. 

‘Remember that taking a small percentage of your day to do something for yourself will make you feel better and as a result I can assure you will make you a happier person whichever hat you’re wearing (partner, mum or colleague).’

Previously, Natalie has opened up about her post-baby body and how she has to remind herself that 'how my body looks is not a representation of my personality' (the quads pictured)

Previously, Natalie has opened up about her post-baby body and how she has to remind herself that ‘how my body looks is not a representation of my personality’ (the quads pictured)

Previously, Natalie opened up about her post-baby body and how she has to remind herself that ‘how my body looks is not a representation of my personality’.

‘It is ridiculously hard to not compare yourself to others, not feel envious of others, not wish for something different than what you have,’ Natalie said previously.

‘I do or have done all of these things.’

But, Natalie said, you need to remember that your body is ‘just the vehicle that carries your personality around and you need to love your vehicle and not compare it to anyone else’s’.

‘You only get one body. Treat it well, love it deeply and thank it for getting you through each day,’ Natalie said.

Alongside eating healthily with five young kids, Natalie has tried to include as much exercise in her weekly regime as possible (pictured now)

Alongside eating healthily with five young kids, Natalie has tried to include as much exercise in her weekly regime as possible (pictured now)

Alongside eating healthily with five young kids, Natalie has tried to include as much exercise in her weekly regime as possible.

Typical workouts for the mum-of-five include squats and presses with a plate, planks, squats and burpees.

Natalie typically shares clips of her working out on her Instagram page.

She also shares photos of the healthy meals she whips up for herself, like her salad bowls – which include ingredients like spinach, tomatoes, quinoa, mango, pumpkin, carrot, gherkin, capsicum and avocado. 

Twins run in her family, but she was hugely shocked when she gave birth to the quadruplets (pictured)

Twins run in her family, but she was hugely shocked when she gave birth to the quadruplets (pictured)

Natalie was diagnosed with 'unexplained infertility', called 'anovulation', and required ovulation induction - or injecting hormones to stimulate regular ovulation - before she finally became pregnant with their daughter Kiki in 2018 (pictured pregnant with the quads)

Natalie was diagnosed with ‘unexplained infertility’, called ‘anovulation’, and required ovulation induction – or injecting hormones to stimulate regular ovulation – before she finally became pregnant with their daughter Kiki in 2018 (pictured pregnant with the quads)

What is anovulation? 

* Anovulation occurs when an egg does not release, or ovulate, from a woman’s ovaries.

* Chronic anovulation is a common cause of infertility. According to the National Institutes of Health, these conditions account for almost 30 percent of female infertility.

* Anovulation is typically, although not always, coupled with irregular or lack of menstruation. However, with anovulatory cycles, there may be bleeding, which a woman may mistake for a normal menstruation, although this would only rarely occur on a regular, monthly basis.

Source: Fertility Women and Infants 

Natalie and her husband Kahn had struggled for years with fertility issues before they had their quadruplets in 2020.

Natalie was diagnosed with ‘unexplained infertility’, called ‘anovulation’, and required ovulation induction – or injecting hormones to stimulate regular ovulation – before she finally became pregnant with their daughter Kiki in 2018.

‘Twins run in my family and I’d been told that there was a small chance of a multiple pregnancy with this treatment, but I could never have anticipated what would happen next,’ Natalie said previously.

‘When we went for our first pregnancy scan, I saw two sacs appear on the screen and I started crying because I thought we were having twins. Kahn started crying too.’

Natalie and Kahn’s quadruplets, Maioha Kahn (2.3kg), Frankee Gene (1.92kg), Marley Rose (2.2kg) and Maddison Grace (2.1kg) were born on July 21 within the space of minutes.

Natalie continues to share updates from her family of seven on Instagram. For more information, please click here.



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