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Shifting the baby weight can be difficult for anyone, but one mum managed to shed over seven stone (45kg) just a year after the arrival of her twins.
Melissa Bibeau, from California, struggled with her weight throughout her teenage years and saw it seriously affect her mental health.
When she hit her twenties, she ended up developing a binge-eating disorder and her weight went up to 16st 7lbs (106kg).
She said: "I struggled with my weight most of my adult life, but in my mid-twenties I began to suffer from severe depression. I felt out of control in most aspects of my life, including my weight. I started having panic attacks and feeling hopeless that things would never improve.
"I sought help from a psychologist to cope with these emotions and move forward in a positive way. I learned that I had a binge-eating disorder as I'd go through periods of trying to gain control by restricting food, followed by a binge where I'd lose control and eat everything in sight to the point of feeling sick."
The weight gain made her fear that she would never be able start a family with her husband, Scott.
In 2014, she decided it was time for a change and she started on a weight-loss plan which included watching what she ate and exercise. By December of that year Melissa and Scott got the huge shock they were expecting - twins.
After suffering severe morning sickness throughout the pregnancy, she wasn't able to keep up the plan.
She said: "I was 10 weeks pregnant when we learned we'd be having twins. Both my husband and I were shocked and elated but I was nervous to carry twins, given my weight at the time.
"My belly grew rapidly, and it exploded with stretch marks seemingly overnight in my third trimester. I was nervous about how my body would look after delivery, but I tried to set those emotions aside as I knew every day, they grew in my body was beneficial to them.
"At 38 weeks my twins were delivered via c-section. At birth Jaxon weighed 6lb 1oz and Caden 7lb 7oz, both beautiful and healthy."
Melissa did gain weight during her pregnancy, however she managed to shed it within a year of having her twins.
The sudden weight drop meant Melissa was left with excess skin, but she stuck to her diet regime and exercise and eventually has a 'mummy makeover'.
She said: "The twin pregnancy coupled with massive weight loss in such a short period of time left me with a lot of excess skin all over my body, especially my tummy and breasts.
"After I maintained my weight loss for a year, I had a 'mummy makeover' consisting of a tummy tuck, breast lift and breast augmentation. I was finally free of all that loose saggy skin that was weighing me down emotionally."
Now, Melissa is a healthy 10st and keeping up her active lifestyle with her husband and twins.
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