We all want to get in shape after we have our baby, we all want to feel good about our bodies; but why is it so hard? Why won’t that weight come off no matter how much we diet and exercise? Why does our stomach still look like our baby was born yesterday when it’s been months!
For all of you mothers who are looking for answers to these questions and many more, I’ve written a comprehensive review that shows how the MuTu System was my answer.
What is the MuTu System? It’s a 12-week postpartum program created by Wendy Powell to help rebuild a mother’s body after her baby is born. It includes good lifestyle habits to keep your body strong and healthy once you’re through the program.
Like so many mothers before me, I suffered from a myriad of problems from diastasis recti to symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) during and after my third pregnancy. I know how hard it is to get back into shape after having a baby and how hard it is to find a proper nutrition plan that will help you to lose your weight and that wonderful mummy tummy (mutu).
I looked for a solution for each of the problems I’d faced and, when I came across Wendy’s MuTu System I couldn’t believe I found a single program that claimed to address each of the issues I’d had during and after my last pregnancy.
Of course I was skeptical. because I’d read so many claims that you can’t do anything about diastasis recti unless you have surgery.
I couldn’t afford the $10,000 surgery and, even if I could, I’d read many reports of women who had the surgery done and later found their stomach going back to the way it had been before. This means the underlying root of the problem was still there.
Hesitantly, after a lot of research, I took the plunge to try the MuTu system and I ended up being very happy with the results I got. I was able to close my own four finger width gap to one that is just under a finger width now!
I wish so badly I’d taken pictures so I could post my results here, but all of that happened before I started my blog. In fact, it’s the reason I started it.
I saw those claims that nothing could be done and I was so depressed. I pushed on and kept looking because I had to find a solution! There had to be something I could do.
When I came across the MuTu system and I saw the results I got using it, I decided I was going to do all I could to help other moms know there is an answer. You don’t have to just accept it. It’s painful, it’s miserable, and it leaves you feeling helpless.
My goal is to help other women who are trying to get into shape, heal diastasis, or treat symphysis pubis dysfunction, do so in the quickest, healthiest manner possible. I don’t want you to make the same mistakes I did or to go through the same pain that I did. As you read about Wendy’s system, if you have any further questions, you can ask me by leaving a comment below. I do answer all of them!
I know this overview of the MuTu System is long but I wanted to include everything the MuTu System has to offer so that you know exactly what you’re getting. I’m a big details person and before I invest money in anything I spend a lot of time researching it, reading others experiences, and more. I did the same for Wendy’s system before trying it.
At the bottom, I’ve also included some tips to help you be successful with the MuTu System.
Who is Wendy
Wendy is a mother of two, pre/postpartum fitness specialist who has been working with mothers all over the world to help them after they’ve had a baby for almost fifteen years. She helps them learn the proper way to rebuild their bodies, good nutrition habits, and so much more.
What is the Mutu System?
The Mutu System is a 12 week program that teaches mothers how to not only lose their baby weight, but also how to keep it off afterwards. It teaches you how to strengthen your pelvic floor, alleviate back pain, which will improve your posture, and how to flatten your mutu (mummy tummy).
Wendy realizes that as mothers, we have very busy schedules and don’t have time to spend an hour every day exercising to get back into shape. We need to be able to focus on our new son or daughter and so her programs aren’t more than thirty minutes at a time. They also can be done incrementally throughout the day.
Along with the workout program, she also includes a food guide filled with instructions explaining how to prepare family friendly food that will keep us mothers energized, looking good, and healthy for the long term.
Who is the Mutu System For?
- Pregnant Women
- Pregnant Women Suffering from Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)
- Women who’ve recently had a baby vaginally or via C-Section
- Women who are looking to build their core and pelvic muscles
- Women who’ve had or are considering abdominal surgery
- Women who’ve had a hernia/prolapse (if approved by your doctor)
- Mothers whose kids are any age. It’s never too late to change your body and get it into the shape you’ve always wanted!
You have two options when purchasing
Mutu System 12 Week Program – $97: This package includes everything MuTu has to offer. It contains workouts focused on burning fat, restoring your entire core, and strengthening your pelvic floor. It also includes the MuTu Food guide with instructions/guidelines to help you make healthy choices in your diet.
You’ll have access to MuTu Science which is a guide to everything your body goes through postpartum. It explains what causes diastasis recti, its effects and so much more! Lastly you’ll have access to the MuTu community of mothers just like you who are using the Mutu System or have used it to get their bodies back into shape.
Mutu Focus – $67: This package is a smaller option that is for women who, for medical reasons or their own personal reasons, want to avoid intensive exercises. It’s what I would use for Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction. It includes only first two weeks worth of workouts from the 12 week program. Everything you get in this program is included in the 12 week program.
Do you need any additional equipment to use this program?
- Resistance Band Loops – $11.95 on Amazon
- Resistance Bands – $32.03 on Amazon
- Small Inflatable Ball (9-inch) – $9.29 on Amazon
- Dumbbells (Prices Vary)
- Kettle Balls (Prices Vary)
- Yoga Blocks – $9.99 on Amazon
- Yoga Ball (55cm Dia) – $19.95 on Amazon
- Yoga Mat (Optional) – $19.95 on Amazon
OR You Can Get the 1st three items listed above in the MuTu Kit Bag for $37.
Keep in mind, the MuTu Kit Bag only has one loop and one band in it. If you like having more than one to increase the resistance, you’d probably want to go for a set like I’ve listed above.
It’s also not required that you have any of these items to use her program. You can substitute whatever you want. Use whatever you have on hand if you don’t want to purchase the equipment. I used Resistance Bands, Dumbbells, and a Yoga Ball myself because I already had them. The rest of the equipment listed, I found substitutes for.
How does the Program Work?
When you purchase the Mutu System through the website you’re buying access to the online program; nothing is shipped to you. At the time of your purchase, you will be sent a log in and password that will give you access to Wendy’s entire program through her mutu mamas website.
However, though it is an online program, it is not a recurring subscription fee. You pay for it once and, if you paid for the entire 12 week program, you have access to all of it for the rest of your life. Your program will be available on the MuTu membership site and you can watch, read, or download a PDF of it any time you wish.
You also have access to the private MuTu Mamas Community on Facebook where other mothers with the same goals and ambitions as you, or mothers who went through the things you’re going through right now can help you through your recovery process. Lastly, you have access to Wendy and her team who regularly check in to answer questions that anyone might have!
The program starts with MuTu Science and Wendy’s explanation of what your body goes through during pregnancy, what diastasis recti is, and why it’s important to use the right types of exercises.
The 12-week workout program is offered on DVD through the Mutu Store for $127.
However, keep in mind that with this option you’re paying more and getting less. You don’t have access to MuTu Science, MuTu Food, or the MuTu Community. You won’t have access to the program online unless you purchase the program through Wendy’s Website here.
What is Included in the Mutu App?
The MuTu App is available on Amazon and through Apple’s App Store. This is not a replacement for the 12-Week Program. The app is for people who have already gone through the 12-Week Program and rebuilt their core.
It’s also for those who may not have gone through the program but already have a strong core and are looking for a high-intensity workout.
The program included in the app won’t help to heal diastasis recti and it won’t strengthen a weak pelvic floor. That is why you go through the MuTu System first.
How Soon After Your Baby is Born Can You Start the Program?
If you had a normal, low risk pregnancy, and gave birth naturally, you can start the first part of the program within a week of having your baby as long as you feel like your body is up for it. The first two weeks of the program focus on helping you restore your core muscles and heal your pelvic floor.
Once you get to week three, the workouts become more intensive and you shouldn’t start these ones until your baby is at least six weeks old if you had a vaginal birth. If you gave birth via c-section or had any complications during your baby’s birth, you should wait at least 10 weeks before starting the intensive workouts that begin in week three.
If you do start the MuTu System immediately after your baby’s birth, you should continue doing the workouts for the first and second week until you’ve had at least the minimum times given above to heal.
Before beginning any exercise routine you should make sure you’ve given yourself adequate time to heal and that you feel like you really are ready to start exercising. If you’re unsure about whether or not you’re ready, consult with your doctor before beginning any program.
Do You Need to Wait Until Your Baby is Born to Start the Program? Can You Use it While You’re Pregnant?
Yes, you can use it while you’re pregnant as long as you feel like you’re up for it. In fact, Wendy recommends that as long as you’ve had a healthy, low risk pregnancy, and exercise has been approved by your doctor, then you should use the MuTu System while you’re pregnant.
However, during your pregnancy, you should only use the the initial part of the program that doesn’t include the intensive workouts. The intensive workouts should not be done during your pregnancy unless your doctor has approved a more intensive exercise plan for you.
Also remember that by incorporating these exercises during your pregnancy, you’re minimizing your chances of developing Diastas Recti and you’re taking the first step towards getting your body in the shape you want it to be! Once your baby is born you’ll be in a much better state to rebuild your body if you were working at it throughout your pregnancy.
What is the MuTu Food Program? Is it a Restrictive Diet?
The Mutu Food Program is not a diet; it’s not a restrictive eating plan. It is a set of nutritional guidelines that encourage you to buy, prepare, and eat natural, unprocessed foods. The foods these guidelines advocate are organic produce and foods that contain essential fats while cutting out processed foods, sugars, all other packaged items.
Wendy sums it up in a nutshell saying you should eat more organic fruits and vegetables, more good protein, less grains, and NO processed foods.
She recognizes for most mothers this might be a drastic change from what they’re used to so, she encourages you to take small steps as you go throughout the program and substitute one bad food a week for her recommended alternatives.
Her food guide includes:
- Healthy Drinks
- Healthy Snacks
- Easy, Healthy Meals
- Healing Foods
- Discussion about the affects Carbs and Sugar have on your body
- Good/Bad Fats
- Healthy Food for Your Family
What if You’re not Happy with the Results You Get?
If you go through Wendy’s 12 week program and are not satisfied with your results you can email her and let her know what disappointed you and why you’re not happy with your results and she will refund your money. Her goal, like mine, is to help each and every mother build a body that makes them feel healthy, happy, confident, and satisfied!
Tips to Help You be Successful With the MuTu System
I was able to heal my diastasis after going through the MuTu System. I know it works but I’ve also seen many reviews from other moms stating the MuTu System didn’t do anything to help heal their own diastasis. I didn’t understand how it could make such a difference for me and do nothing for others.
As I performed each exercise, I could feel it working my inner abdominals and I knew it was doing what it was supposed to. After reading through several reviews I started to see common patterns. Many of the moms mentioned that they didn’t realize they were supposed to be engaging their pelvic muscles and inner muscles every time they performed an exercise.
That muscle engagement and contracting the right muscles is the key to the program. Without them, I’d be surprised if you were able to heal your diastasis.
It does take some getting used to, and some time to identify the right muscles to use. I’ve tried several exercises from the MuTu System with and without contracting the proper muscles and the difference is like night and day.
Without it, I don’t feel like I’m doing anything to strengthen the right muscles. I’m simply going through the motions.
To help you identify the right muscles, I’d recommend you start out with some kegels. These will get you used to contracting your pelvic muscles and, as you perform Wendy’s exercises, make sure to utilize the some muscles!
If you have any additional questions about this system or have any comments please let me know using the comments box below! Thank you for reading!
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