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!
This is exactly what I faced after my third son was born. I found the MuTu System when I was looking for something to heal my abdominal separation.
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.
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 persistent 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, it looked like exactly what I needed.
I wondered if it’d really work 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 should have 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 the claims that nothing could be done and I was so depressed. I didn’t want to go the rest of my life with my stomach looking like a football.
When I used the MuTu system and saw the results I got using it, I wanted a way to share the program that had healed my diastasis with other moms going through the same thing.
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 other’s experiences, and more. I did the same for Wendy’s system before trying it.
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, develop 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 afterward. 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. Because of this, her videos 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 you energized, looking good, and healthy for the long term.
Update: As of January 2018, the MuTu System has been completely redesigned. I loved it before but now it is just amazing! When I saw the redesign, I started going through it again instead of doing my regular pelvic floor workout.
With the new updates, it’s easier than ever to track your progress and follow along with all the training videos. Each module has downloadable videos, worksheets, task-based modules, and more.
Also, instead of a private Facebook group to talk to other moms going through the program, you can connect with them right through the website. I can’t say enough good about it. I wish Wendy would offer it for free for a short trial period so that mothers looking into it could try out the first couple videos.
After doing just a few of the workouts, you’ll feel it working and know it’s a program that’ll give you the results you’re looking for.
Wendy & her team did an excellent job making a program that all mothers can use to get their stomach back in shape after a baby. Each video also includes pregnancy modifications so, if you’re pregnant while going through it, you and your baby are safe and comfortable.
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
- 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!
What Will You Get
Mutu System 12 Week Program: This 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.
This option also includes the MuTu Kit Bag which is usually an extra $47 dollars. The bag has all the workout equipment you’ll need to go through the program as well as some extras 🙂 When I went through the program, the kit wasn’t offered with it. I had to buy it separately. You definitely want everything in the kit because the workouts are way more effective with it.
Do you need any additional equipment to use this program?
- Resistance Band Loops
- Resistance Bands
- Small Inflatable Ball (9-inch)
- Kettle Balls
- Yoga Blocks
- Yoga Ball (55cm Dia)
- Yoga Mat (Optional)
It’s 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. Your mutu kit bag will be sent to you free of shipping charges. At the time of your purchase, you will be sent a login 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 anytime you wish.
You also have access to the private MuTu Mamas Community 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!
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 couple weeks of the program focus on helping you restore your core muscles and heal your pelvic floor.
Once you get to week further into it, the workouts become more intensive and you shouldn’t start these workouts 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.
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.
In her program, Wendy actually includes modifications for each exercise that you can use if you’re pregnant. This is to keep you and your baby safe and comfortable.
Also remember that by incorporating these exercises during your pregnancy, you’re minimizing your chances of developing Diastasis Recti. 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, fewer 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 effects 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.
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, you probably won’t get the results you’re looking for.
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.
If you have any additional questions about the MuTu system or have any comments please let me know using the comments box below! Thank you for reading!
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