Post-Pregnancy Weight Loss

If you have other kids, think about how important it is to set a good example for them in your eating and exercise habits. That can sometimes help you stick with your plan. --Tani Spielberg

Take baby steps

I have a two-year-old, and when she was born I would exercise whenever I could -- just little sessions of crunches, pushups or a jog around the block when the baby is sleeping and playing. Take small steps and they will add up. --iVillager

Get your heart pumping

Try cardio. The cardio machine burns twice as many calories as running. Start out with 5 minutes and work your way up to 30 minutes a day for 3 days a week. Add to that some walking and some other kind of cardiovascular exercise. Don't worry about lifting weights yet. You will build enough muscle while walking and so forth. Get the weight off first, then add the weights to build muscle. One thing at a time! --april

Be patient

Don't be too hard on yourself. It took nine months to put on; give yourself some time. --othermother

Be patient. I thought I could take the weight off overnight. I was wrong. If you stick with exercise and a healthy diet, in time you will see results. Keep your chin up. You can do it. And a good support system helps. --Teri

Don't rush it. Just take it one day at a time. --iVillager

Workout videos

I am unable to go to the gym so I work out at home. There are many good workout videos on the market now that are very effective and fun. I love the Firm series. I also recommend anything Kathy Smith has done. Buy some dumbbells and use them! Nothing will crank up your metabolism like weightlifting, and it really sculpts the body. --iVillager

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