Getting fit and staying shape can be a very difficult task. Everyone is different, making it easier to some people to lose weight and very hard for others to do so. Getting fit after pregnancy can be a serious task and can take months to accomplish your personal goals. It is necessary to gain weight during your pregnancy, but don't over do it. Don't take advantage of that whole "eating for two" thing, especially since that second person is pretty tiny and doesn't need all that much to thrive. A realistic 25 lbs is plenty to gain during pregnancy. However, once the baby comes, you have to get rid of all that extra weight somehow! You almost don't feel like yourself and you just can't wait for the extra weight to get off of you. Here are some of the things that I did to help me get back in shape after I had my first baby.

First of all, if you are physically able, breastfeed your baby. Not only is it the best thing for your baby and less expensive than formula and bottles, but it helps you to lose weight very quickly and you don't have to do much at all (at least no physical exercise). I had a c-section so it was very difficult to move around at first, but if you just suck it up and make yourself get up and walk around, you will be more active much quicker than if you just keep resting and resting and not moving around. Definitely take a few days to rest up and get your energy back, but after that, try to get up and get around because it helps so much in the long run. *If you need help with breastfeeding, as a nurse, they have consultants there to help you every step of the way. It's not that bad once you and baby both get the hang of it.

Breastfeeding helped me drastically to lose weight; I just can't stress that enough. Secondly, after a couple of weeks, try to get some type of physcial activity back into your lifestyle. Even if its just a simple 20-30 minute walk, take that walk with your baby in his front-pack baby carrier on you. That simple walk trippled throughout the week will get you on your way to toned muscles and less pounds.

Set realistic goals for yourself. I mean actually set goals. You won't get the motivation to continue without goals. Write them down and keep them handy as a referral. Adjusting your lifestyle around your baby is difficult enough and I know trying to add an exercise routine in there is almost chaotic because when you think about it, it almost feels impossible. That's where setting realistic goals comes into play. Only schedule something for about 20-30 minutes. If you stick to that 20-30 minute routine of walking, using your home elliptical or treadmill or just following a dvd while baby naps, just get used to doing something. Every little bit helps and that simple routine of yours will soon be showing results if you stick to it. If the weather permits, take your baby out for a walk and let them see the world around them. This gives you both a chance to do something you enjoy.

If it's warm outside, I'll take a walk with my baby in his carrier. If weather is not permitting, I stay inside and do warm up exercises in my living room with 5 lb weights and sit ups. I then use my elliptical for 20-30 minutes and be done with it. By the time I get my routine done and a quick shower, its usually time for my baby to wake up. Setting realistic goals like that is something that will absolutely pay off in the long run. I stuck with that routine accompanied by breastfeeding and I lost all of my baby weight 2 months post-pregnancy. Also, use some skin-firming lotion everyday after you get out of the shower and you'll notice a difference in your skins tightness. I recommend skin-firming tummy butter by Palmer's for post-pregnancy bodies or fast weight loss. That works the best!! Think positive and stay motivated and you will achieve your goals. Good luck!