Many first time moms get discouraged when they realize that they won't just walk out of the hospital and be back to normal. The truth is that losing that baby weight will happen, but it will be just like any other weight loss; it will take time.

Don't freak out. The truth is that your body has gone through an enormous stress for the last 9 months. That's not even counting the new stress with being a mom for the first time. One of the most important things to keep in mind is to not add stress to your life by having unrealistic expectations.

Don't make a very common mistake: don't think that the way to lose weight is by being overly restrictive in what you eat. You cannot starve yourself and expect to lose weight. That will only slow your metabolism down and it will actually be harder to lose those extra baby pounds.

Eating right is even more important if you are nursing. Again, your body has gone trough a lot and if you are breast feeding it is still going through a lot. Don't put more stress on it by not giving it the fuel it needs.

Eating properly is really just step one, step two is starting to get some exercise. Make sure it's ok with your doctor before you start. I know that time is tight and you are already exhausted but adding something as simple as a walk to the park with your baby can do a lot.

As your baby gets a little older, and hopefully, is sleeping through the night so you aren't so exhausted you might want to consider doing some aerobic workouts. You don't have to join a gym either. Just get a workout DVD and workout while your baby is napping.

The biggest thing I want you to take away from this article is that having some extra weight on for several months after your baby is born is common and not something to panic over. Let's face it, as a new mom you've got your hands full. Just start with small, easily achievable, steps and you can build up as your regain your energy.

Try to relax and enjoy this wonderful new stage in your life. Weight loss after pregnancy is something that will take time, just like weight loss at any other time. Give yourself a break and just start slow and you will get where you want to be.