How can I get back in shape after pregnancy? Postpartum Recovery

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After pregnancy and delivery, you may be eager to get back to your former fitness level. Learn what solutions other moms found helpful to get back into shape post-baby.

Be Patient

"It is important to be patient with weight loss and getting back into shape. Begin with walks around your neighborhood or on the treadmill. When you receive medical clearance, you can resume your normal workout. Focus on your core to strengthen relaxed abdominal muscles, cardio for weight loss, and weight lifting to build back muscle." -- Kameelah Phillips, MD, OB/GYN, AdvantageCare Physicians, New York, NY

Don't Use Body Shapers

"While body shapers give the illusion of a tighter abdomen and smaller frame, they also compress the organs. It's like squeezing a sponge to its smallest position and holding it there -- once you let go it expands. Wraps that are worn to flatten the abdomen are mere band-aids -- hard work in the gym and a healthy diet is what will take inches off your waistline." -- Brooke Taylor, certified fitness instructor who specializes in postpartum treatment and owner of Taylored Fitness NY LTD, New...

"While body shapers give the illusion of a tighter abdomen and smaller frame, they also compress the organs. It's like squeezing a sponge to its smallest position and holding it there -- once you let go it expands. Wraps that are worn to flatten the abdomen are mere band-aids -- hard work in the gym and a healthy diet is what will take inches off your waistline." -- Brooke Taylor, certified fitness instructor who specializes in postpartum treatment and owner of Taylored Fitness NY LTD, New York, NY

Watch Calories and Portion Sizes

"I found a calorie calculator online that told me how many I need to eat per day to lose one pound a week. I lost seven pounds in a month, even when I cheated a little on some days!"

Breastfeeding May Help

"Breastfeeding burned so many calories and helped me lose the excess weight."

Make Healthy Choices

"It took time to grow over those nine months, and it will likely take time to get back to normal. Just be healthy and remind yourself why your body had to change in the first place -- for that adorable baby you get to see every day."

The advice on CafeMom aims to educate, inform, and provide a range of solutions to the issues moms care about. It is not a substitute for consultation with a medical professional or treatment for a specific condition. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem without consulting a qualified professional. Please contact your health-care provider with questions and concerns.