One of the biggest concerns women have about their own health after the birth of their children is how are they ever going to get back in shape. Have no fear! There are lots of little tricks you can use to be sure you’re getting enough exercise and eating right to get you where you want to be.

Believe it or not, breastfeeding actually burns a ton of calories! You probably know that while breastfeeding, you need to be taking in an extra 500 calories a day, but this doesn’t mean you’ll gain weight from it. Breastfeeding actually burns 600 to 800 calories a day, so it is actually possible to lose weight by simply sitting comfortably with your baby.

Start Slow
Jumping back into the 30 to 45 minute workout or running sessions you were doing before becoming pregnant, it is best to start with ten minutes a day of moderate exercise. Starting slow and gradually adding five minutes a week until you are able to do 30 minutes each session, helps ensure you won’t burn out too fast or get discouraged and quit all together.

Exercise at Home
Incorporate physical activity into your day if you’re staying at home with your new bundle of joy. You can try using various exercise programs on DVD and do the workouts while your child is napping. Most of these workouts are thirty minutes or less and incorporate cardio, strength training, yoga, pilates and dance. You can also listen to music while doing your chores as its likely you, and your child too, will start dancing to the music.

Walking is a great, relatively low-impact workout that can really help burn off some of your mommy weight. If possible get out of the house once a day for a brisk stroll around the block, not only does it burn calories and get you some fresh air, it also gives you a chance for some peace and quiet and inner reflection. You can also making walking a family time activity by taking the family around the block a few times. If possible do your errands by walking and make grocery trips a few times a week instead of one big trip.

Get to the Gym
Lots of gym offer mommy and me classes that allow you and your baby to get a workout while meeting other moms in your area. You could also hire a personal trainer that is certified in prenantal and postnatal fitness. A few weeks with one of these trainers might be the push you need to get you back on track.

Limit Liquid Intake
While Vitamin C and other vitamins are essential for optimal health, we often drink to many high-calorie juices to get these vitamins. It’s important to keep in mind that all the vitamin C you need for one day can be obtained from just one small glass of orange juice. In general, juices contain way too many unnecessary calories.