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Lose the Baby Weight for Good: 18 Real Moms Tell You How

No matter how much pregnancy weight you lose initially (many moms find the pounds melt off from breastfeeding and other post-delivery hormonal shifts that boost metabolism), eventually you hit that "why aren't my clothes getting any looser" plateau. Want to get rid of those won't-budge pounds? No more excuses! Here are 18 surprising strategies that helped these moms exercise and get slim again.
Woman playing with baby Bust a Move with Baby

Mom: Elizabeth; Skokie, Illinois
Lost: 30 pounds in 5-6 months


I was stuck inside all winter with my newborn, so I started a dance party tradition. I played my favorite cheesy '80s songs and bopped around the living room with my son. Or I'd put him in his bouncy seat and let him laugh at my ridiculous moves. Not only did I get some exercise, but this really boosted my mood during those long, cold (and sometimes pretty dull) days.

Mom: Deanna; Atlanta, Georgia
Lost: 30 pounds in 2 months


I'd use my son Carter during squats, sit-ups, and arm lifts. For the first few months, I'd add just a couple of sets a day as we were playing. Now that he's almost a year old (and a lot heavier), it's still a great way to get in an extra workout without hitting the gym.