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Lose the Baby Weight Success Stories

What does it really take to lose those pregnancy pounds? Real moms fess up about how long it takes, what works and what doesn't, and their best advice to help you slim down too.
Annie Before & After Losing the Baby Weight Find a Fun Way to Exercise

Annie R., 28
Buckley, Washington
Before Pregnancy:
130 lbs. Gained: 37 lbs. Total Lost: 27 lbs.
Time: 5 months (with 10 lbs. to go)

How I did it: This was my third pregnancy, so I knew what I was in for, and it was easier for me to lose the weight than it was after my older children. This time, I started exercising more and eating better before I even got pregnant again and throughout pregnancy, so I felt prepared and confident to lose the weight after I gave birth to my son Trey. Taking classes at the gym probably had the biggest impact on my slimming down; I try to work out there about three times a week. I love my Turbo Kick class -- the music is great, and it's so much fun -- it's like being out with your friends and not at the gym. I also take a core strengthening class and do cardio on the elliptical once a week.

My biggest challenge: I was so afraid I wouldn't have time for the gym, but I found ways to make it work. My girlfriends and I took turns watching each others' babies, and my husband came home from work early twice a week. For me, it wasn't just about exercise -- I wasn't working and I needed this time to get out of the house and talk to other adults.

What kept me motivated: My friends/fellow moms at the gym -- if I skipped a day, they asked where I was. Plus, I found that exercise helped me sleep better and have more patience with my kids. It's better than a hot shower!

My best advice: You're in your own little world after baby arrives, and it's important to try to keep busy and get out there. Go to moms' groups, take a walk -- don't sit home all day, because that's when you'll start snacking.