John Basedow: Whether you are a first time mom or a season pro, after bringing baby home, you probably want to get back to your pre-pregnancy body. Before having the baby, it's important not to go crazy. Dont kick your diet to the carb. There is an acceptable amount of weight-gain that is natural, but remember, you are not carrying a 50 pound baby.
While sticking to your diet, get into a fitness routine if you are not already in one. The less work you do beforehand, the more work you will have to do afterwards to regain your figure.
Once baby arrives, be sure to start things gradually. The general rule of thumb is to head back to the gym six weeks after birth, but be sure, to consult your physician before starting a new routine. The most common complaint from new moms is the post-pregnancy pooch. To tighten up your core, try these simple exercises.
Single leg circles: lie flat on your back with your arms at your side. Bring one leg straight up in the air, toes pointed. Imagine you are tracing a circle on the ceiling, circle ten times clockwise, then ten times counter clockwise, switch legs and repeat.
Next, toe taps: stay on the floor and bring your legs up into a tabletop position. Tighten your abs and lower your right foot to the floor, keeping your knee bent and taping your toe to the ground in four counts. Tap five times with each way.
And finally the single leg plank: from a push-up position, keep your abs tight with one leg a few inches off the floor and point your toes, hold for five seconds and release. Repeat with the opposite leg to complete the set, do five to eight sets.
By following these simple tips, you'll be back to your before-baby body in no time.