17. Juli 2013 - 14:05
With babies well on the way (ah-hem, Kate Middleton, Jessica Simpson, Busy Phillips and Kim Kardashian!), we're joyfully welcoming little ones into the world and sending warm and fuzzy vibes to all of the amazing new moms out there, too!
This period of time is certainly an exciting and challenging one, filled with sleepless nights, endless adjustments and learning curves along the way; but we're betting those lucky new moms wouldn't change it for anything in the world.
And amidst the chaotic diaper changes, bath times, breastfeeding woes and more, the thought of getting back into pre-baby shape seems like a daunting idea that's far from happening!
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Need some inspiration? We're here to help.
First of all, we have to hand it to several svelte celeb moms like Malin Ackerman and Jenna Dewan-Tatum, who made bouncing back after baby look absolutely effortless!
We went straight to the pros to get their expert tips and tricks that any woman can incorporate into their lifestyle just as soon as they're ready.
"The key is to do what you can in the time that you can, and do it more intense to make of for the lack of time!" says celebrity trainer Andrea Orbeck, who is responsible for whipping model-types like Heidi Klum, Kimora Lee Simmons and Adriana Lima back into shape quickly.
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Orbeck, who has also created a Pregnancy Sculpt DVD in addition to her Supermodel Secrets DVD and Hipster resistance band, recommends starting with cardio and including your little one into your workout.
Simply pushing the stroller or strapping the baby on to your chest while you hit the sidewalk is a great way to fire up your metabolism and bond with baby in no time.
"As babies need so much sleep, it's a great time to get moving during nap time and make the most of your precious time to yourself," she advises.
Other workout ideas for new moms include 25 reps of sumo squats, alternative reverse lunges, reverse bridges, ab work and more—all of which can be done in the comfort of your living room.
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Now that's what we like to hear!
As for diet, Orbeck sticks to a foods that are clean, lean, green and filled with protein.
She has her clients stock up on non-processed, non-refined items that are as organic as possible like lean cuts of protein, including chicken, fish, eggs and beans; plus plenty of fruits and vegetables for nutrient-rich meals.
After all, your little one is counting on you!
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Another workout idea to implement into your post-pregnancy lifestyle? Yoga.
Yogi to the stars Kirschen Hagenlocher, who works with Reese Witherspoon, Isla Fisher, Julia Roberts and Eva Mendes, insists that anyone over 30 should be incorporating yoga or stretching into your daily routine.
"I like to build strength in women after pregnancy. Yoga is great for toning, mental health, relaxation and more during stressful times."
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So which yoga poses does she prefer for new moms?
Froggie pose, dancer pose and—you guessed it!—happy baby!
Do you have any post-baby body fitness or diet tips? Tell us in the comments below!
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