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What’s the best way to shape-up with a little one in tow? We asked Tesco Baby Club members to tell us how they stay happy and healthy with a new baby

Eat in moderation

“I decided after having my second baby boy to shape-up so I felt comfortable with myself again. I joined the gym and I have lost what I wanted to – hopefully I can just tone up now. I also cut my portion sizes, which was hard as I loved having another plate of food. I could never give up chocolate completely but do try hard to say no sometimes! I would never not allow myself anything as I believe everything in moderation is fine. Exercise and a healthy diet is great but we all need to let ourselves off to eat cake or chocolate now and then.”

Simone, mum to Kayllum, 4 and Kodie 18 months

Join a baby-friendly class

“It took me about five months to lose my baby weight. Breastfeeding definitely helped and also my daughter would only sleep if I walked her around the park in the pram or the sling. I also did postnatal aqua aerobics, aerobics and legs, bums and tums classes where we could take our babies with us. I carried on breastfeeding until my daughter was 12 months old and by the time I stopped I was 17lb lighter than I was when I got pregnant.”

Carys, mum to Eira, 19 months


“When it comes to losing weight I’m a firm believer in the magical power of breastfeeding. Not only do I not need to pack sterilisers or bottles into my already bulging baby bag, I have dropped to below my pre-pregnancy weight within three months, and feel fantastic. I’ve also started Zumba classes, and it’s super fun. The music and great vibe makes it feel more like a party with friends than a workout.”

Vicki, mum to Dylan, 9 months

Seize the opportunities

“I used to go to the gym regularly but now I just don’t have the time! Instead I have an hour’s commute to or from work every morning so I like to turn some of it into a walk or a run whenever possible. Or I’d make sure to get out and about during my lunchtime so I stay active throughout the day but don’t lose out on family time.”

Tim, dad to Charlie, 9 months

Take a long walk

“I found long walks pushing a buggy really helped. I decided to do small things like walk with the buggy if I could, rather than jump in the car, and I cut out the chocolate I had come to rely on for energy, and snacked on fresh or dried fruit. I had lost over a stone by the time my daughter was two and I could fit in my pre-pregnancy jeans!”

Sam, mum to Kerry, 2

Start early

“It didn’t take very long to lose weight. I put it down to exercising before I had my daughter. I did a lot of swimming and was in the pool the day before I gave birth! I also did aerobics classes until I was five and a half months pregnant. Being so fit before birth helped me get back in shape quickly. Also breastfeeding really helped.”

Julie, mum to Jamie, 21 months

Take it in turns

“It helps if you have someone else who can look after the baby and is into exercise, so you can share the load. My wife and I used the Couch to 5k app to improve our fitness, alternating the days we would train with looking after our daughter, and eventually we took turns to do a local park run too. You can always find one that’s near you and they’re relatively short (5k) so it doesn’t take up much of your day.”

Jon, dad to Harriet, 22 months

Get multitasking

“With a newborn baby and a toddler, I’ve had to up my multitasking game so when I’m burping my little girl, I’ll often add in a few gentle on-the-spot exercises like squats or lunges – she’s the perfect weight!”

Simon, dad to Vivian, 1 month and Sid, 2

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