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Shape-up tips for mums

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What's the best way to shape-up after birth? We asked Tesco Loves Baby Club members to tell us how they lost their baby weight after giving birth.

Eat in moderation

"I decided after having my second baby boy to shape-up so I felt comfortable with myself again. My eldest boy is 4 and my youngest is now 18 months old. I joined the gym and I have lost enough to be happy again. 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 the 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

Breastfeed

"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 its 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

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