No matter how much pregnancy weight you lose initially (many moms find the pounds melt off from breastfeeding and other post-delivery hormonal shifts that boost metabolism), eventually you hit that “why aren’t my clothes getting any looser” plateau. Want to get rid of those won’t-budge pounds? No more excuses! Here are 18 surprising strategies that helped these moms exercise and get slim again.

Bust a Move with Baby

Image result for fitness with babyMom: Deanna; Atlanta, Georgia
Lost: 30 pounds in 2 months

I’d use my son Carter during squats, sit-ups, and arm lifts. For the first few months, I’d add just a couple of sets a day as we were playing. Now that he’s almost a year old (and a lot heavier), it’s still a great way to get in an extra workout without hitting the gym.

 

 

Step It Up

Mom: Megan; Highland Mills, New York
Lost: 25 pounds in 4 months

For the first few weeks after my baby was born, I kept her diaper changing station downstairs, which was easier while my body recovered from labor. But once I was all healed, I moved it to the second floor. This forces me to go up and down stairs to the nursery every time I need to change my daughter’s diaper. Added calorie burn!

Find a Baby-Friendly Gym

Image result for gym with babyMom: Jen; Santa Barbara, California
Lost: 65 pounds in 7-8 months

I still had 45 pounds to go two weeks after my daughter arrived. Taking advantage of my gym’s babysitting center helped me lose the weight — while holding onto my sanity. Knowing I could stop my workout and check in on her at any time, I loved having a little me-time to exercise, sauna, and shower at a leisurely pace. This boosted my mood all the day and made my workouts feel like an indulgence, not a chore.

 

Ask for Help

Mom: Trish; Great Falls, Virginia
Lost: 35 pounds in 5 months

Nursing your baby really does help you drop the weight fast, but I needed more structure to deal with the last five pounds. Weight Watchers worked for me, because I got specific meal plans and help with proper portion sizes. But a little note of warning: Even after you’ve lost every one of the last five pounds, your clothes will fit differently. Don’t freak out!