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How to get in shape (quick) after baby

This guest post on how to get in shape quick after baby is by my friend and Tiny Oranges Sponsor, Erica Ziel of Knocked-Up Fitness.

Last month we posted on our Facebook page to see what moms wanted to know from Erica about pre or postnatal fitness (her expertise) and it  was no surprise many moms tips on how to get back into shape quickly after baby.

Here is her expert advice. Stay tuned for a follow up post next week with a few of her favorite exercises. You will also want to check out her at home After Baby 2 DVD Workout Set.

How to Get in Shape Quick After Baby

by Erica Ziel, Knocked-Up Fitness

I love the inspiration moms have for getting into shape quickly after baby but there are so many factors that can greatly affect how long it takes for you to accomplish this.

First, stop comparing yourself to the celebrities out there who are back “in shape” within the first 3 weeks!

If you had a personal chef to cook for you and a trainer who made you workout 2 hours a day then maybe just maybe you could do that quickly….BUT…time for a reality check.

As a new mom your body is going through so much! Did you notice that it took you 9 full months to take on your beautiful pregnant body? I hate to break it too you but it’s not coming off in 3 weeks.

Plus after each pregnancy it usually takes your body longer to recover. Your body needs to heal from delivery. Take this time to enjoy those first weeks with your baby and getting the hang of nursing if you are. Here are a couple things you can start doing right away…

After Giving Birth

KEGELS.  So important! Start doing them within the first 24 hours of delivery (even if you had a c-section.) Then, start walking, slowly.

Walking is a great time to bond with your baby, by baby wearing. Find a wrap or baby carrier to strap your baby to you and walk. I loved my Moby wraps for all 3 of mine, and you can place newborns in them, just be sure you have them positioned correctly.

From there, you really need to wait until your doctor has cleared you to do more. When that time comes follow my tips below to help speed up the process.

7 Tips for Getting in Shape Quick After Baby

1. Start where you left off working out in your 3rd trimester of pregnancy.

2. Avoid crunches in the beginning. Wait until you know your abdominal connection is back. This usually takes longer with each pregnancy. A bellyband can really help you re-connect with your abs after you’re back to working out. Use it to help you focus on your abs working and reconnecting rather then as a support.

3. Focus on full body exercises rather then smaller areas of your body. You just need to get moving and working your entire body. Plus you’ll burn more calories with full body exercises in a shorter amount of time.

4. Squeeze in shorter workouts during your day, this really is an effective way to boost up your metabolism. Every time you exert energy, even 10 minutes, you’ve revved up your metabolism.

5. Be sure you are eating healthy, especially when nursing, your baby really is eating what you are. Use that as extra motivation to clean up your eating even more.

6. Avoid sugar as much as possible, I’m not saying completely. Breast milk is really sweet so you do need carbohydrates to really support your breast milk production. Notice I said “carbohydrates” and not “sugar”. Do the best you can to consume the majority of your carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables, rather then breads and sugars.

7. Drink lots and lots of water. This in important for everyone. Most don’t drink enough, so to help with this try keeping a water bottle with you all the time. If you’re nursing be sure you drink at least 1-2 cups every time you sit down to feed your little one.

Thanks Erica!

I will do a post next week with a few of Erica’s favorite exercises.
Make sure to check out her newly released After Baby 2 DVD workout videos. They are amazing – and exercises range from beginner to intermediate so you can do them at your own pace.

[Disclosure: Knocked-Up Fitness is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor]

Knocked-Up Fitness Workshop

Are you pregnant?  Or know someone that is?

If yes, you have to know about this Knocked-Up Fitness Workshop for mamas-to-be hosted by Erica Ziel of Knocked-Up Fitness coming up on Sunday, October 7th, 2012 from 9am – 1pm at Body Design in Newport Beach.

The event will include straight up girl talk, an awesome swag bag filled with lots of goodies, food and fun! This event would be super valuable for any first time moms, but really, even if you are on your third, there is always something new you can learn about pregnancy and delivery!

To ensure an intimate atmosphere where moms feel comfortable talking about anything they want to know (no topic is off limits!) the workshop will be limited to a maximum of 10 women, so register ASAP HERE if interested!

Erica is a local OC mom of three and an expert personal trainer specializing in fitness-infused Pilates with vast experience in pre and post-natal fitness as well as nutrition.

The idea for the workshop actually came about from her prenatal clients.

At her prenatal Pilates sessions, Erica would find herself sharing information on many girlfriend-to-girlfriend pregnancy topics with candor.  These mamas-to-be begged her to think about hosting a workshop where women could feel comfortable sharing about pregnancy with the goal of walking out feeling more confident and ready to take on motherhood.

The cost is $295, but if you register by Sunday, 9/23 you can get a special price of $250 which includes a snack, lunch and a goodie bag filled with these items (and more):

~ Knocked-Up Fitness Prenatal DVD Combo Set
~ Knocked-Up Fitness Postnatal DVD Combo Set (Coming Soon)
~ Aiden and Anais Swaddle Blanket (MY FAVORITE!)
~ Aiden and Anais Mom & Bub Ointment
~ Coupon for Xpecting Maternity Boutique
~ Twistband hair ties
~…and more!

For more information visit And to learn more about Erica’s workout videos you can do at home, click here.

For those of you interested in training with Erica, her small group sessions include:

Functional Prenatal Reformer Pilates M/W/F at 10:30am
Intermediate/Advanced Functional Reformer Pilates M/W/F at 6am

Semi and private personal training also available by appointment. For more information email:

[Disclosure: Erica is a friend and sponsor of Tiny Oranges, it's my privilege to share about her personal training and workshops to help moms-to-be!]

Not Finding Out Baby Registry

I have to admit, I am in AWE of parents who wait to find out the sex of their babies. There is really something so exciting about not knowing whether it is a boy or girl throughout the pregnancy and getting that “It’s a …!” moment.

However, the one thing can be tricky when you don’t know the gender is shopping for a shower or baby gift. I mean, you can only have so many yellow and beige items, right?!  So when Susanne and I got the email introducing us to baby registry, we both emailed each other with “WHAT A GREAT IDEA!” at the same exact time!

The idea behind Not Finding Out (NFO) is fabulous as  it allows parents to create a registry, choose their items (which they stock in darling girly or boyish versions) and as soon as the baby is born, the appropriate gift is shipped.

I bet you are intrigued and want more info on exactly how it works now, right?

I did too so let me break it down for you:

1. Parents-to-be create a registry online and choose their items. By the way, I was completely impressed with their variety and the stylish patterns. I can imagine it would be hard to find a great selection that comes in a fabulous girl and boy version, and it is clear they have done their research as their shop is stocked with cute stuff.

2. In their NFO registry Welcome Packet, there will be a Shhhh!!!!!!! card included which will be given to their doctor or ultrasound tech.Once it is determined if it is a boy or girl, the medical professional will fill out the card in secret and mail back to NFO in the self-addressed stamped envelope. This allows NFO to start compiling all the items people have purchased in the correct gender to ship to the family as soon as baby is born.

3. But what about my shower gift?  What do I bring?  
I think this is really fun!

When someone purchases a gift off the registry, they will receive a Preview Card mailed to them to take to a baby shower that is wrapped like a present!

The cute card will show a preview of the item that was purchased and on one side will be a picture of the pink and on the other the picture of the blue.

But the actual item in the correct color will be shipped after baby is born!

4. Baby arrives! After baby is born, someone calls the NFO hotline to share the It’s a BOY! or It’s a GIRL! news.

Then all of the items that have been purchased are mailed in a big box in the correct gender to the happy (and likely tired) new parents.

Isn’t this a darling idea?? I think it would likely save the parents so much time in making returns and there are bound to be gifts one would prefer be not gender neutral. Innovative + practical = we love!!

Visit for more information.

Follow  on Facebook * Follow on Pinterest * Tweet with @NotFindingOut 

[Disclosure: Not Finding Out is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor. Hooray!]

Knocked-Up Fitness Prenatal DVD’s [Giveaway + Launch Party!]

For all my pregnant mamas, new mamas, someday might be pregnant mamas, or just want to get in shape mamas, I am thrilled to share with you two amazing prenatal fitness DVD’s recently released by Erica Ziel of Knocked-Up Fitness!

Prenatal Pilates-Infused Fitness

This DVD includes a new (highly effective!) method designed to keep expecting moms active and fit though all stages of pregnancy.

Erica shows moms-to-be how to strengthen and tone key muscle groups while preparing the body for labor, delivery and recovery.

The workout fuses pilates, cardio and conditioning exercises for safe and effective prenatal workouts.

You can even mix and match the 5 different workouts to form your own routine.

Prenatal Core Pilates Workouts

In this DVD, Erica shows moms-to-be how to strengthen deep core muscles safely.

Instead of crunches, she has designed a variety of exercises to specifically target deep core muscles and help support the weight of the baby as well as prepare the body for labor, delivery and recovery.

This workout is a unique mix of core cardio, pilates, yoga and other fitness exercises.

Can’t decide which one to get? Get them both! Buy them as a set, and in addition to a price break, you can will also receive a free exercise band with purchase.

I trained with Erica last year and she is fabulous. Not only is she extremely knowledgable, but her workouts are crazy good!!

Even cuter, Erica herself was pregnant with baby # 3 during the filming of her videos.  As they say, it takes one to know one, so you can be assured that Erica knows exactly how it feels to do her workouts “with child!”

Click here to buy on and visit her website for more info (and a video) at

Stop by Xpecting Maternity Boutique in Costa Mesa this Saturday, 1/28/12 from 10am – 12pm for a special DVD Launch Party and get 15% OFF at Xpecting (excluding strollers), meet Erica, enter fun raffles and more!

Click HERE to download the flyer on this event.

1 lucky winner will receive the combo set including both prenatal DVD’s and exercise band! To enter, please leave a separate comment for each entry option. Here are the entry options:

Simply comment! – 1 ENTRY

Facebook fans of Tiny Oranges and Knocked Up Fitness automatically get an entry, so let us know if you are – Up to 2 ENTRIES (please leave separate comment for each)

Followers of @TinyOrangesOC and @KnockedUpFit also get an entry each! Tell us if you are followers! - Up to 2 ENTRIES (please leave separate comment for each)

Subscribe to Tiny Oranges via email or RSS – 1 ENTRY

Giveaway runs through Thursday, 2/2/12 at 5pm PST. Please leave your email address in the comment field (won’t be published) so I can contact the winner when selected at random.

Good Luck!

Peace Flow Yoga for OC Moms

Just reading the word yoga makes me want to take a deep inhale and exhale.  Shall we take a few deep breaths together mamas?   Ahhhhh…

Feeling more centered now?  Then let me share with you new local yoga classes for OC moms in South Orange County taught by Kelly of Peace Flow Yoga.

In the past 7 years, Kelly has lived abroad and taught yoga in Malaysia, Bali, Thailand and most recently Kauai. A trained yoga instructor and also Certified Prenatal Yoga instructor, Kelly has a class for every mom at every level.

Here is a snapshot of the types of classes she offers:

Prenatal Yoga

Nurture yourself and the life you carry inside you.  Connect with other pregnant women who share this journey with you.  Strengthen the body for childbirth and release anxiety and fears.  For all stages of pregnancy.  No previous yoga experience necessary.

Tuesday 5:30 – 6:45 pm  - Beyond Yoga/Fitness Elite, Laguna Niguel (must pre-register/childcare available)

Friday 10:15 – 11:30 am  – Beyond Yoga/Fitness Elite, Laguna Niguel (must pre-register/childcare available)

Sunday 10:30 am – 11:45 am – (Level 1/Prenatal Appropriate) Yoga Bungalow, San Juan Capistrano

Affordable Private & Semi-Private Yoga

At a park, on the beach, a yoga studio, or the comfort & convenience of your own home.  Specializing in yoga for women at every stage in life (prenatal, postnatal & beyond).  Semi-private sessions are great for new moms or a group of friends. Contact Kelly to schedule a session.  Click here for pricing.

Vinyasa Flow/Power Yoga (Regular Yoga – Not Prenatal)

Tuesday 10:45-11:45 am (Power 1) Beyond Yoga/Fitness Elite, Laguna Niguel

Wednesday 9:00 – 10:15 am (Intermediate/Vinyasa Flow) Yoga Bungalow, San Juan Capistrano

808.634.2836 *