Getting back into "regular" clothes is exciting yet challenging for most new mothers. But don't expect to be able to get into your favourite pair of jeans for at least several weeks. Keep in mind it took some 40 weeks to gain your pregnancy weight, so it will take time to lose it, too. And there you were thinking that the hard labour part was over!

After you deliver, ask your doctor when you can begin exercising again. For most women it's within six weeks, but if you've had a Caesarean, you'll probably need longer to recover.

If you have a newborn baby, you should plan to take it easy at first. Remember that just going for a walk will work your muscles, exercise your heart and lungs, and relax your mind. After your post natal check-up you can aim to build up to 50 to 60 minutes of continuous walking, four to five days a week.

If you weren't active during your pregnancy, start gradually. If you tapered off on your fitness routine as your pregnancy progressed, begin at the modified level and increase the intensity or time as you feel ready.

The really crucial problem is getting time to yourself. If possible have someone watch your baby for 30 minutes or an hour a few times a week to free you up to workout.

There are countless healthy indulgences out there for you to try – a walk in the fresh air, a bike ride, a run on the beach or a solitary swim. Choose a favourite activity that gets you out of your everyday routine and into another dimension.