I had my last baby nine years ago. She was my second birth child and the fifth child in our blended family. By the time I was three months pregnant, people asked if I was having twins; by eight months, most were convinced the doctors had missed triplets. When this little 6 pound, delicate little angel appeared, I was pretty surprised at how very little she was compared to how big it seemed she’d be.

I never got the chance to really focus on recovering my body; with five kids and full-time college, a son who headed off to the Army, a mother dying of cancer, and a cross-country move to be nearer to her, my health was completely off the radar.

So I’m a little late to the Mommy Makeover effort but that hasn’t stopped me from truly benefitting from Colleen Riddle’s incredible advice and encouragement. Riddle, the creator of New Mommy Makeover and an AFPA Certified Pre/Post Natal Exercise Specialist developed a series of three DVDs to help new moms (and moms finally focusing on themselves) a way to firm, tone, and regain shape.

What I love about the exercises is that in addition to being effective, they are never boring. In addition to having a variety of exercising that focus on tightening and firming combined with cardio to get your blood pumping, Riddle takes the time during the video to explain how the exercises benefit your body.

Recognizing that every mom has those days when it’s difficult to find even a moment to focus on herself, Riddle offers a 4-minute exercise routine (accessed as a PDF on the DVD), offering a quick and guilt free solution to those days where nothing else will fit.

There are three phases to the program, each designed to get you a little closer to your pre-pregnancy body. Unlike any other DVD exercise program I’ve seen , Riddle goes one step further: she offers a nutrition plan to complement the exercise program in the form of a 44-page book entitled The New Mommy Makeover Nutritional Guide, written by Mary D. Brown, MS, RD, LDN.

This comprehensive health and fitness package is ideal for new moms who want to regain their pre-pregnancy look, but it is useful for anyone looking for interesting and motivating exercise routines to get moving and get fit.

As always, consult your physician before beginning any exercise or nutrition program.

I was provided a copy of the DVDs and book in order to offer my honest review.

FTC Disclosure.