Within the first couple of weeks after your baby's birth, you could lose more than 12 pounds. The bad news is that your previously flat stomach will probably look more like Santa's bowl full of jelly than the toned body you remember. Your abdominal muscles had to do some impressive stretching, and now it will take a while for them to tighten up again.
It can be scary when you think about the challenges of just taking care of the baby, much less what's involved in crunching your way back to your old tight stomach. Exercise will help you start to regain that paunchless silhouette. The natural contraction of your uterus back to its tiny, unobtrusive size will help diminish that "still-pregnant" look, too.
Those celebrity moms who manage to get themselves back into a roomy size four within weeks of having a baby are the exception, and they probably worked at it full-time and then some. If you aren't stressing over the next red carpet event in your future, take a realistic view of your post-pregnancy pooch.