Nine months up, nine months down. That may be the adage we follow to remind ourselves why we are still wearing our maternity pants several months after a baby's birth, but there are plenty of methods for losing those pounds faster. Sixty-five percent of lilsugar readers said they lost the weight by baby's first birthday. Some studies show that women who aren't well on the road to dropping pounds within six months of childbirth will have a tougher time the further out they are. Most doctors will clear a woman for exercise in the month or two after their delivery. Take a look at some of the methods that are most effective for mamas.