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Kelly Ripa: How She Balances Motherhood, Her Career — And Maintaining That Killer Body

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Kelly Ripa talks balancing her career with her duties as mom of three, and divulges how she still has time to stay in killer shape.

It should come as no surprise that Kelly Ripa is a supermom, and now the host of Live! with Kelly and Michael is stepping up to recognize other champion mothers across the country.

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The mom of three is partnering with Children’s MOTRIN for the “Unstoppable Moms” Campaign, which encourages moms to share parenting tips on the MOTRIN Facebook page. Each tip shared results in a dollar donation to Safe Kids Worldwide, a global nonprofit that provides moms with tips to help keep their children safe. 

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“We didn’t know what we’d expect, we didn’t know what we’d find, these stories of women who really were going above and beyond the call of duty in their families and in their communities and we were so inspired by these women,” Ripa exclusively told Us Weekly about the campaign. 

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos

Ripa, 44, said they found that what some of the mothers could accomplish every day was so impressive, and “glean[ing]” advice from them has been helpful even to her own parenting with to Joaquin, 11, Lola, 13, and Michael, 17, whom she shares with husband of 18 years Mark Consuelos.

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“There’s nothing about [motherhood] that’s a 9-5 job, it’s a full-time job,” she told Us. “I utilize the time that my kids are in school and at after-school practices to get stuff done, that I need to get done, so that I can spend time with them when I don’t have to… I don’t want to have to worry about the laundry when they’re home. I try to get stuff done that needs to be done before they get home from school.”

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 Ripa admitted that her job affords her some luxuries in regard to parenting that other mothers may not have, and said she had the “best job for being a mom.”

“My kids get me up way before my day actually would start for work, I have to say. Around 6 a.m. That’s civilized; that’s not an unheard-of thing,” she told Us. ”…We have breakfast together, walk to the bus stop, drop off the two older kids, walk home then I leave for work. I take my youngest to school because his school is very close to where I work, then I go to my job.”

The actress said she still tries to carve out time for herself, despite her duties as mom of three. Ripa said “forc[ing]” herself to hit the gym helps her “think clearer” and “feel stronger.”

“It gives me that energy at the end of the day, when you’re starting to fade, I still have energy,” she said. “I know it’s because I worked out that day, because I feel terrible when I don’t. I feel lethargic when I don’t. So I force myself to do it and I do that when my kids are in school because that’s the time I have to do it.”

When it comes to other outside parenting advice, Ripa said she doesn’t have to look far.

 “I’m lucky to know some amazing ‘Unstoppable Moms’- my mom, my mother-in-law, and my close friends. So, I’ve always looked to them when I need a tip or two.”

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