Reclaim Your Body
Take a class.
Many mothers say that just the simple act of spending some time to exercise was the key to feeling attractive again. Kellie Coulson-Davis of Wasilla, Alaska, swears by yoga. "During those sessions, I think of nothing but how powerful and strong my body is," she says. "I feel as good now as I did in college."
Holly Shaw, a single mom in Oakland, California, resumed her flamenco dancing soon after her son's birth. "This is the one thing I have to look forward to all week that's just about me," she says. While she stomps away, her 9-month-old kicks to the beat from his car seat on the sidelines.
Find some motivation. For Kerri Langbehn of El Cerrito, California, it's the size-8 bikini that she bought and tacked on her wall. "I'm looking forward to wearing that bikini and being one hot momma with my little girls!" she says, so she walks at least a mile a day and exercises while her daughters are at preschool or at the park with her husband on weekends. Another perk: "I feel fantastic -- I have way more energy than I used to," she says.