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When Your Birth Plan Doesn't Go According to Plan

Ashlee Gadd | Posted 06.26.2015 | Parents
Ashlee Gadd

Tears began streaming down my face as I quickly grieved the birth plan I was giving up. The birth plan -- that, up until that point -- had been incredibly flexible.

New Mom Alert: 10 Inexcusable Opinions

Amanda Rumore | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Amanda Rumore

If you are loosely, even somewhat of an expert, I will probably welcome your opinion. However, if you haven't been around a child in decades, I, and others in my shoes, may find some of your thoughts to be questioning.

I See You, Momma

Lexi Behrndt | Posted 05.22.2015 | Parents
Lexi Behrndt

I know this is all so fresh. It's all new. It's a world you hoped for and when it came, it unlocked a part of you that you didn't know was there. It unlocked a lifetime of love, all stored up for those big, blue eyes.

I'm a Lactivist And I Hated Nursing

Iulia Gulia | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Iulia Gulia

I nursed my son for two years and I hope to do the same with my daughter. I fully believe that "breast is best" (at least most of the time), and I will gladly talk your ear off about the benefits of nursing. But would you believe me if I told you that I hated nursing so much that I almost quit?

A Year After Having A Baby, I Love My Body More Than Ever

Jen Picicci | Posted 05.27.2015 | Parents
Jen Picicci

Before I got pregnant, I spent more than a decade dieting, picking apart my every flaw and obsessing over my jean size. But now, as my daughter celebrates her first birthday, I'm happier than ever with my body. Yes, even the stretch marks.

Dear Future And New Moms

Thomasina Guidry | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Thomasina Guidry

Someday, you will be blessed to be a mother. And you will be the only mom your future child will have. Be patient. Be flexible. But above all, be in the moment.

My Child is the Boss in our Home

Ashli Mazer | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Ashli Mazer

Having a baby demoted my status in the chain of command in this house. No longer do I call the shots. All commands have been handed over to her. My child is the boss in our home.

What Pregnant and Parenting Teens Really Need

Seleni Institute | Posted 06.28.2015 | Parents
Seleni Institute

When I got pregnant and became a mother at 15, I experienced an overwhelming onslaught of disrespect and shame from family members, friends and perfect strangers.

Why It's OK to Complain

Sarah Bunton | Posted 06.27.2015 | Parents
Sarah Bunton

I've always thought that if I complained, asked for help, or took a break that it somehow meant I was giving in and letting my struggles get the best of me. Thankfully, I'm here to tell you that that's just not true. It really is OK to complain sometimes.

This Is What Motherhood Did To Me

Ashli Mazer | Posted 06.21.2015 | Parents
Ashli Mazer

This is what motherhood did to me. Motherhood turned me into someone else. Someone who, on most days, I don't recognize. Motherhood took the former me and shook her up a bit. Rocked the ground on which she once stood.

More Than A Mom

Iulia Gulia | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Iulia Gulia

The moment you were conceived, you made me a mom. But as you started to grow, I grew too... and you made me more than a mom.

How Not to Raise Your Kids

Susan Vernicek | Posted 06.15.2015 | Parents
Susan Vernicek

I want to share a few parenting tips that have saved my husband and I from added stress, anger, jealousy and feelings of failure as new parents.

8 Pieces Of Real Advice For New Moms

Jacqui Zadik | Posted 06.13.2015 | Parents
Jacqui Zadik

Every parent of an older (or adult) kid likes to remind you how you'll miss these early days. But I think what those moms are secretly trying to say is that they miss being young, too.

You Made Me a Mother

Jennifer Brenan | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Brenan

You made me a mother when you went to the NICU and I was so scared and everything was surreal. I feared I was missing out on some kind of bonding, but of course I was a mother now and we would bond.

Sweatpants Cause Divorce?!

Melissa Charles | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Melissa Charles

Someone who has just given birth deserves some care. Some rest. Without worrying about anyone's expectations, wants or demands. Without anyone telling her that she should be doing something different or, God forbid, more.

Dear Brand New Mommy

Kali Kasprzyk | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Kali Kasprzyk

Stay true to yourself. This might be the hardest task of them all. Even picking one thing you did pre-baby and sticking with it will make you feel better.

Let's Do the Time Warp Again, Baby!

Christine Marion-Jolicoeur | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Christine Marion-Jolicoeur

Moms, be kind to yourself and patient with your kids on these extra long days. And partners, please don't be late!

Emily Peck

One Small Hope For The Future Of Maternity Leave In The U.S.

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Peck | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business

Progress could be on the way from a pretty unlikely source: The world’s biggest corporations.

5 Universal Truths Of New Motherhood

Liz Curtis Faria | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Liz Curtis Faria

While you will love your child with all of your heart, you will also most passionately feel this love when your child is sleeping.

7 Ways to Become a More Confident Mother

Shari Medini | Posted 05.04.2015 | Parents
Shari Medini

No matter what, those first few months will be beautifully difficult; however, there are a few things that I've learned throughout my mothering journey that could help you through...

What To Expect After Having Kids

MotherWoman | Posted 04.28.2015 | Parents
MotherWoman

I'd like to offer an alternate spin on what to expect after having kids -- one that errs on the side of gain rather than sacrifice; one that I didn't hear much about while I was pregnant and pondering what life would be like after children.

I Don't Always Feel Like A Mom

Toni Hammer | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Toni Hammer

I've been a parent for over two and a half years now, and I still don't identify as a mom. I mean, I know I'm a mom. I have the stretch marks, sippy cups and sleep-addled brain to prove it. But I don't quite feel like me in this new mom skin yet.

Dear New Mama: You Are An Exceptional Mother

Rachel Toalson | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

It isn't easy, since nothing worth doing ever is, but these first days and weeks and months will unfold and so will your love.

10 Crazy Baby Terms You Need to Laugh About Now

Jennie Sutherland | Posted 04.19.2015 | Parents
Jennie Sutherland

The reflux DOES go away, your baby WILL start sleeping through the night and yes, she WILL learn to take the bottle. So while everything may seem chaotic right now, after about a year that haze will lift and you will actually laugh about some of your current worries. Promise.

It's OK To Hate The Newborn Stage

Courtney Reynolds | Posted 04.14.2015 | Parents
Courtney Reynolds

Whether we're 20 or 40, a successful businesswoman or an accomplished artist, some of us are just not cut out for the newborn stage. And it's OK to admit it.