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Finding Love After Postpartum Depression

Jennifer Craven | Posted 01.22.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Craven

I put on a good show in front of others. But on the inside, confusion and guilt racked my brain. How was it possible, I wondered, that I wasn't completely enamored with my first born child?

I'm Glad Someone Told Me

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

We need to find a way to prepare mothers for the possibility that they may struggle, and that it doesn't make them bad mothers.

The One Thing That Helped Me Survive the Transition to Parenthood

Robin Hoffman | Posted 01.16.2015 | Parents
Robin Hoffman

Becoming a mother was the single most intense moment of my life thus far. And even though it has been nearly six months since I first met our son, that first moment when he went from being inside me to being his own breathing body remains just as intense as it did when it happened.

You Just Had A Baby

Ashlee Gadd | Posted 01.09.2015 | Parents
Ashlee Gadd

I know everything feels undone. I know being a grown-up sucks. I know your house is a mess. I know you have writer's block. I know you feel behind. I know you wish you were superwoman. I know. I know. But. You just had a baby.

A New Mom's Open Letter To Her Pregnant Best Friend

Kerstin Shamberg | Posted 01.06.2015 | Parents
Kerstin Shamberg

If you take nothing else away, I've boiled it down to this: Tune out all the judgment, trust yourself, try not to worry so much, laugh, give yourself a break, be flexible and don't Google anything!

You Won't Remember, But I Will

Jessica Dimas | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Jessica Dimas

You won't remember the way I stood in the bathroom late that night in labor with you, fearfully and excitedly gazing up at the moon, knowing I was going to bring you into the world soon and whispering to you, "We can do this."

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading! A Book Gift Guide

Audrey van Petegem | Posted 12.11.2014 | Books
Audrey van Petegem

The holidays are coming and you know what that means... It's that time of year when you start looking for inspiring gift ideas to give to friends and family! Sure you can give gift cards or clothes, but why not give something that is a bit more meaningful?

30 Signs You're A New Mom

Rachael Roehmholdt | Posted 12.05.2014 | Parents
Rachael Roehmholdt

You have somehow transported yourself into a different dimension where everyone talks about themselves in the third person, as in, "Mama needs some time to herself, like, for real..."

6 Things New Parents Need To Stop Doing Before They Lose Their Minds

JJ Keith | Posted 01.24.2015 | Parents
JJ Keith

We are all a messy conglomeration of strengths and weaknesses, with none of us having it totally down and none of us being completely inept. No, we're all just partly inept. Welcome to parenthood.

You Think You Know, But You Have No Idea

Jill Patir | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Jill Patir

I don't know how to go about my day without her. I don't know how to think about what I want to do, not what I need to do for her.

The Long Ride With Wes

Ashbey Riley | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents
Ashbey Riley

The thing about having a baby in the NICU is that you never stop riding the emotional roller coaster. You're up and then down; it slows, but it never stops.

A Letter To My Friend: What I Wish I Knew Before Becoming A Mom

CT Working Moms | Posted 12.31.2014 | Parents
CT Working Moms

There are still days when I swear I cannot love my sons more than I do at that very second, but I wake up the next day and believe it or not, I love them more.

5 Things I Know Now About Being A New Mom

Rachael Roehmholdt | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Rachael Roehmholdt

To put it gently: I had a rude awakening. In the first month of my son's life, I have learned more about this little baby and myself than I ever imagined possible.

Meet The Mom Who Takes Her Sitter EVERYWHERE (and 10 Reasons Why)

Lynn Perkins | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Have you ever scoffed at the Mom who doesn't seem to leave home without her sitter or nanny in tow -- at birthday parties, school drop-off, Mommy and Me class? Maybe you even judged her for it, wondering why she can't go at it alone with her own kids.

I Didn't Lose My Body While I Was Pregnant. Did I Do Something Wrong?

Jen Picicci | Posted 11.08.2014 | Parents
Jen Picicci

I hope all new moms feel the way that I feel. And I hope we can all stop focusing on what we allegedly lost when it's so clear we now have more than ever.

Escaping My Inner Body Image Bully

Lindsay Beckman | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Lindsay Beckman

I had a bully following me around everywhere. The worst part was, I couldn't hide from my bully, because that bully was me.

A Letter To My Pre-Mom Self

Ashlee Gadd | Posted 10.20.2014 | Parents
Ashlee Gadd

I am only two measly years ahead of you, but rest assured: I have learned more about motherhood in these past two years than I did in the 26 years leading up to that first positive pregnancy test.

From Dark to Light: Postpartum in Process

Eve Kagan | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Eve Kagan

You may pretend you are fine, functioning, because you are still able to sauté the garlic a perfect golden brown and vacuum the dog hair off of the Chinese rug and put on mascara and cut the baby's tiny fingernails without drawing blood. And yet, you are totally detached.

21 Oft-Overlooked, Must-Have Items for Your Baby Registry

The Huffington Post | Mandy Velez | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents

You're standing in the store, scan gun ready to go and then it hits you: you actually have no idea what you really need to put on your registry for ba...

Dear Friend (A Letter To First-Time Expecting Moms)

Kate Baer | Posted 10.08.2014 | Parents
Kate Baer

In some ways I envy you. I envy your big round belly, constant admirers, and excuse to eat ice cream for breakfast. I envy your time, your naps, your organized nursery and neatly folded baby clothes. I envy your ignorance -- your wonderful, pregnant, pre-baby ignorance.

The Secret Every New Mom Should Remember

Kim Simon | Posted 10.04.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

You will never stop worrying, or doubting yourself, but you will have more proof that you are doing it right. Each day that passes is another day that you get to take credit for.

The Phrase I Used to Hate

Christine Burke | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
Christine Burke

Before my son's birth, I envisioned long afternoons of cuddling and bonding, making gourmet meals for my husband and catching up on the books on my nightstand that had gone ignored while I worked full-time. It was going to be fabulous... and then our son got here.

New Moms Talk About Returning To Work After Maternity Leave

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents

For new moms, heading back into the office after maternity leave can be tough. In a HuffPost Live conversation, mothers shared their experiences with ...

Dear Second-Time Moms, Please Stop Belittling Me

Katie Markey McLaughlin | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Katie Markey McLaughlin

I don't think over-packing for an outing or fretting over my baby's routine makes me silly or lame or pathetic, the way moms of two or more tend to not-so-subtly imply.

What The New York Times Got Right and Wrong About Maternal Mental Health

Seleni Institute | Posted 08.23.2014 | Parents
Seleni Institute

We are glad the Times is sparking a conversation about perinatal mood disorders and postpartum psychosis. We hope the conversation will evolve and accomplish two things.