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10 Lifehacks Every New Mom Needs to Know

Jennifer S. White | Posted 08.30.2015 | Parents
Jennifer S. White

The following are lifehacks that all new moms should be taking advantage of, right now, to make their lives not only easier, but exceedingly more enjoyable.

The Parenting Cliché I Cannot Stand

Rachel Farrell | Posted 08.27.2015 | Parents
Rachel Farrell

Yes, I know, and I agree: Motherhood is precious. Babies are miracles. Time goes too fast. The days are long, but the years are short. But here's what people don't get: I can enjoy my baby and still wish he would sleep.

5 Things Every New Mom-by-Adoption Needs From Her Friends

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 08.24.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

Moms by adoption often find themselves left out of the baby shower festivities: The thickly-iced cake, the silly games, and the mountain of gifts. This can be incredibly hurtful to a woman who has waited months, years or even decades to become a mommy.

7 Ways Expectant Moms Can Stay Cool During the Summer

Marva Soogrim | Posted 08.06.2015 | Parents
Marva Soogrim

With a pregnant mom's new parenting chapter upon her, she has to remain in the best of health. It can be the most uncomfortable during August.

The Inner Dialogue Of A New Mom At Night

Rachel Farrell | Posted 08.05.2015 | Parents
Rachel Farrell

I'm a first-time mom, and there have been many times in the past seven months when I've wished for some type of device that could record the absurd thoughts running through my head, especially at night.

Dear Intrusive Mother-In-Law

Kyana Miner | Posted 08.04.2015 | Parents
Kyana Miner

Your advice doesn't feel like help. It feels like control. You don't want our happiness. You want our obedience. You don't want us to be better parents. You want us to be complacent children. But guess what? We're going to do things and decide things that look CRAZY to you.

The 5 Things I Had to Get Over As A Mom

Sarah Bunton | Posted 07.23.2015 | Parents
Sarah Bunton

Because the pressure to be Super Mom might just be your undoing, if you let it get the best of you.

The Most Perfect Metaphor For New Motherhood

Katherine Stanley Obando | Posted 07.17.2015 | Parents
Katherine Stanley Obando

Let the waves come, murmur a seafaring song, and know this: in any moment of new motherhood that is rough going for you, there are countless like you; there are also others for whom that very same moment was transcendent and amazing (and you'll probably hear all about it).

10 Mamas You Can Identify With

Casey Santiago | Posted 07.14.2015 | Parents
Casey Santiago

It doesn't matter where we are pregnant - Uganda or the U.S., Nepal or Bolivia - we all know the same thing: we would do anything for our child.

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.