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8 Truths Of Being A New Parent

Jennifer S. White | Posted 01.13.2016 | Parents
Jennifer S. White

Babies don't wear shoes. Ever.

7 Unrealistic Resolutions for the New Mom

Christine Carter | Posted 01.06.2016 | Parents
Christine Carter

Happy New Year! Since 2016 arrived, you are probably starting to think through all those goals you want to set for yourself in the coming year, aren't you? I'm guessing your house is a mess and you are still in your pjs, right? I was once you... thinking of all the seemingly unrealistic resolutions to be had in 2016. You might actually accomplish many of your goals. Maybe not.

10 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Having My First Baby

Kathy Radigan | Posted 12.03.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Seventeen years ago, I was hugely pregnant and watching the calendar roll further and further beyond my due date.

Wonder Moms: Lara Wiesenthal

Dana Holmes | Posted 08.27.2015 | Parents
Dana Holmes

From Sheryl Sandberg to Marissa Mayer, women are not sacrificing themselves for their kids like they used to. Why? If you ask me, a confident and happy woman makes a better mother.

The 5 Most Surprising Types of Reactions to Pregnancy

Mary Kay | Posted 07.22.2015 | Parents
Mary Kay

My husband and I have recently started letting people know that we are pregnant, and it has been so exciting, but also very interesting. It is our first child and let me just say that you get treated very differently when people know you've got a bun in the oven.

8 Lessons Motherhood Has Taught a Recovering Perfectionist

Maria Ross | Posted 06.14.2015 | Parents
Maria Ross

There is absolutely no room for perfection in parenting. No median. No bike lane. You will screw up. You will doubt yourself at every turn.

I Missed the Memo on Mom Guilt

Julia Bensfield | Posted 06.05.2015 | Parents
Julia Bensfield

Mom guilt (also known as #momguilt) is a thing. It's the feeling a mother, or any parent, gets when something happens to her child and she blames herself, whether or not the blame is warranted.

Real Moms Reveal What They Really Want For Mother's Day

Sybil Brun | Posted 05.04.2015 | Parents
Sybil Brun

I'd love to sleep in past 7 a.m.. I'd love to snuggle my baby without getting my face slapped, scratched and snatched in one fell swoop.

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.

30 Things I Wish I'd Known About Motherhood

Jennifer Lizza | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lizza

Motherhood comes with pressure. It comes with pressure from the people around us, but most of the pressure we feel comes from ourselves.

My (Foolish) Quest To Be the Perfect Mom

Kathy Radigan | Posted 03.22.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Armed with the skills I accrued during my 10 years of working in the corporate world as an assistant to various financial executives and all of the parenting books one person could read, I set out to be my ideal of the modern, educated stay-at-home-mom.

Things Learned In The First Month Of Having a Baby

Julie Zhuo | Posted 02.01.2015 | Parents
Julie Zhuo

A common conversation around the house regarding baby: "Have you tried X technique? It worked yesterday." "But today isn't yesterday." Seriously, just when you think you've gotten the hang of something, the pattern changes.

Take the Break Before You Need It

Tara Sophia Mohr | Posted 10.14.2014 | Parents
Tara Sophia Mohr

I think I am still learning what enough is, and that it is. That you can declare yourself having worked hard enough for the day before your brain has slowed to a total halt due to exhaustion.

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 Nobody Tells You About the First 3 Months of Motherhood

Catherine Alford | Posted 08.23.2014 | Parents
Catherine Alford

Just like marriage and weddings, all society really shows us of motherhood is the romance, the surface story that everyone dreams of and simultaneously hides behind.

15 Things About New Motherhood That People Are Too Nice To Tell You When You're Pregnant

Claire Zulkey | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Claire Zulkey

From my point of view, there's a little too much sweet myth to what new moms are supposed to feel and do with newborns.

5 Lessons From New Motherhood On Living The Good Life

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 07.09.2014 | HuffPost Home
Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

I wouldn't call my pre-baby outlook on life misguided, but like most 20-, er, 30-something-year-old professionals (especially those here in New York),...

The Question It's Time To Stop Asking Women

Kate Fridkis | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
Kate Fridkis

When women are asked what we are doing all day, the next question, sometimes silent but almost always present, is, 'Why aren't you doing more?'

A Letter To My Friend, About To Be A Mom

Sarah Powers | Posted 05.17.2014 | Parents
Sarah Powers

I'd rather be a real-life lifeline than a fairy godsister. Because, you know what? You've got this. I know you do.

It Doesn't Matter What My Daughter Looks Like

Kate Fridkis | Posted 05.04.2014 | Parents
Kate Fridkis

It's weird to think that I started out like this, too. That we all do. A brilliant jumble of sensors sensing excitedly all at once.

The Day Someone Threw Me A Rope

Allison Tate | Posted 04.20.2014 | Parents
Allison Tate

We all need to be ready to throw ropes to other moms when we see them struggling; we are, after all, the ones who know how long the rope needs to be to reach them, because we have been there.

What Lady Mary Can Teach Us About Mental Health and New Moms

Nitzia Logothetis | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Nitzia Logothetis

Whether this complex fictional woman we have come to love is suffering from postpartum depression, as some speculate, or simply grief, I felt tremendous empathy for her and her infant son George.

Two Words You Should Never Say to a New Mother

Cara Paiuk | Posted 02.22.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

I don't know of anything else that could have made me feel worse or more of a failure. Those words confirmed my worst fears: I am not good enough. I am not doing enough. I am not strong enough. I am not capable. I am a failure.

New Mothers Need More Than Medication

Sarah Juul, M.D., MSc. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Juul, M.D., MSc.

Medications certainly have their place and must be a part of a treatment plan when a woman is suffering with severe symptoms of depression. The psychiatric community, however, has the responsibility to recognize that emotional experience is varied and deep, and that not all problems need pills.

The Friend That Every New Mom Needs

Carissa K | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Carissa K

A true friend doesn't come with obligation or guilt to remember birthdays or reciprocate social invitations. A true friend comes with the security and power of knowing that they love you always, celebrate your successes no matter what, and feel your heartbreaks deeply.