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Advice for New Moms

A Letter To My Pre-Mom Self

Ashlee Gadd | Posted 08.20.2014 | 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.

F*ck Milestones

Alessandra Macaluso | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Alessandra Macaluso

No, it isn't the Olympics. But if you can stop yourself from getting caught up in "milestone" fever, and enjoy each moment without stressing about it, give yourself a gold medal.

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.

Best and Worst Piece of Advice for New Moms

Michelle Cove | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Michelle Cove

I missed my magazine job that gave me purpose and structure, dinners with friends who made me giggle, dates with my husband. I felt guilty that I wasn't glowing with happiness and treasuring each "precious" moment, terrified I'd be stuck in this rut forever.

The 5 Scariest Experiences After Childbirth

Michaela Fox | Posted 07.12.2014 | Parents
Michaela Fox

Giving birth is scary, but it is only the initiation into multiple stressful experiences awaiting new mothers. Here are the most stressful obstacles to overcome in the 72 hours post-birth.

8 Pieces Of Unsolicited Advice For New Moms

Leslie Blanche | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Leslie Blanche

Learn to smile and nod while ignoring unsolicited advice (mine included). You don't have to take the advice, but be polite and listen nicely.

The Fairytale and Reality of New Motherhood

Nitzia Logothetis | Posted 05.19.2014 | Parents
Nitzia Logothetis

Without acknowledging the steep learning curve, and without putting in place good support systems, the message is that early motherhood is just another everyday task and that caring for a new baby is a natural skill that will come easily.

What I Wish I'd Known About Breastfeeding

Kara Pogue | Posted 04.26.2014 | Parents
Kara Pogue

I do wish I had realized that just because something is biological or natural, doesn't mean it comes without struggle. It's such a simple thought, but I think it was lost on me in those early days when I was short on sleep and high on anxiety.

The Parenting Firsts I Wasn't Prepared For

Kim Simon | Posted 04.13.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

The learning curve of parenthood is steep. There are too many things that we're supposed to know, and not enough daylight hours in which to learn them.

5 Things You Should Never Say To A New Mom

Natalie Thomas | Posted 02.22.2014 | Parents
Natalie Thomas

Parenthood is hard. It's overwhelming, fear-inducing, irrational thought-provoking and emotional. New parenthood is all of that on hormones and no sleep.

5 Signs That You're a New Mom

Caroline Niziol | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Caroline Niziol

I have to laugh at myself when I realize that I'm not immune to classic new mom behaviors. I found myself at Eddie Bauer and bought a pair of jeans, so my Mom Card has been signed and laminated in the most official way possible.

10 True Things About The First Year Of Parenthood

Karyn Thurston | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Karyn Thurston

These are the words I wish I'd read before jumping headlong into the mommyhood with my books and my charts and my ideals and my high horses. They're flawed, and they aren't all pretty, but they're hard-won and honest and as true as I can get 'em.

The Grossest, Most Amazing Thing My Dog Ever Did for Me

Abbie Moore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Abbie Moore

We're safely past those first few years of awkwardly trying to adjust to the demands of motherhood, and now that I can look back at some of the more trying times, I can see something interesting: Every single one of those challenges was made easier by my dog and my cat.

Hands of Time

Amanda Magee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Amanda Magee

In the early days, I'd have a mug of coffee on one side of the keyboard, a manual breast pump on the other. I would get up at dawn, as it was the best time for pumping and writing. One activity sustained my girls; the other, me.

Things Every New Mom Should Know (But No One Tells You)

Lynn Perkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

No matter how many parenting books you've read, how many nieces or nephews you've watched grow up or how many years you've clocked babysitting, becoming a mom for the first time catapults you into an entirely foreign world that you could never be fully prepared for or expect.

An Open Letter To A New Mom

Amanda King | Posted 09.23.2013 | Parents
Amanda King

If you broke, who would stay up at night, terrified of the shadows? Who would hold your tiny miracle just right, who would love him and smell the top of his head? Who would stare at him, marveling while he slept in their arms?

7 New Mom Tips for Kim Kardashian

GalTime | Posted 08.31.2013 | Parents
GalTime

Motherhood is the great way to level the playing field. Status doesn't matter. Money doesn't matter. Kids need attention, time and love.

What I Wish I Knew Before I Brought My Baby Home

Elissa Strauss | Posted 08.31.2013 | Parents
Elissa Strauss

Basically every person a pregnant women meets has some idea or tip about what you should and shouldn't do with your baby. When I was pregnant, I got advice from cab-drivers, relatives and the tower of books I read, in horror, late into the night the month before I gave birth.

Meet the New Moms: Same As the Old Moms?

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 05.06.2013 | Parents
Lois Alter Mark

You may remember Cecelia Behar-Bush from "The Oprah Show" -- she's the woman who announced her pregnancy to her husband at our big bash in Sydney. Cecelia thought it would be fun for me, as an eldermom, to pass along my words of wisdom to new moms.

What To Really Expect When You're Expecting

Rachel Hollis | Posted 04.11.2013 | Parents
Rachel Hollis

Motherhood is a beautiful, wonderful gift... except when it's not.

How I've Reinvented My Style With Just A Few Items

Biba Milioto | Posted 01.13.2013 | Style
Biba Milioto

While my personal style was devolving, my husband's was reaching new, luxurious heights.

6 Baby Products You Really Don't Need

The Stir | Posted 12.22.2012 | Parents
The Stir

The truth is, you need very little to raise a child, and most of these products marketed to parents are useless at best, no matter how much they make you want them.

Parenthood Made Me a Self-Help Junkie

Carla Naumburg | Posted 12.01.2012 | Parents
Carla Naumburg

I had gained a daughter, but completely lost my center. It didn't take long for my obsessive tendencies to kick in, and before I knew it, I was a self-help junkie. I became certain that if I could just find the right mantra or mentor, I would be back to my old control freak self in no time.

From One Mother to Another -- Am I Normal?!?

Jodi Ciampa | Posted 06.16.2012 | Parents
Jodi Ciampa

Don't sit back and suffer thinking you are wrong in the way you feel.