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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 11.24.2014 | 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 11.13.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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 10.31.2014 | 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 10.21.2014 | 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.

4 Truths About Our Post-Baby Bodies

Lisa Sadikman | Posted 07.20.2014 | Parents
Lisa Sadikman

Beauty abounds in the most unexpected places, making the minor and mundane suddenly magnificent. The trick is to include yourself in this expanded version of beauty.

I Used To Hate Breastfeeding Photos

Sandy Roffey | Posted 07.19.2014 | Parents
Sandy Roffey

Eventually, your loving husband, whom you had specifically banned from taking breastfeeding pictures, the one you had forced to delete any pictures that showed any area of your breasts, sends you this amazing photo.

What Research Shows About Women's Decision to Work or Stay at Home

Deborah A. Kahn | Posted 07.19.2014 | Women
Deborah A. Kahn

Being allowed to join the employed workforce does not mean it is the best choice for every woman or, worse, that women who choose to stay home are somehow inferior.

Mystery Donor Buys New Car For Paralyzed Mother Of Three Kids, Helps Family Get Back On Its Feet

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.15.2014 | Good News

Months before her third child was due, Jessie Bruton began to lose feeling in her legs. When the numbness spread, slowly, from her legs to her sto...

Throwing A New Mom Pity Party

Kate Rope | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Kate Rope

That's what life is -- messy and filled with highs and lows. And, when it comes to motherhood, we need to normalize the lows.

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),...