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

Jen Picicci | Posted 09.08.2014 | 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 08.26.2014 | 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 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.

From Dark to Light: Postpartum in Process

Eve Kagan | Posted 08.18.2014 | 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 08.08.2014 | 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 08.05.2014 | 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),...

Emma Mustich

What 9 Months Of Pregnancy Really Does To A Woman's Body

HuffingtonPost.com | Emma Mustich | Posted 05.09.2014 | Parents

Last summer, photographer and body love evangelist Jade Beall told HuffPost Parents that society faced "an epidemic of women who feel unworthy of bein...

'If My Hair Is Decent, All Else Is Well In The World'

The Huffington Post | Chanel Parks | Posted 07.18.2014 | Style

For the month of May, HuffPost Style is turning the camera's focus on fabulous moms and moms-to-be in our Beauty Street Style series. Warning: your he...

The One And Only Piece Of Advice New Moms Need

Nicole Leigh Shaw | Posted 07.02.2014 | Parents
Nicole Leigh Shaw

If I could travel back in time and tell myself a little something, it would be this: Pee first.

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.

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.

Mothers vs. Fathers vs. Parents: Court Decision Banning Fathers From the Delivery Room Raises Questions for Alternative Families

Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq. | Posted 05.14.2014 | Parents
Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq.

While the right to privacy is an unquestionable one, is there research that can inform us about early interactions between fathers and newborns? If the mother does not want the father present at birth, at what point does he have a right to see his child?

What's Your Legacy?

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

Are you creating a legacy you can be proud of? Are there any areas you'd like to develop more fully?

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.