These 11 Moms Reveal the Challenges of Motherhood

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These 11 Moms Reveal the Challenges of Motherhood

From breastfeeding woes to fear, these moms know that honesty is the best policy.

Published May 10, 2017

In honor of Mother’s Day, we turned to our favorite celebs for the real deal on what it’s like to be a mother in America.

  1. Kelly Rowland on Breastfeeding
    CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 24:  Singer Kelly Rowland and Titan Jewell Witherspoon attend Safe Kids Day 2016 presented by Nationwide at Smashbox Studios on April 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Safe Kids Worldwide)
    (Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Safe Kids Worldwide)

    “I saw so many women do it, you know, whether it was in public or you saw them do it in hospital rooms, and you saw it on movies. It looked so beautiful and glamorous, and I was so excited about it, and it was one that I really struggled with. It didn’t last really long for me. My supply was short, and I remember I felt it put a lot of pressure on myself because I couldn’t supply as much as I wanted to and I had to supplement.” — CBS News

  2. Chrissy Teigen on Postpartum Depression and Anxiety
    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14:  Model Chrissy Teigen and daughter Luna Stephens are seen October 14, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
    (Photo: Raymond Hall/GC Images)

    “I also just didn’t think it could happen to me. I have a great life. I have all the help I could need: John, my mother (who lives with us), a nanny. But postpartum does not discriminate. I couldn’t control it. And that’s part of the reason it took me so long to speak up: I felt selfish, icky, and weird saying aloud that I’m struggling. Sometimes I still do.” — Glamour

  3. Beyoncé on Childbirth
    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28:  Blue Ivy Carter and Beyonce attend the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
    (Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

    “Everyone experiences pain, but sometimes you need to be uncomfortable to transform. Pain is not pretty, but I wasn't able to hold my daughter in my arms until I experienced the pain of childbirth!” — Elle

  4. Tia Mowry on Sleep Deprivation
    WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 01:  Actress Tia Mowry and son Cree Taylor Hardrict attend the premiere of 20th Century Fox's "The Peanuts Movie" at The Regency Village Theatre on November 1, 2015 in Westwood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

    “I didn’t know I’d be this exhausted. I’m so sleep deprived. When I talk to other mothers about it, they’re like, ‘Oh yeah, honey, and it doesn’t change. Your body just gets used to it.’” — Momtastic

  5. Kim Kardashian on Pregnancy
    Kim Kardashian West takes North and Saint West out for lunch in NYC. She is in NYC to testify against the Paris heist robbers. She also hinted that she might be pregnant with her third child.
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    “You know I’ve heard stories forever about how amazing pregnancy is from my mom and Kourtney and that’s just not the case for me and I'm not going to sit here and lie and act like it’s the most blissful experience. It’s awful.” — E! Online

  6. Amber Rose on Fear
    The LEGO Batman Movie Premiere held at The Regency Village Theatre February 4, 2017.
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    “As a mom, you have a million different fears. You don’t sleep at night. You think about all the worst things that could possibly happen to your baby, and it really sucks.” — People

  7. Mariah Carey on Priorities
    Mariah Carey takes twins Moroccan and Monroe to the Warner Bros. Pictures' premiere of�'The Lego Batman Movie' held at Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, California, USA. 
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    “It used to be just about me. It used to be like, ‘I’ve got to get my sleep, I’ve got to get my rest, I have to sing and do this and that.’ Now, it’s really like, ‘What are they doing? Are they asleep yet? What time are they getting up?’ The activities for the next day. So, it’s been a journey for me.” — The Steve Harvey Show

  8. Ciara on Trusting God’s Plan
    Ciara and her son Future Zahir Wilbum seen leaving their hotel in New York City
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    “[Breaking up with Future] wasn’t necessarily part of my vision. But the moment I realized I was going to be a single mother, I had to reflect and reorganize my thoughts. I decided to trust that God had a plan for me, and move forward one day at a time.” — Essence

  9. Mel B on Balancing Acts
    HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 23:  Singer Mel B, daughters Madison Belafonte, Angel Iris Murphy Brown and Giselle Belafonte arrive at the premiere of Disney's "Alice Through The Looking Glass" at the El Capitan Theatre on May 23, 2016 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
    (Photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

    “It’s all about balance week in and week out. You don’t always get it right. Some weeks you spend too much time at work, some weeks you spend too much time at home. So it’s just about balancing it, and I love that challenge each week.” — Madame Noire

  10. Alicia Keys on Fulfillment
    PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 31: Singer Alicia Keys and her son Genesis Ali Dean arrive at Charles-de-Gaulle airport on May 31, 2016 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
    (Photo: Marc Piasecki/GC Images)

    “You can be very fulfilled as a mother, but that can’t be the only way you are fulfilled. What about being a woman? What about being yourself? Your awareness of what’s happening in the world? It lives altogether in a way that makes a whole. I guess I’d say I'm the wholest I’ve ever been.” — Entertainment Tonight

  11. Solange on Being Flexible
    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  (L-R) Solange and her son Daniel Julez Smith, Jr attend the Solang And 14+ Foundation Partnership Party at Baby's All Right on May 4, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
    (Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

    “Motherhood is such an evolving journey. You really have to shape and mold your morals and values around that personality that has come into itself.” — Essence

Written by Kenrya Rankin

(Photos from left: Raymond Hall/GC Images, Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Safe Kids Worldwide, Fitzroy Barrett / Splash News)

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