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