Motherhood is all encompassing experience – in all it’s lovely, fulfilling, messy, stressful, happy, exhausting, body-changing glory.

Abraham Lincoln was onto something when he said, “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” After having children of our own, we realize how much we collectively put our own mothers through. The sheer weight and terror of our new motherly endeavor is overwhelming. We’re sorry, moms!

Motherhood is all encompassing experience – in all it’s lovely, fulfilling, messy, stressful, happy, exhausting, body-changing glory.

For God sake, let’s not berate a tired and overwhelmed new mom like Chrissy Teigen for leaving the house for an hour of adult time. Judgey Mc Judger, mom-shaming’s not cool. We probably don’t agree with your insane decision to home-school your seven children but we’re not calling you out.

Being a mom is not easy. So on those hard, frustrating, exhausting days, take some time to remember these awesome things about motherhood:

  • The risk of breast cancer declines with the number of children born. Women who have given birth to five or more children have half the risk of women who have not given birth.
  • Parenthood helps your immunity! A 2012 study from Carnegie Mellon Universityprovides evidence that, when exposed to a common cold virus, parents are 52 percent less likely to develop a cold than non-parents. Parents with three or more children, 61 percent less likely to develop a cold.
  • A mother’s love is good for a baby’s brain! In a recent study,brain scans showed that children of nurturing mothers had hippocampal volumes 10 percent larger than children whose mothers were not as nurturing. Research has suggested a link between a larger hippocampus and better memory, learning and responses to stress.

The muffin top, saggy breasts, 10 (hell 20) extra pounds, stretch marks, torn perineum, sleepless nights, engorged breasts, the worry, being told you ruined your tween’s life, being told you are so embarrassing, it seems our greatest accomplishments are the ones that hurt the most.

To all the moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day! If you’re not a mom, you better call yours. A torn perineum is no joke.

 



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