How having a baby actually transforms women's bodies — and how they feel about it.

On Broadway, She's Elsa. At Home, She's Mom.

As all mothers know, strength can arrive in forms you don't expect. It can look like giving birth to your son six weeks early via an emergency c-section. It can also, it turns out, manifest as the ability to perform before a live audience night after…
By Allison Piwowarski

Maysa Washington Took Being An SVU Detective In Stride. Then She Had A Daughter.

Motherhood is inherently unpredictable: schedules change, toddlers tantrum, last-minute meetings are scheduled, someone needs stitches, diaper blowouts happen. On any given day for Detective Maysa Washington of the Newark Police Department, emergenci…
By Danielle Campoamor

For This Mom, Motherhood Is A Long Hike. Literally.

Think you have to tote a lot of stuff with you on a morning outing with your baby? Trying heading out for six months in the woods. That's what Bekah and Derrick Quirin, both 26, did shortly after their daughter Ellie turned 1. The idea to through-hik…
By Janet Manley

After Her First Baby, This Mom Re-learned How To Fly

Laura Valpey has always identified as a thrill seeker — so the first time she stepped off the 23-foot platform, swinging from a horizontal bar tethered by two metal ropes, she wasn't even scared. As she puts it, "it was an adrenaline rush." Becoming …
By Kaitlyn Cawley

Alicia Graf Mack Thought She Might Never Dance Again — Then She Became A Mom

To be a dancer is to live fully, often painfully, in one’s body — to intimately know every tendon, to feel every life change play out through your muscles and bones. A dancer’s body is her everything: her tool, her craft, her product, her livelihood.…
By April Daniels Hussar

When You're A Mom & A Filmmaker, You Never Stop Rolling

As a new mom, you’re supposed to hate pumping — the interruptions every three or four hours, the sudden, deep identification with dairy cows, toting a piece of machinery around all day, cleaning all those parts — but documentary filmmaker Ambika Sama…
By Margaret Wheeler Johnson