Courtesy of Steph Montgomery

10 Postpartum Moments That'll Make You Say "WTF Did I Just Do?"

Ad failed to load

Postpartum life was, for me, bittersweet. It was filled with baby snuggles, sure, but also worry and self-doubt. I remember thinking, "What have I gotten myself into?" and "I can't do this" and "Will I ever sleep again?" more times than I care to admit. I also experienced some messed up situations that made me want to laugh, cry, or both. In the end I realized new-mom life is filled with postpartum moments that'll make you say "WTF did I just do?" over and over and over again. I also realized that asking yourself that question (either internally our out loud for anyone to hear) absolutely doesn't make you a bad mom.

Between pregnancy hormones, postpartum recovery, and intense sleep deprivation, I wasn't really my "normal" self after I had a baby. So I made a few mistakes. OK, maybe more than a few. But being a new mom is nothing short of difficult and sleep deprivation is no joke, you guys. It makes you do things like fall asleep in a variety of humorous places and states, answer the door topless, and forget to put a diaper on your baby. The again, maybe that's just me? Oh, I also forgot to take my essential medications, wear a pad, and even eat. Yes, I forgot to eat. How could I let that happen? I've gotten surprisingly tipsy from one glass of wine, and don't even ask about the time I decided it was a good idea to try on pre-pregnancy jeans one week postpartum. Spoiler alert: it was a terrible idea.

If you've been a new mom, chances are you can commiserate with the weird, embarrassing, and stupid things I've done postpartum. And if you haven't had your baby yet, well, this might give you some ideas about what not to do (or at least make you feel better when you inevitably do them anyway). Because, seriously, WTF?

Ad failed to load

When You Get Drunk From One Glass Of Wine


It sucks to find yourself accidentally drunk as a new mom. I mean, I only had one glass of wine and now I am dancing on the table? Well, I would be dancing on a table if I wasn't so tired. I had better stop or I won't be able to wake up with the baby, when he inevitably cries right after I fall asleep.

When You Forget To Take Your Medications

I totally thought I was dying and then realized that I totally forgot to take my pain meds on schedule. Trust me when I say that I never made that mistake again, at least not after I remembered to set some alarms on my phone.

When You Fall Asleep In Random Places


When I am postpartum it seems like I can fall asleep nearly anytime or any place. Well, anytime or place that's not in my bed at night, of course. I fell asleep at stop lights, while waiting in line at the DMV, and even during sex. WTF?

Ad failed to load

When You Forget You're Topless

I spent a lot of time topless during my babies' fourth trimesters. It let my sore nipples have a rest and made life easier for breastfeeding. Easier, that is, until I forgot I was topless. I have answered the door in just a nursing bra, left to pick my kids up from school with my shirt undone, and greeted guests with a boob hanging out. Maybe that's why the UPS guy always brings our packages to the door? Oh well, at least I don't have to walk outside.

When You Forget To Wear A Pad


It was so bad, you guys. I'm talking like the prom scene from Carrie bad. To make matters worse, when I am postpartum I totally don't have the emotional ability to deal with crises. So I cried. Then I realized I didn't have any clean pants, and cried some more.

When You Have An Opportunity To Sleep & Do Something Else Instead

I'm convinced that anyone who suggests you should "sleep when the baby sleeps" has never actually had a newborn, or has never tried to fall asleep in broad daylight when they have a newborn to worry about. So not happening, you guys. See also, 3:00 am when you suddenly would rather binge watch Grey's Anatomy than sleep. WTF?

Ad failed to load

When You Forget To Eat


I have never been the type of person who regularly forgets to eat. Then I had a baby and found myself wondering why I was so ravenous all the damn time. Yeah, I was forgetting to eat. Whoops.

When You Try On Pre-Pregnancy Pants

I really wish I could go back in time and warn myself not to do this. "Girl, no. Seriously don't do it. It won't end well. Have you forgotten that you just grew a human? Give yourself time."

I really didn't need to look at my postpartum tummy in the mirror, either.

When You Forget To Put A Diaper On The Baby


While snuggling my gorgeous baby, just sinking into postpartum bliss, I realized I forgot to put a clean diaper on the baby when I changed him. I, unfortunately, learned this the hard way and only after he peed all over me. I remember thinking, "It's a good thing I am topless," but also, you know, WTF kid?

Ad failed to load

When You Realize You're Actually Someone's Mother

There have been so many moments where I was sure I was the world's worst parent. Like the time that I didn't hear the baby crying in the other room and while I was finally taking a shower, or when I accidentally clipped my baby's tiny finger when cutting her nails. Or when I couldn't breastfeed and countless other times when I was left wondering what the hell I had gotten myself into. Seriously, how am I responsible for a baby?

Then I remembered that all new moms have those moments where they say, "WTF did I just do?" Besides, if you don't make mistakes, how do you learn how to do things right? The answer is, of course, that you can't, and every new mom makes mistakes. It's totally part of the deal.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

These Millennial Parents Are Taking Gender-Neutral Parenting To An Entirely New Level

A woman on the subway looks at my bulbous shape and asks, “What are you having?” I take a deep breath and throw a glance to my 5-year-old. “I’m having a baby,” I say to the woman. “No, no” the woman says laughing as she pushes further. “Are you havin…
By Madison Young

I’m Registered At Babies “R” Us, & I'm Freaking The Hell Out

Hi. My name is Abi, and I’m registered at Babies “R” Us — and I’m freaking out. This may sound silly, but after being a die-hard Toys “R” Us kid, I was so excited to register at their baby store once my husband and I finally got our big fat positive …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

My Daughter Is Obsessed With Being "Pretty" & I'm Way Past Terrified

Last week, when I picked up my daughter after school, she immediately wanted to know if I liked her hair. "Is it pretty?" she asked. Her hair was pulled up into two ponytails that were intertwined into thick, long braids. A shimmering pink and purple…
By Dina Leygerman

7 Things No One Tells You About Having A Baby In Your 20s, But I Will

I was 24 when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. The pregnancy was a surprise, since I was on birth control (side note: antibiotics and birth control don't mix), but my partner and I decided to continue with the pregnancy and committed to m…
By Candace Ganger

Women Who Miscarry Early Deserve To Grieve — Here's How Hospitals Should Be Helping

When I lost my baby back in 2013, it was because of a very early miscarriage. Because of the little amount of time I spent being pregnant, it was though my child had never really existed, which made the next few years hard — I felt like they had been…
By Risa Kerslake

7 Things I Wish My Partner Had Said To Me In The First Hour After Giving Birth

I don't know if it was the buzz of the surrounding machines, the non-existent cry of our son as the doctors tried to resuscitate him, or the fact that I'd already been through labor and delivery once before, but I knew something was missing after I h…
By Candace Ganger

Moms’ Groups Weren’t For Me, Sorry

I go to my moms’ club everyday of the week, but not usually on weekends. My moms' group is a place I can always count on finding fellow mothers who understand the daily struggles and triumphs of parenthood and of juggling life’s responsibilities. Dep…
By Samantha Taylor

Millennial Women Are Getting Married Later Than Gen X, & The Reasons Why Are Pretty Badass

The battle of the generations seems to come up when it comes to every lifestyle or career choice people make. Women, especially, are an important demographic when it comes to analysts looking at the lifestyle choices we make or the expected milestone…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

I've Had 3 Miscarriages But *Please* Keep Telling Me About Your Pregnancy

I can feel the tension the moment my friend announces her pregnancy. I can hear the forced nonchalant attitude she's willing herself to exude as she fishes for the ultrasound. I know why I was the last to learn that she was expecting; why she keeps l…
By Danielle Campoamor

7 Early Signs You're Going To Need An Epidural, According To Experts

Even if you've constructed an elaborate birth plan, it's impossible to control every aspect of labor and delivery. Complications can occur, proactive measures might be necessary, and your mind is subject to change when those damn contractions really …
By Candace Ganger

I'm Pregnant & I Refuse To Read Any Parenting Books

I didn't read any parenting books when I was expecting my daughter, and I refuse to read any parenting books as I await my second child now. I'm the first to admit that I don't really know what I'm doing when it comes to raising my daughter. A good d…
By Marie Southard Ospina

7 Reasons Why March Babies Are Total Badasses

From the moment you become pregnant, you begin to wonder what your little one will be like. Will they look like you, your partner, or your Great Aunt Edna? Will they be the quiet, thoughtful type or arrive on this planet raring to go? It's fun to ima…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

12 Overnight Face Masks To Use To Wake Up Feeling Pampered AF

Spring is right around the corner, and as far as I'm concerned, the sunshine and warm breezes can't come soon enough. But now that we're about to say goodbye to winter, it's a good time to take stock of your facial skincare routine. You know, in the …
By Katie Malczyk

11 Essential Products To Pack In Your Hospital Bag, According To OB-GYNs

The minute you go into labor (or think you're going into labor), chaos ensues. You and your partner are likely to get a little frantic, just like in the movies, so you most definitely want to have a hospital bag packed before the day comes. This prec…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

7 Photos You *Must* Take In The First 6 Months Of Motherhood

In my experience, becoming a mom is like becoming an amateur photographer. There's just something about the need to capture every single coo and sorta-smile that leaves you obsessed with all things photography. I know I couldn't stop taking selfies w…
By Candace Ganger

Here's How Early An Ultrasound Can Actually Determine Your Baby's Sex

From the moment you see those two lines on a pregnancy test, there are a few markers along the way that stand out as especially exciting. Amongst them are hearing your baby's heartbeat and feeling that first, sweet little kick. And if you are finding…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

9 Easy Kid Foods To Turn Green, Just In Time For St. Patrick's Day

The best part about having kids is that you get your own personal crew to celebrate the holidays with, in all your color coordinating and matching glory. And with St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, you are obviously working on turning everyth…
By Mishal Ali Zafar

Here Are Some Conditions That Might Require You To Be On Bed Rest During Pregnancy

When I worked in an office, I worked with quite a few pregnant ladies all at the same time. Something must have been in the water, because while I was there for three years, two of my coworkers got pregnant twice, and another girl was pregnant with h…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

I Didn't Follow The Pregnancy Diet Rules & My Daughter Turned Out Just Fine

My diet is an ever-changing and wholly personal thing, which is precisely why I refused to follow any pregnancy diet rules when I was expecting my daughter. For years, I've essentially practiced intuitive eating, in that I listen to my body and eat w…
By Marie Southard Ospina

5 Foods You & Your Partner Should Eat If You're Trying To Get Pregnant

When you're trying to conceive (TTC) and it's just not happening, it's easy to feel like you're doing something wrong. It can be soul-crushing to keep seeing negatives when all you really want to do is wave a positive pregnancy test in the air. So wh…
By Kate Miller