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The Best Of Romper: Our Favorite 50 Stories From 2017

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For women generally, and moms specifically, 2017 was about a lot of things: a rapidly shifting political landscape; a spate of alleged Kardashian pregnancies; a march that inspired thousands of mothers to take to the streets with their daughters, showing them how to #resist; the end of Fixer Upper; a total eclipse of the sun.

But for Romper it was also, still, about one thing: the idea that motherhood is not the end of your life or your self, and life somehow expands to include all of the yous: the person still not over Chris Pratt and Anna Faris, the person who wants to raise a son who respects women, the person who doesn't think she, as a mother, should be responsible for righting the wrongs of bad men, the person parenting a trans kid in a world that still views that kid as a threat, the person who is never more at home than she is at Target.

The following list of the best stories Romper published in 2017 reflects and represents all of those identities and more through reporting, personal takes, humor, and a video series that honestly is going to make you cry. (If you're feeling nostalgic, check out our Best of Romper 2016 list, too.)

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To the degree that these stories are smart, poignant, funny, or brave, it's because they were conceived and written to convince you, our smart, inspiring, funny, courageous readers, to hang out with us.

Enjoy, Happy Holidays, and bring it, 2018.

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"Don't Know Any Moms With Special Needs Kids? They Probably Unfriended You," By Hillary Savoie

Ashley Batz/Romper

"You may not know that many of us are living with stress levels similar to those of combat veterans. You may not know that some of us have to unfollow you on social media, because the photos of your children vacationing with you on the beach, videos of your toddler's milestones, and complaints about your mom stress are just too much for us. You may not know that, despite our current apparent fluency with all things medical and developmental, we were not necessarily any more prepared for our children's challenges than you would have been. You may not know these things about us... but we want you to know."

Read it, and the whole Now You See Us series, here.

'Romper's Doula Diaries,' Episode 1 By The Romper Video Team, Produced By Abbey Adkison

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Romper's first video series, Romper's Doula Diaries, covers a lot of ground, from how doulas support women of color, the most underserved population of pregnant women and new mothers, to how they can be helpful to a stay-at-home dad, but Episode 1 is a showstopper. When things really don't go according to plan, the doula, Emilie, says, "Sometimes, we're the most qualified person in the room."

Watch the full series here.

"We're The Reason Chris Pratt & Anna Faris Broke Up," By Ej Dickson

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"The split was immediately met with horror and dismay from fans, as is usually the case when two extremely likable, attractive, charismatic, and famous people divorce. But in truth, we knew this was coming. We knew it because, let's face it, we caused it."

Read it here.

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"Tiny-Home Families Are Hacking Your Biggest Parenting Anxieties & #Winning," By Janet Manley

Courtesy of Robert and Samantha Garlow

"As one of the first 'big' tiny-home families, Miller often receives messages from couples looking to follow her into tiny-living, but has also seen a reliable amount of criticism over her choices. In fact, she says, it made parenting easier. 'It was difficult for me when I was pregnant and everyone was telling me I had to change for the kiddos,' she says. 'But I lived in a tiny house and I got a lot of criticism over that, and that prepared me more for parenthood, because I had already gone through it.'"

Read it here.

"Hot Take: Taylor Swift Isn't Your Mom, I Am," By Jamie Kenney

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"No. Stop. I'm usually not one to deride youth culture or trends (because, if history has taught us one thing, it's that those who do so always come across as looking like bitter idiots), but I'm afraid I'm going to have to sit in my very best folding chair, don my fanciest housecoat and hair curlers, shake my fist crankily, and insist that you damn kids get off my lawn. Because enough. You've proven that you cannot handle 'mom' as a compliment and now it has to stop."

Read it here.

"What Two Sandy Hook Moms Wish They Knew Then," By Josephine Yurcaba

Courtesy of Michele Gay and Alissa Parker

"Almost five years after Emilie was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, Alissa is still finding Emilie’s notes. A few days before I spoke to her, she found another note Emilie had left hidden in a book in Alissa’s room. The note said 'Love you - Emilie.'"

Read it here.

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"6 Things Boys Learn By Age 5 That Perpetuate Rape Culture," By Candace Ganger

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"The sad truth is that rape culture is everywhere, and probably in my own house, despite my attempts to teach my children otherwise. It makes itself known when I talk to my children about bodies or consent, sex. I feel it when I hear my children discuss what they overhear at home, school, or on television. My son is young, and I know he means no harm, but if I don't instill in him the need to always seek out consent? Well, thinking of how he could act in the future is unbearable."

Read it here.

"Dear Chrissy Teigen: I 'Can't Have Just One Drink' Either," By Anonymous

Christopher Polk/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

"Your fans have gotten used to you sharing the less perfect parts of your life —your fertility struggle, the daily internet harassment you weather with such strength and perspective — but that doesn’t make your honesty on this subject less remarkable. Thank you for talking about one more thing that we don’t talk about enough: the week-to-week or day-to-day struggle many women have with alcohol, no matter how successful they are, no matter how famous, how happy, how beautiful, how #blessed."

Read it here.

"Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, & Kathryn Hahn Are 'Bad Moms.' Deal With It." By Allison Piwowarski

STX Entertainment

"It is a night shoot, the mall has been emptied of customers — though some stragglers stay behind to catch a glimpse of the action — and let's just say the Williams-Sonoma looks festive for May 11. Kunis, Bell, and Hahn are filming a scene where they wreak havoc on the mall, spike apple cider samples outside a shop, and take over the mall's PA system, spreading a message many moms during the holidays can identify with: when you're a mom, Christmas can suck."

Read it here.

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"Ivanka Trump's Book About Working Women, Edited By A Woman Who Works," By Ej Dickson

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"I didn’t share a single picture of Arabella publicly until after her first birthday, SO YOU MEAN YOU DIDN'T PUT ANY PHOTOS OF HER ON FACEBOOK OR INSTAGRAM? LOTS OF PARENTS DON'T POST PHOTOS OF THEIR KIDS ON SOCIAL MEDIA at which point the paparazzi snapped a photo of us at an airport. OH. OK, THAT'S NOT WHAT YOU MEANT AT ALL. I didn’t want the first photo of my daughter to be sold to the press, CUT, THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT AFFECTS ONLY YOU AND BLAKE LIVELY AND MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY so I posted an image myself on one of my social media accounts; after that, I began posting photos of our family more frequently. CAN YOU ADD WHAT APP YOU USE TO MAKE YOUR HAIR LOOK SO SHINY ON INSTAGRAM? THIS ISN'T AN EDITORIAL NOTE; I JUST WANNA KNOW."

Read it here.

"Hillary Clinton Still Believes It Takes A Village," By Olivia Hinebaugh

Courtesy of Hillary Clinton

"My desire to be the best mother in the world didn’t translate into knowledge about how to do it. I was pretty inept at first. At one point, Chelsea wouldn’t stop crying, and I was nearly frantic. Finally, I looked down at this tiny squirming infant and said to her, 'Chelsea, this is new for both of us. I’ve never been a mother before. You’ve never been a baby. We’re just going to have to help each other do the best we can.'"

Read it here.

"The Amount Of Emotional Labor We Put On Stay-At-Home Moms Is Horribly Unfair," By Gemma Hartley

Courtesy of Gemma Hartley

"This essential work is mostly invisible. My husband will always say something nice when the house is particularly clean when he comes home, but most of the work I do all day isn’t easy to spot. There is nothing to notice when the laundry is put away consistently each day or when I’ve smoothed over multiple tantrums or spent an afternoon working with our preschooler on writing her name or made the vet appointment for the cat. There’s certainly nothing to notice when I’ve been meal planning in my head, or worrying about the next level testing at gymnastics. Yet all of these things take effort and time. It is work, no matter how unappreciated and unnoticed."

Read it here.

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"19 Pregnancy Stock Photos That Should Be Banned From The Internet," By Steph Montgomery

Fotolia

"Why is she sitting on the cold floor in lingerie (which is, of course, white)? Someone get that woman a chair."

Read it here.

"Please Stop Telling Moms We Have To Love Our Post-Baby Body," By Candace Ganger

Ashley Batz/Romper

"I mean, my body is different. It doesn't look right, doesn't work right, and quite frankly, I am more than a little pissed off at it right now. Yes, I know I just grew a human and that's amazing, but I can think childbirth is amazing and not love the body that did that amazing thing. The two are not mutually exclusive."

Read it here.

"8 Total MindF*ck Double Standards Society Has About C-Sections," By Jamie Kenney

Courtesy of Jamie Kenney

"Society: 'This is your birth experience! All doctors everywhere, in every instance, are only interested in money, which means they are going to want to get you in and out as quickly as possible. Advocate for yourself! ... If you listen to your doctor and you wind up getting a C-section it is a moral failing and you should be ashamed for not standing up to the Industrial Medical Complex.'

Also society: 'Your doctor is a well-educated, infallible medical professional. What you want, think, or feel doesn't matter.'"

Read it here.

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"The Pressure To Breastfeed Is Putting New Moms At Risk" By Mary Sauer

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“'I would hide in the shower so I could cry and my husband would literally beg me to stop breastfeeding,' she said. 'He said it wasn’t worth what it was doing to me.' Though she did eventually switch to formula, she said she felt so ashamed of her choice that she refused to leave the house for months."

Read it here.

"Childbirth Absolutely Changed The Way I Orgasm," By Elle Stanger

Courtesy of Elle Stanger

"I was a tough woman, or so I had thought, but I felt betrayed by my own body, like I was physiologically incapable of having an easier birth. I'd been having clitoral orgasms since I was a child, but now I was a mother, a grown woman. The level of pain that I lived though made me desire a deeper understanding of my inner parts. I am a strong Viking woman, or so I had thought. I'd sat through tattoos in my armpits and on my scalp with hardly a squirm. I'd been in knuckle-bloodying fistfights as a teenager. I'd climbed the trees and crashed the bicycles. But as a grown woman, I was shocked at how shook I felt by my own childbirth. After reaching the pit of agony stretched through my birth canal, I felt that I owed it to myself to discover the peak of its ecstasy."

Read it here.

"No, Seriously, Naming My Baby Almost Destroyed My Marriage," By Ej Dickson

Courtesy of Ej Dickson

"I didn't think it would be this difficult. My husband and I agree about most things — politics, religion, the weirdly unacknowledged annoyingness of Kristen Wiig — so I figured coming up with a name for our child would be a snap."

Read it here.

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"White Women Still Haven't Learned A Damn Thing," By April Daniels Hussar

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"I’m one of the good ones, I want to tell myself.

But the thing is… so many moms like me think we’re one of the good ones. Even the moms who voted for Trump. Even, yes, the moms who voted for Moore. Very few of these women are rubbing their hands together as they cast votes for someone just to be evil. They're telling themselves that they just can't go against their beliefs about abortion. They're telling themselves that this is the kind of man who can keep them safe, and protected. They're simply upholding the status quo — a status quo that has been so, so carefully constructed over years and years and years to make all of us white women feel cushioned and protected."

Read it here.

"I Ate One Junk Food To Induce Labor, & It Worked Like A Charm" By Gemma Hartley

Courtesy of Gemma Hartley

"I made the whole box and artfully arranged them on a platter, which I ate in the backyard at sunset like a goddess. There were still two poppers left on the plate when I had to make my first emergency trip to the bathroom, but don’t worry, I came back and finished them. I am no quitter."

Read it here.

"I've Drilled Little Kids To Fight Back Against Active Shooters," By De Elizabeth

Fotolia

"The main reason I hated ALICE Drill days was the simple fact that these were children, practicing what to do if a gunman came to their school. This wasn’t a fire drill, or a tornado drill. Mass shootings are not accidents, or scientific forces of nature. They’d be completely avoidable with the implementation of common-sense gun policies. And that’s what is so infuriating here; instead of our lawmakers taking action to ensure that no one ever brings a machine gun into a school, teachers have to take time away from learning to inform students what to do if it happens."

Read it here.

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"I Rewatched 'Hocus Pocus' & As A Mom, I Have Some Thoughts," By Chrissy Bobic

Buena Vista Pictures

"Now that I'm a parent, it's almost like approaching this film with a fresh pair of eyes. I find myself less focused on the magic of it all and more focused on the total lack of adult supervision throughout the entire story. (Though if you don't think I still burst into song during that 'I Put A Spell On You' scene, think again.)"

Read it here.

"Chelsea Clinton On Why We Need To Talk About Motherhood & Time," By Margaret Wheeler Johnson

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"There are very real, structural challenges that women face to spending time with their kids right from the time they are born. For starters, the United States is one of only nine countries across the world that doesn’t mandate maternity leave — and the only developed country. This is outrageous."

Read it here.

"I Asked My 4-Year-Old Son Why He Hates Daycare. His Answer Was Heartbreaking." By Katie Alicea

Courtesy of Katie Alicea

"The first thing I did was tell him I was so sorry he was feeling that way and calmly asked him why. He sat quiet for a few seconds and then said, 'Because I don't like my skin. I want to be white like you. My skin is too dark and I want to be rebuilt into a new boy with white skin.'"

Read it here.

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"I Was Rejected By 6 Different OBs When I Found Out I Was Pregnant," By Marie Southard Ospina

Courtesy of Marie Southard Ospina

"I then started making the rounds on a list of OBs covered by my insurance policy and within 30 miles of my home. But every one of them vocalized some derivative of that first call: 'We can't be liable for any possible problems.' Or, upon finding out that my partner and I planned on moving to England to raise the child, 'Taking on a new patient for such a limited time isn't worth our resources.' With every conversation, I grew more and more familiar with the unofficial script for 'How To Turn Down A Scared Woman Who Didn't Know She Was Carrying A Life Inside Her.'"

Read it here.

"'To The Bone' Says What No One Else Will About Pregnancy & Eating Disorders," By Danielle Campoamor

Netflix

"Popular culture tends to view motherhood through a gauzy, oversimplified lens: it's the white knight of life choices, a decision that will erase all your problems and replace them with baby snuggles and divine purpose and a maternal sense of self. But in To the Bone, it's clear that motherhood is not a cure for eating disorders. It wasn't enough to keep Megan from purging after she ate, and the birth of my son wasn't enough to keep me from doing the same."

Read it here.

"Do I Owe It To My Kids To Come Out As Bi — Even Though I'm Married To Their Dad?" By Jamie Kenney

Courtesy of Jamie Kenney

"Most people assume I'm straight, and I can't blame them for their confusion. After all, I'm a monogamous, cisgender woman married to a cisgender man, and I've never been in a same-sex relationship. And it's not like I have a huge tattoo across my chest that says "Bi Life." (Note to self: maybe get huge tattoo across chest that says "Bi Life.") While being labeled straight makes me feel misunderstood and unseen, I can't deny that it imbues me and my family with enormous amounts of privilege that, say, a bisexual woman in a same-sex relationship would not enjoy."

Read it here.

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"Meet The "Bereavement Doulas" Who Offer Comfort to Grieving Mothers," By Mary Sauer

"'Some doulas understandably feel comfortable only in the joyful spaces of welcoming new life, yet I strongly believe that the line is thin between welcoming life and saying goodbye,' Blackwood says. 'Mothers deserve to be nurtured, cared for and listened to, whether they're birthing a full-term, healthy baby or a baby who isn't going to live.'"

Read it here.

"Kelly Rowland Is Raising Her Son To Be Proud Of His Voice," By Allison Piwowarski

Dimitrios Kambouris / Staff/ Getty

"'I remember when one of the killings happened, one of our boys — I'm saying our boys because I can feel for the actual mother who lost her blood child — my best friend's son kept asking "What happened, why did they kill him?,"' she tells me on the phone. 'So many different questions, and I'm thinking, "Oh my god, my son is going to ask me these questions that are going to make me completely uncomfortable, but how do I answer him?"'"

Read it here.

"How We All Became Target Mom," By Emily Brown

Youtube

"The country is riven, and yet Target Mom crosses cultural and partisan boundaries. She is in Atlanta, in Chicago, in Austin, in Burlington, forever prying gingerbread house kits from the hands of her toddler or throwing miniature Hunter boots that are unaccounted for in the budget into her cart. We are all Target Mom."

Read it here.

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"In The Wake Of Hurricane Harvey, These Women Are Stranded & Running Out Of Time," By Danielle Campoamor

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"The gravity, exhaustion, and tempered anger in Poppy's voice was staggering, especially as she continued. 'As far as the 20-week ban, these women are going to have to go to New Mexico or somewhere else now, if they can. That's really going to be their only option if they're that far along. There is Fund Texas Choice, who might be able to help them, and some funding agencies that might be able to help them, but obviously that's the most difficult area of need — where these women are right up against a wall.'"

Read it here.

"I'm A Transgender Mom, & No One Told Me How Hard It'd Be To Find My Own Style," By Katelyn Burns

"For me, makeup was like armor. I figured that if I applied it well enough, people wouldn’t be as likely to clock me as a trans woman. So I’d insist on wearing a full face of makeup before leaving my apartment, much to the chagrin of my then-boyfriend and children. 'When are we going to go?' my 7-year-old would whine by the time I got to my eyeshadow."

Read it here.

"I’m An Indian-American Woman, & Let Me Tell You, Mindy Kaling’s Pregnancy Is Revolutionary," By Yasmine Singh

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"In American popular culture, we've typically only seen Indian women depicted as either unwilling partners in arranged marriages or women who are pressured to choose partners who will meet their parents' approval. In movies like Bend It Like Beckham, Meet the Patels, and, to some degree, Master of None, we've seen this narrative time and again."

Read it here.

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"15 Things A Pregnant Woman Really Means When She Says She’s 'Uncomfortable,'" By Jamie Kenney

Ashley Batz/Romper

"My firstborn spent basically my entire pregnancy huddled up as high as he could possible go in my uterus. I've interpreted this to mean that he would be an ambitious person who always wanted to be on top, and that he is the most stubborn person on the planet and didn't want to come out, so he kept himself as far from my cervix as he could. Whether or not that's true, what's definitely true is the fact that he put pressure on my diaphragm and lungs and I couldn't get a deep breath in for months."

Read it here.

"Here’s What Happens If The ACA Is Repealed & You’re Pregnant," By Tiffany Thomas

Pixabay

"'[The doctors] told me upfront that it’s too bad we missed that initial ultrasound because we’d know where [the placenta] was, and if there was one or two. If they had known that was a risk factor, they would have taken greater care.'"

Read it here.

"The Man Who Assaulted Me Put My Photo On His Dating Profile. Here's What I Did." By Josephine Yurcaba

Courtesy of Josephine Yurcaba

"When I got the emails stating that he had been kicked off, I was mostly stunned. Ihad expected them to just delete the photo, or maybe attempt to talk to him. When they notified me that he had been banned from both platforms, I went into the bathroom to cry at work. I felt like I had succeeded, for the first time in years, at making people recognize what had happened to me."

Read it here.

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"9 Things White Families Don’t Understand About Piercing A Baby’s Ears," By Priscilla Blossom

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"As I mentioned before, my mother pierced my ears, and her mom pierced her babies’ ears, and so on and so forth. It’s a big part of the culture in many places. From Latina America to India to parts of Africa and the Middle East, people pierce their baby’s ears early. It’s like the turkey at Thanksgiving or the male circumcision — except ear piercings are nowhere near as invasive as circumcision and won’t make you sleepy like a plate of turkey."

Read it here.

"Tess Holliday Is Leaning Into The Chaos Of Parenting & Coming Out On Top," By Leah Rocketto

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"'I definitely felt like I had to relearn who I was, and relearn my body and how clothes fit on me,' Holliday says. 'It felt like everything that kind of made me feel like me was stripped away a bit.' But after reconnecting with the Tess she knew, she realized putting pressure on herself to return to her pre-baby appearances was absurd."

Read it here.

"I Pooped On The Table During Delivery, But No One Would Admit It To Me," By Ceilidhe Wynn

Courtesy of Ceilidhe Wynn

"Being awkward and accepting one's awkwardness still does not fully prepare one to actually take a number two on the delivery table. When it happened, I had just gotten an epidural so pushing was an exciting, pain-free, if tiring process. And even though I couldn't feel anything from my waist down, as I started to push I could feel a pressure ... in my butt."

Read it here.

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"I'm Miscarrying Right Now, & It's Only Strengthening My Beliefs About Abortion," By Danielle Campoamor

Courtesy of Danielle Campoamor

"Miscarriage and abortion are sisters. Just like my body knew what to do when an abnormal embryo implanted itself in my uterus, my mind knew what to do when a healthy embryo found its way to the soft lining of my uterine wall back when I was 23 years old, in an unhealthy relationship, living paycheck-to-paycheck, unwilling and unable to be a mother. They haven't always synced up, my body and my mind, but even separately they've known what to do at different times in my life. I do not regret my decision to have an abortion."

Read it here.

"When Should You Stop Being Naked In Front Of Your Kids?" By Megan Zander

Fotolia

"In B.C. years (that's Before Children), you'd think nothing of walking naked from the shower to your closet or being topless for a few minutes while you hunt through the laundry pile for a bra. And when your baby was still a baby, you probably didn't change your naked ways all that much. But as your child gets older and refuses to let the bathroom door close unless they're on the other side with you, you might start to wonder if you need to to start covering up. Is there a point at which allowing your kids to see you naked isn't the best thing for their development, or is simply inappropriate?"

Read it here.

"I Quit My Job To Travel The Country With My Kids In An RV, & It's The Best Decision I Ever Made," By Michelle Neale

Courtesy of Michelle Neale

"Now that we’ve been on the road for almost a year, it’s amazing to see how little stuff our family actually needs to get by. Because we only packed what we could fit into our 300-square foot RV, we have very few unnecessary items. We bought a Costco chest freezer to store food, but it seems unnecessary now that we are managing with a standard freezer and a small fridge. Kitchen supplies, pots and pans, dishes — I don't miss any of it. The things we do miss, like an oven, counter space, or a second bathroom, still feel like fair trade-offs for the freedom and simplicity we are experiencing on the road."

Read it here.

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"Honestly, Sometimes I'm Uncomfortable With My Children Making White Friends," By Margaret e Jacobsen

Courtesy of Margaret e Jacobsen

"In the past, I never really thought about my children making friends with white children. For the most part, I was just happy they were making friends. But one day at my son Beck's preschool, I was talking to another mother about being black and raising a mixed son. She turned to me and said, 'We don't even see Beck's color! He's just Chance's friend!'

It felt like someone had kicked me in my stomach. "

Read it here.

"Women In Prison Are Fighting For The Right To Breastfeed — & So Far, It's Not Going Well," By Emily Baron Cadloff

Netflix

"'Every prison has kitchens and industrial refrigerators,” Fettig said. “You could say ‘OK, we’ll store it up to a week, and you can have a family member or next of kin come and pick it up, and then if no one does, then we’ll dispose of it.’ That would be a fair thing to do. The problem is that across the country, institutions have no policies at all. They don’t try [to support nursing mothers] in the least. And by failing to do so, they’re actually hurting people in the community, specifically the child.'"

Read it here.

"21 Signs You’ve Let Yourself Go After Having A Baby," By Jamie Kenney

Ashley Batz/Romper

"Let me make one thing super clear, by the way, because I will no doubt be accused of being 'catty' or 'judgmental' or 'unfair to women who don't adhere to a very specific and unrealistic set of societal standards that basically exist to make women feel terrible about themselves.' I talk like this because I care so damn much. I believe mothers deserve to be treated like sex objects whose primary function is aesthetic and sexual pleasure of others, just like all other women! #MommysAreWorthIt! So when they let themselves go, and peek behind the curtain of society's expectations for ideal beauty and appearance, I'm like, 'Run, girl! Run! You can't ever unsee what's behind there! We'll never get you back if you do!'"

Read it here.

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"Actually, Exclusive Breastfeeding Is Impossible For Most Moms," By Steph Montgomery

Ashley Batz/Romper

"According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, many moms find the reality of breastfeeding to be so much harder than they expected. Another study found milk supply issues, returning to work, and infant and maternal illness to be reasons for stopping breastfeeding or supplementing with formula. In Lanisoh's survey of over 13,000 new moms, the main challenge for moms across the globe was pain while breastfeeding. None of the aforementioned reasons for weaning came a surprise to me at all, and most can't be changed by more breastfeeding education alone. The truth is, exclusive breastfeeding is another example of something that sounds great in theory, but completely falls apart in reality for so many moms."

Read it here.

"I Didn't Want To Give Birth Naked, & Here's How That Went," By Megan Whitaker

Fotolia

"I was 100 percent on board for my natural, unmedicated birth-center delivery. But I figured I could be natural without being 'au naturale.' It wasn’t like I was planning a water birth. And even those women always seem to have on sports bras in the YouTube videos I’d seen.

I heard it again a week later in a documentary. Then again in a book. Something about a woman’s animal instinct coming out and her inhibitions disappearing.

My inhibitions are steel. Mine are solid. I don’t do naked."

Read it here.

"In America, It's Almost Impossible To Find A Job When You're Pregnant," By Danielle Campoamor

Fotolia

"According to the law, 'a woman cannot be fired, denied a promotion, demoted or forced to stop working because she is or might become pregnant, and employers cannot refuse to hire someone because she is or might become pregnant.' But a survey of 500 managers by law firm Slater & Gordon found that 40 percent of managers would 'rather employ a man in his 20s or 30s over a woman of the same age for fear of maternity leave.'"

Read it here.

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"Guys, Can We Just Talk About Queefing During Labor Already?" By Maureen Shaw

Courtesy of Maureen Shaw

"As luck would have it, I was the only woman on the floor delivering that night, so I had the maternity ward staff mostly to myself. I didn’t have to wait for my epidural, and my OB-GYN and nurse spent a decent amount of time with me while I labored. We chatted for hours, which made an otherwise scary experience rather pleasant.

Then it happened."

Read it here.

"My Trans Son Isn't A "Disruption," He's A Goddamn Human Being," By B R Sanders

Courtesy of B R Sanders

"Trump's policy reversal will have a devastating effect on the thousands of transgender service people in the military right now. But it will have devastating downstream effects on transgender youth, too. Trump is sending my transgender son the message that the fact that he is transgender is strange and discomfiting. He is saying to my son that he is unfit – not only for military service, but also to be among cisgender kids at school. He is saying that my son is not a boy, with the rights of a normal human boy. In the eyes of the President, my son is a transgender. And this is terrifying."

Read it here.

"I Tried A Breastfeeding Bodysuit, & I Learned Something Important About Physics," By Janet Manley

"I am still nursing at 11 months, which I consider a small victory against the demands of office work, but it means my boobs are not the volleyballs of the newborn period. Rather, they have the collapsed look of oxygen masks dangling inside the cabin of a plane. Often when I wonder if my son is actually getting any milk, I remember those safety demos that have been drilled into our subconsciouses: Bag may not inflate but oxygen is flowing."

Read it here.

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20 Of The Most Popular Unisex Names Of All Time, That You'll Be Hearing More Of For Sure

You might think of unisex names as a fairly recent trend, but the truth is these versatile monikers have been commonly used throughout history (well, some more commonly than others). That's why the team over at Names.org recently compiled a list of t…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

How To Have A Date Night With No Babysitter, Because It's Easier Than You Think

After having children, many couples feel that their love lives immediately go out the window, but it's so important to make your romantic life a priority so both you and your partner can be the best versions of yourselves you can be. As we all know, …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

9 Ways Baby No. 3 Made My Family Feel Complete

My husband and I decided to have another baby right after we got married and, well, we had no idea what we were getting into. I got pregnant right away, endured a high-risk pregnancy, and, before I knew it, my third baby had arrived. Together, we emb…
By Steph Montgomery

8 Stereotypes About New Dads That Are *Totally* True

Much like new mothers, new fathers have a lot on their plate. Parenting can be scary and complex, especially at first and regardless of your gender. People want to do right by their kids, after all. And since all new parents are a hot mess, dads are …
By Priscilla Blossom

8 Differences Between Being Pregnant In Your 20s Vs 30s, According To Science

Whether you're planning a pregnancy, or just thinking about your future family, it's typical to think about things like child-spacing, how many kids you want, and when to start trying to conceive. When making your pro/con list, you might also conside…
By Steph Montgomery

16 Moms Share Remedies For Their Most Intense Chocolate Cravings During Pregnancy

For better or worse, pregnancy is usually synonymous with odd cravings. Sure, there are the stereotypical combos like pickles and ice cream that plague gestating women the world over, but there are other mind-boggling combinations, too, including but…
By Candace Ganger

Putting Sunscreen On Your Kid Doesn't Have To Be A Fight — Here's How To Do It

I am almost translucent, so me and sunscreen are basically besties at this point. Even though my children are beautifully deep brown thanks to my husband's genetics, I still slather them like biscuits being buttered because I refuse to take risks wit…
By Cat Bowen

7 Things A Mom Really Means When She Says She Doesn't Want Anything On Mother's Day

Every year my family asks me what I want for Mother's Day, and every single year I tell them the same thing: Nothing. So, by now, they know that when I say "nothing" I absolutely do not mean "nothing." In fact, there are more than a few things a mom …
By Candace Ganger

19 Moms Share The Way They Cured Their Pregnancy Comfort Food Cravings

I was obnoxiously sick during the first trimester with, "lucky" for me, both of my pregnancies. For the first three months I lived on saltines, lemonade, and fresh bread. Once I was able to eat, however, all I wanted was savory and sweet comfort food…
By Dina Leygerman

8 Fascinating Facts About Babies Born In May, The Luckiest Month Of All

The height of all things fresh and springy, May is an excellent month to have a baby. It's a time of growth, graduations, and outdoor celebrations. And these fascinating facts about May babies will give you more reasons than ever to appreciate childr…
By Lindsay E. Mack

I Used To Judge Formula-Feeding Moms — Until I Became One

The other patrons in the hip Brooklyn restaurant probably couldn’t care less what I was feeding my baby, but I’ll always remember the shame I felt as I quickly mixed up his bottle of formula in front of them. I admitted to my childless friend that I …
By Katherine Martinelli

7 White Lies It’s Necessary To Tell To Keep Your Relationship Healthy

Telling lots of lies typically isn't associated with a healthy, strong, lasting relationship, and that's still certainly true, but not all lies are exactly the same. Though you've probably heard from someone at least once or twice that the lie they t…
By Lauren Schumacker

The Skinny Jeans That Saved Me Postpartum

Accepting my post-pregnancy body is hands-down one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. It’s something that I still work on every single day. During my first pregnancy, I was 20 years old, so I managed to bounce back quickly. In fact, I dropp…
By Allison Cooper

7 Ways Your Baby Is Trying To Say They Feel Safe

In those first weeks of new motherhood, it can feel like you need an interpreter for your newborn. With their limited means of communication, figuring out what message your baby is trying to get across to you can be a challenge. With time, however, y…
By Kimmie Fink

Here's Why Dogs Are Obsessed With Babies' Poop, According To Science

Most family dogs seem to understand babies, and they're more than happy to make friends with the newest member of the pack. It's adorable... for the most part and until you go to change your little one's diaper. Suddenly, you're wondering why dogs ar…
By Lindsay E. Mack

6 Signs You're Meant To Have A Big Age Gap Between Kids

There's a five year age difference between my two children, to the day. Their age gap wasn't planned but, for a variety of reasons, works well for our family. And since I was so focused on having a second baby, I totally overlooked the signs that wou…
By Candace Ganger

Here's How To Introduce Your Pet To Your Baby & Make Everything As Calm As Possible

Our home, which we lovingly refer to as “the funny farm,” is filled with four-legged family members. We have two crazy beagles and two cat jerks, and boy are they loved and spoiled. (As they should be.) But we are now finally having a baby of our own…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

Here's The Right Birth Method For You, According To Your Zodiac Sign

If you're pregnant, you've probably given childbirth some serious thought. Some moms-to-be prepare a meticulous birth plan, while others are comfortable just going with the flow. And me? Well, I made a plan... but that plan was useless when faced wit…
By Steph Montgomery

My Dog Knew I Was Pregnant Before My Family Did

Growing up, I was 100 percent sure I'd be a mom one day. To a dog, that is. My baby plans came later. And once my husband and I were sure we wanted both a dog and a baby, we'd add to our joint dog-and-baby name list over Sunday brunch or on date nigh…
By Melissa Mills
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