Oh, Baby! Words of Wisdom (and Wellness) From Moms

Motherhood is a journey. A journey of epic, life changing proportions. And as a momma-to-be, my path is filled with worry, confusion, excitement, adrenaline, anxiety and an undeniable heightened sense of wellbeing.

Whether it’s what I digest, how I relax or when I choose to workout, it’s hard to believe that anything will fully prepare me for the world of wonder that is being a mom. Becoming a first time mother, my advice, fitness routines, and maternity style tips might not be things of legend, but I do know quite a few mom rockstars who have some pretty epic words (and stories) to share that encompass their overall sense of wellness and balance. Trust me, it isn’t always pretty, but it sure is magical.

So I picked up my phone, dialed in my mom posse and curated words of realistic wisdom from the front lines about how it feels to be a momma this Mother’s Day.

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“One of the most surprising transitions that has taken place is my increased self awareness. Knowing that every minute I’m with my daughter I’m setting an example for her has made me strive to be the best version of myself.” – Beth | San Diego, CA | Mother of one

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“I just hit my one year mark of being a mom and the journey into motherhood has been one hell of a ride – filled with many life lessons, shifts in identity, long, exhausting days and nights and not nearly enough time. And all of this because a beautiful sweet soul chose me to be his Mama. Being a Mom is miraculous and I am so honored to be Benjamin’s Mom.” – Nicole | Redondo Beach, CA | Mother of one

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“Feels great to be a dog mom and always have someone excited to see me when I open the door, even if it’s only been 5 minutes. And on the flip side it is exciting to come home and see what kinda nonsense he has gotten into during the day (puts our socks in his bed, rips apart toys, get to read his “report card” from his dog walker – never thought I’d be curious to hear about someone’s pooping habits, but I am!).” – Blair | Hoboken, NJ | Dog momma

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“I was sitting in my rocking chair topless pumping and praying the milk would come while dry heaving and fighting through a migraine yesterday. The dry heaving made it feel as though each staple from my unplanned C section at just 35 weeks pregnant was tearing a hole through my insides. I hadn’t slept in two days. I was constipated and scared I would never lose the weight I gained during pregnancy. I was sick with worry my preemie wouldn’t gain the weight he needed to grow strong. I hadn’t showered or brushed my teeth. And all I could think about was how I had never been happier in my entire life.” – Danielle | Pompton Lakes, NJ | New mother

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“Being a mom of two boys in a nutshell? I want them to be as self-sufficient as possible all while teaching them to laugh and understand jokes so they get the best out of life! On top of that, I’m expected to be a mind reader and an octopus.”  – Andrea | Chicago, IL | Mother of two 

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“Being a Mom? In one way it’s so easy and also so hard. It’s so many things!!! Definitely all types of emotions come to mind. But in a nutshell it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.” – Lindsay | Berkshire, MA | Mother of two with two on the way!

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“The love you give and receive being a mother is unlike any other love a person will ever feel in their lifetime. It is so magical that it’s almost indescribable. Being a mother, my job never ends and it is exhausting at times, but the reward is so incredible that it makes everything worth it.” – Melany | San Diego, CA | Mother of two  

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“Being a mom is the most important job you ever have. The times you fail will tear you apart and crush your heart but the times succeed will make you soar and light up your soul!” – Diana | Solana Beach, CA | Mother of three

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“I almost can’t remember what my life was like before being a Mom. I classify time based on that designation – ‘that was before I became a mom’ and ‘since I’ve had kids.’ ” – Nicole | Oconomowoc, WI | Mother of two 

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“Motherhood, at five years and three babies in, is a serendipitous series of extremes that you learn to manage and love. Wow, do you love it … You learn to push the curiosity of others while you worry. You silently take a tight hold and smile when these little people find their own passions, letting their sweet reality replace the fantasy that was living in your mind. You struggle finding clothes that fit while shedding a happy tear that you walk around in a magical temple that grew and housed these perfect babies. You provide everything, constantly, yet strategically withhold so they can learn and thrive. You bicker with your partner about balanced meals and bedtime routines in the same breath that is taken away by a new,  deeper love for him as he helps you navigate this new territory as a mother. It’s constantly empowering and humbling at the same damn time.” – Jennifer | The Berkshires, MA | Mother of three

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“Being a mom is the single most exhausting, exhilarating, rewarding job I’ve ever taken; under the incredibly snuggly iron fist of three darling dictators.” – Paige | San Diego, CA | Mother of 3

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“Being a Mom opens your heart to love and challenges like you’ve never known. It’s the best love/hate roller coaster ride of my life. And you end up never caring about being watched while you poo again!” – Sarah | Merrimac, MA | Mother of two  

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“I assumed I would be a Mom as soon as I was ready for a family. I never imagined checking ovulation tests and temperatures, have intimacy become a chore, and seeing negative pregnancy tests month after month. I felt there was something wrong with me, with us as a couple. Going through infertility treatments was a very scary process. I remember the call telling us we had 20 eggs and all of them made it to day three embryos! Then the call that only a few survived. I consider myself a strong person, I knew these things happen. Yet, I felt so inadequate. And then the test came back positive! I have never felt gratitude like that before. Every day, my son is growing inside of me, I am filled with gratitude, that he survived, that the three of us made it here together. I will always remember that he is a fit I may have never had, and will never take the for granted.” – Roshan | San Diego, CA | Expecting mother

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“My every waking moment involves some sort of strategy. Triage who? First, get through this errand how, and it goes on. I call it #thestrugglejuggle. You spend your time struggling to juggle (life with kids). Lol. But I love every ounce of it and try to soak up every fast moving moment that I can because everything is temporary – the good, bad and the ugly. If I could freeze time I would. I kiss my girls a million times a day and probably tell them I love them an absurd amount of times a day. But there is never too much love. Just never.” – Kate | Tahoe, CA | Mother of two

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“Being a mom is the most rewarding and hardest job I have ever had. You can go from feeling crazy and overwhelmed where you pulling your hair out to beaming with pride and shedding tears of joy within minutes. My reward is seeing my children grow into beautiful human beings and they make me prouder each and every day. I could never imagine life without them.” – Amber | Lee, MA | Mother of two 

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“Being a mom to me is bittersweet. I am always so excited to watch them grow, change and reach amazing milestones,but I am finding time passes too quickly.” – Beth | Belchertown, MA | Mother of two 

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“When I think about being a mom… overall happy thoughts, thoughts that put a smile to my face, fill me with warmth of love and brings me to the verge of tears (happy tears); but in the same thought I drift to the overwhelming obligations that are facing me and the inability to meet them all (or at least to the level of quality that I would like). The feeling of inadequacy and not be able to give 100% to anything brings me back to reality.” – Sherri | Castleton, NY | Mother of three 

If you’re local in San Diego and are searching to find your tribe to be alongside during your journey, please check out our favorite mother-loving studios: Discover your Glow, BirthFit and Nature’s Whisper on the Lymber app today!