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When you’re becoming a parent for the first time, so much is unknown: Will you be the confident mom who doesn’t second-guess her decisions or the one who stays up at night to overthink things for the third time? Will you have strict expectations for your children’s behavior or encourage them to find their own ways? Will you be the mom who sets up playdates with carefully crafted snack options for the kids or the one who can barely make school drop-off in time?


With so many variables, it would sure be nice to have some hint as to how you’ll parent—and understanding your zodiac sign may help.

“Astrology allows a symbolic way to understand yourself,” popular YouTube astrologer Nadiya Shah tells Motherly. “It’s an opportunity to consider who you are, and be honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses.”

The benefit to knowing this is that you can really lean into your powers, parenting coach and astrologer Tara Vogel tells Motherly.

“If you do your sign well, you’ll feel confident and a strong sense of vigor and vitality in your life—quite important to do the tough job of being a mom,” Vogel says.

Regardless of whether you’re an astrology skeptic or a believer, there is something undeniably fun about considering just what your sun sign may reveal about your personality as a parent.

Here are the super powers and downfalls the different zodiac signs may offer moms:

Aries (March 21 to April 19)

The first sign in the Western astrological order, the symbol of a ram is well-suited to the Aries mom—who is likely passionate and determined to help her children excel.

The Aries mama should just be careful not to make all the decisions for her children. Shah says, “They may need to watch an emphasis on competitiveness, or being too ‘all in’, as children will benefit from figuring some things out on their own.”

To feel balanced in her own life, the Aries mama should also be aware of when she’s on the edge of burning out, Vogel adds.

“As an Aries mom, you have so much drive, focus and ambition, just don’t let it—or that competitive feistiness—get the best of you,” Vogel says. “You need lots of physical activity to feel balanced.”

Taurus (April 20 to May 20)

Although the Taurus symbol is a bull, the typical mama born in late April or early May likely won’t take any of it thanks to their focused and goal-oriented personalities.

But, when those goals are met, Taurus moms are quick to shower their children with rewards. Shah adds, “The key here is to ensure the intrinsic value of the task, doing something for the inherent reward of it being a job well done.”

Thanks to those strong work-ethics, Taurus mamas may also be prone to getting down on themselves when things don’t go their way. But Vogel explains the earth and music are two of the Taurus mama’s “biggest teachers,” so it may help to break out of the funk by going on a walk or listening to a favorite song.

Gemini (May 21 to June 20)

Gemini moms will be the first to get down and engage in playtime with their children and love nothing more than good, connecting conversations with their kids.

Although Vogel says the Gemini mom will never struggle to have a fun time with her kids, she does need to remember the parent’s job is also to provide structure. She adds, “Give them predictability, boundaries and use lots of your patience with them and you’ll reap the benefits.”

Cancer (June 21 to July 22)

It’s no coincidence if many of the mamas in your baby-wearing group have the Cancer sign as they value attachment the most of all zodiac signs.

“They throw themselves into the role and are the most likely to strongly identify with their role as a parent,” she says. “But they actually make better moms when they maintain some sense of independence and of themselves. Strive not to take being a mom so seriously, and it’ll be a more enjoyable journey.”

Vogel adds that while being a mama may come very natural to those born under the Cancer sign, it’s essential to still give those bear cubs a little space to explore.

Leo (July 23 to August 22)

Leo mamas are likely to thrive in the role—as long as they recognize parenting is about more than holding power. “Ultimately, approaching parenting with some humility will allow them to see how your child is teaching you as much as you are them,” Shah explains.

To find that balance, Vogel recommends taking time to recharge and step back from parenting on a daily basis. And as a sign that soaks up the sun, she suggests aiming to get outdoors as often as possible.

Virgo (August 23 to September 22)

Virgo moms have incredible memories and attention to detail—with the pitfall coming when they get too focused on small matters.

“Either you have your family on a very efficient schedule or you get caught up in judging yourself harshly against other moms and how they manage their families and feel like you’re always falling short,” Vogel says. “It’s helpful to lighten up by going with the flow as often as you can.”

Virgo moms should also take care to give grace to others in their lives. “You have high standards for yourself that other moms don’t have,” Vogel adds. “ Just don’t get into the trap of judging them for it. Celebrate your own desire for quality and excellence.”

Libra (September 23 to October 22)

Libra moms don’t have to try hard to see the beauty in the world. It’s just the matter of keeping daily operations moving that may be a challenge.

“Libra moms enjoy creating a serene and beautiful environment for their children. They might be inclined towards creating memorable, social moments,” Shah says. “While these things do matter, consider how the nitty gritty has it own beauty as well.”

You’re also likely to have a solid relationship—as Vogel says Libra moms thrive in partnerships as long as they still remember to stand up for themselves.

Scorpio (October 23 to November 21)

Scorpio mamas are in it to win it—just like in all aspects of life. But when it comes to parenting, a mama born under the Scorpio sign has the advantage of intuition.

“You have a lot of strength and will power which will serve you well as you navigate the ins and outs of motherhood,” Vogel explains. “You’re not afraid to have those tough conversations with your kids—think changing bodies and sex.”

She cautions not to take things too seriously, adding, “A gift you can give children and ultimately yourself is to ease up on the need to want to control things. “

Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21)

A Sagittarius mama has probably always liked to follow the rules and now expects the same of her children. “This is wonderful, but at the same time, be mindful not to be too dogmatic in your thinking or your rules,” Shah says. “Morality is about wrong and right, and doesn’t have to follow a specific set of rules as its only expression.”

At the same time, you’re probably a fan of spontaneity and fun. Your children are bound to have amazing memories from the travel and unique experiences you’ve shared.

Capricorn (December 22 to January 19)

Capricorn moms will be the first to wish for more hours in the day—as they are extremely ambitious and eager to check all items off the to-do list. When it comes to parenting, this can set an impossible pace, so be sure to schedule in some downtime.

“You may find yourself worrying about things more often than feels good to you. You are pretty hard on yourself,” Vogel says. “Getting outside and putting your bare feet on the earth can be restorative and help you to relax.  Just know, Capricorn mama, that you are doing a much better job than you think you are!”

Aquarius (January 20 to February 18)

Prone to eccentricities and thinking outside the box, a mom born under the Aquarius sign will encourage her kids to chase their wildest dreams.

“They key here is to ensue your child also feels a sense of stability in their process,” Shah says. “There are times when you’ll have to embrace being the boss, while finding the balance between setting the rules and explaining the value of them to your children.”

Pisces (February 19 to March 20)

Creative Pisces moms will never struggle to come up with amazing bedtime stories or to foster deep connections with their kids—so be sure to feed that sense of imagination on a regular basis. (Not hard with kids!)

Vogel advises not to get too lost in the role of parenting, as alone time is also essential to Pisces moms.

“If you don’t do this on a regular basis, you’ll feel the need to escape into something that may not really serve you—think chocolate, wine, shopping or Facebook,” she says. “Prioritizing self-care is important for a Piscan mama and will teach your kids so much by seeing their mom tend to her delicate and beautiful self.”

Each of the 12 zodiac signs offer unique strengths to mamas—so at the very least, let this be another reminder of how amazing you are!

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While breastfeeding might seem like a simple task, there are so many pieces to the puzzle aside from your breasts and baby. From securing a good latch, boosting your milk supply and navigating pumping at work or feeding throughout the night, there's a lot that mama has to go through—and a number of products she needs.

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Orange Is the New Black star Danielle Brooks is pregnant and frustrated. The actress took to Instagram this week to lament the lack of plus-sized options for pregnant people.

"It's so hard to find some clothes to wear today....Although I get to pregnant I still can't find no clothes. It's so hard to find some clothes when you're pregnant," she sings in a lighthearted yet serious video.

"It's so hard to find cute plus size maternity fashion while pregnant, but ima push through," she captioned the clip.

Brooks has been talking a lot this week about the issues people who wear plus size clothing face not just when trying to find clothes but in simply moving through a world that does not support them.

"I feel like the world has built these invisible bullets to bully us in telling us who we're supposed to be and what we're supposed to look like. And I've always had this desire to prove people wrong—to say that this body that I'm in is enough," she told SHAPE (she's on the new cover).

"Now that I'm about to be a mother, it means even more—to make sure that this human being I'm going to bring into the world knows that they are enough," she said.

Danielle Brooks is the body-positive hero we need right now. Now can someone make her some cute maternity clothes, please?

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In prior decades, body image issues usually didn't hit the scene until kids reached adolescence. But thanks to social media, and our culture's relentless pursuit of thinness, we now have to find creative ways to teach young children how to develop healthy body images.

Before I dive into some practical tips to help kids improve body image, I want to first diminish any shame that you might be feeling if you have body issues of your own. It's so important to remember that you downloaded every internal message from somewhere else. Of course, it's critical to work on your own issues, but it's also important to know it is not your fault that you developed them in the first place!

So, whether you are struggling with your own body image, or you love your body, here are some tools to help your child feel better about the precious body he or she lives in:

1. Break the spell

How do you know if your child has a bad body image? Perhaps they've begun making negative comments about their size or shape. Maybe they are comparing their body to others. Maybe they are avoiding foods or activities they once enjoyed because they feel uncomfortable about their body.

Often the most common response a parent has is to reassure their child that they are “fine," or “beautiful" or “perfect." And while there is certainly nothing wrong with some reassurance, it simply may not be enough to overpower the cultural messages kids are surrounded by. Reassure them that they are perfect just the way they are.

2. Unkind mind, kind mind and quiet mind

This little menu of options encourages kids to identify and differentiate between three different thinking states within themselves. I refer to them as “mind moods." Try teaching your child about these three states of mind and brainstorming examples of each. For example, unkind mind = “I hate my thighs." Kind mind = “I love singing." Quiet mind = Peacefully resting or playing.

This will raise their awareness of their thoughts and help them to choose their mind moods more consciously. As they learn to turn up the volume of their kind minds and spend more time in their quiet minds, they begin to feel more present and peaceful.

Once you have helped your child identify their unkind mind as a distinct voice, they can then try on some different responses and see which ones help bring them some relief. Try asking them to write or say all the messages their unkind mind is saying and practicing using strong, soft, silly or silent responses. Kids can learn that their unkind mind is not all of who they are, and that it doesn't have to run the show.

3. Get to the root

This concept helps kids discover what triggers their body dissatisfaction. You can help your child by asking questions or taking guesses about what might have started their bad body image. For example, I helped one 7-year old get to the root of her body obsession by noticing it started when there was a death in her family. Right around that time, her best friend started talking about dieting, so she latched onto food obsession as a distracting coping tool.

Once we uncovered this, she was able to learn about healthy grieving and truly healthy eating (as opposed to what the diet culture deems as healthy—which can actually be unhealthy).

4. Mind movies vs. really real

Try asking your child to show you some things around them that are real (i.e. things they can see, touch or hear). Then ask them if they can show you one single thought in their minds. You can playfully challenge them to take a thought out of their head and show it to you or fold it up and put it in their pocket. This tool teaches kids how to be more present.

Of course, they might use their imagination to do this, but with some finesse, you can teach your child to distinguish between the mind movies that cause them stress and the really real things around them. This is an immensely helpful tool that will not only help them with body image (since body image is one long mind movie) but will also improve the quality of their lives in general.

5. Dog talk and cat chat

Many kids cannot relate to the concept of being kind to themselves but ask a child how they feel about their favorite pet, and a doorway to their compassion, kindness and unconditional acceptance opens. For non-pet lovers, you can ask your child to imagine how they would speak to a baby or their best friend.

Dog talk and cat chat can help teach youngsters how to take the loving words and tones they use toward a beloved pet, and direct these sentiments toward themselves and their bodies.

6. Do an internal upgrade

In addition to helping your child combat the messages they receive out in the world, you can also work on the messages they get in your home. Again, if you struggle with body image, it is not your fault, but you can work on healing—and not only will you feel more peace, but your child will benefit as well.

To the best of your ability, refrain from talking about foods as “good" or “bad." Refrain from making negative comments about your (or anyone else's) weight or looks. Refrain from praising someone (or yourself) for weight loss.

Practice welcoming your child's tears and anger without trying to change their feelings before they are ready. Practice eating all food groups in moderation. Foster a positive, grateful attitude about your body.

May you and your child feel comfortable in your bodies, eat all foods in moderation, move and rest in ways that feel good, and find abundant sweetness and fulfillment in life.

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After a long day of doing seemingly everything, when our partners get home it kind of becomes a habit to ask, "How was your day?" In between prepping dinner, handing off the kids, finishing your own work, we don't exactly get much value from this question. Sure, it may open up the opportunity to complain about that awful thing that happened or excitedly share that presentation you killed at work—but it usually stops there.

I could do a better job of really talking in my relationship. After 12 years and two kids, sometimes all we can come up with post bedtime routine is, "You good? I'm good. Fire up the Netflix."

Here are 21 questions to dig deeper into your marriage after a long day—see where they take you!

  1. Did you listen to anything interesting today?
  2. If you could do any part of today over again, what would it be?
  3. How much coffee did you drink today?
  4. Will you remember any specific part of today a year from now? Five years?
  5. Did you take any photos today? What did you photograph?
  6. What app did you open most today?
  7. How can I make your day easier in five minutes?
  8. If we were leaving for vacation tonight, where do you wish we would be heading?
  9. If you won $500 and had to spend it on yourself today, what would you buy?
  10. If your day was turned into a movie, who would you cast?
  11. What did you say today that you could have never expected to come out of your mouth?
  12. What did you do to take care of yourself today?
  13. When did you feel appreciated today?
  14. If you could guarantee one thing for tomorrow what would it be?
  15. If we traded places tomorrow what advice would you give me for the day?
  16. What made you laugh today?
  17. Imagine committing the next year to learning one thing in your spare time. What would it be?
  18. Did you give anyone side-eye today? Why?
  19. What do you wish you did more of today?
  20. What do you wish you did less of today?
  21. Are you even listening to me right now?

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Alexis Ohanian has made a lot of important decisions in his life. The decision to co-found Reddit is a pretty big one. So was marrying Serena Williams. But right up there with changing internet culture and making a commitment to his partner, the venture capitalist lists taking time off after his daughter's birth as a significant, life-changing choice.

"Before Olympia was born, I had never thought much about paternity leave and, to be honest, Reddit's company policy was not my idea. Our vice president of people and culture, Katelin Holloway, brought it up to me in a meeting and it sounded O.K., so why not?" Ohanian writes in an op-ed for New York Times Parenting.

He continues: "Then came Olympia, after near-fatal complications forced my wife, Serena, to undergo an emergency C-section. Serena spent days in recovery fighting for her life against pulmonary embolisms. When we came home with our baby girl, Serena had a hole in her abdomen that needed bandage changes daily. She was on medication. She couldn't walk."

The experience changed the way Ohanian viewed paternity leave. It was no longer something that just sounded like a good thing, it was a necessary thing for his family. It was crucial that he take it and now he is advocating for more fathers to be able to. In his piece for the NYT Ohanian points out something that Motherly has previously reported on: It is hard for fathers to take paternity leave even when their government or employer offers it.

A report from Dove Men+Care and Promundo (a global organization dedicated to gender equality) found 85% of dads surveyed in the United States, the UK, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Japan and the Netherlands would do anything to be very involved in the early weeks and months after their child's birth or adoption, but less than 50% of fathers take as much time as they are entitled to.

Dads need paid leave, but even when they have it social pressures and unrealistic cultural expectations keep them from taking it and they choose not to take all the time they can. Ohanian wants lawmakers and business leaders to make sure that dads can take leave and he wants to help fathers choose to actually take it.

"I was able to take 16 weeks of paid leave from Reddit, and it was one of the most important decisions I've made," Ohanian previously wrote in an essay for Glamour.

Ohanian recognizes that he is privileged in a way most parents aren't.

"It helped that I was a founder and didn't have to worry about what people might say about my 'commitment' to the company, but it was incredible to be able to spend quality time with Olympia. And it was perhaps even more meaningful to be there for my wife and to adjust to this new life we created together—especially after all the complications she had during and after the birth," he wrote for Glamour.

In his NYT piece, Ohanian goes further: "I get that not every father has the flexibility to take leave without the fear that doing so could negatively impact his career. But my message to these guys is simple: Taking leave pays off, and it's continued to pay dividends for me two years later. It should be no surprise that I also encourage all of our employees to take their full leave at Initialized Capital, where I am managing partner; we recently had three dads on paid paternity leave at the same time."

The GOAT's husband is making the same points that we at Motherly make all the time. Research supports paid leave for all parents. It benefits the baby and the parents and that benefits society.

By first taking his leave and then speaking out about the ways in which it benefited his family, Ohanian is using his privileged position to de-stigmatize fathers taking leave, and advocate for more robust parental leave policies for all parents, and his influence doesn't end there. He's trying to show the world that parents shouldn't have to cut off the parent part of themselves in order to be successful in their careers.

He says that when his parental leave finished he transitioned from being a full-time dad to a "business dad."

"I'm fortunate to be my own boss, which comes with the freedoms of doing things like bringing my daughter into the office, or working remotely from virtually anywhere Serena competes. My partners at Initialized are used to seeing Olympia jump on camera—along with her doll Qai Qai—or hearing her babbling on a call. I tell them with pride, 'Olympia's at work today!' And I'll post some photos on Instagram or Twitter so my followers can see it too," Ohanian explains.

"The more we normalize this, on social media and in real life, the better, because I know this kind of dynamic makes a lot of men uncomfortable (and selfishly I want Olympia to hear me talking about start-ups!)," he says.

This is the future of family-friendly work culture. Take it from a guy who created an entire internet culture.

[A version of this post was originally published February 19, 2019. It has been updated.]

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