Pregnancy and birth will blow your mind, but they might also blow your ladyparts. We don’t want to get too deep into it here (Leakage! Swelling! Hemorrhoids!), but let’s just say you might find it hard to ever go back to those slinky pre-mama underthings. That doesn’t mean you’re destined for a life of wearing those mesh briefs that were tucked into your “postpartum care” bag at the hospital. Au contraire! Here’s 6 really awesome postpartum underwear styles to stock your new mom panty drawer.

  1. Dear Kate Briefs. With its Underlux technology, Dear Kate will keep you safe from the sneeze pee that inevitably follows pregnancy. They’re also cute, comfy and dare we say, sexy? Wear these and Baby #2 could be around the corner! $34. Buy them here.

  1. Storq Maternity Brief. Invest in these low-rise, tagless briefs during pregnancy and keep on wearing them after baby arrives. The luxe modal fabric is not only ultra-soft and breathable, but it also comes from sustainably harvested beechwood forests. A win for your vagina and the environment. $34 (2-pack) Buy them here.

  1. Hanes® X-Temp Women's High Cut Briefs. If you’re nervous about fully committing to the postpartum underwear overhaul, go fast and cheap with these super-soft, temperature-regulating (!) Hanes classics. $9.99 (3-pack). Buy them here.

  1. Cosabella Never Say Never Cutie Low-Rider Thong. There will come a day when you need to wear a thong again, and nobody makes a comfier one than Cosabella. The stretch Italian floral lace is ultra-soft, lays flat and hugs the body in all the right ways. Plus with 64 colors to choose from, you can even match it to your new Cosabella nursing bra. Hot mama! $26. Buy them here.

  1. Spanx Everyday Shaping Panties Boyshort. For those days you feel like you need a little extra support, Spanx has got you covered. These cute boyshorts are actually shapewear in disguise, offering a little extra hold to those newly wiggling parts on the daily. $22. Buy them here.

  1. C-Panty Classic Waist C-Section Recovery Panty. C-Section mama, your ladyparts deserve some extra love! Upspring’s C-Panty styles offer medical-grade compression and help reduce scarring with its interior silicone panel. $37.99. Buy them here.

Original illustration by Shanequa Simpson for Well Rounded NY.

Motherhood is a practice in learning, growing and loving more than you ever thought possible. Even as a "veteran" mama of four young sons and one newly adopted teenager, Jalyssa Richardson enthusiastically adapts to whatever any given day has in store—a skill she says she's refined through the years.

Here's what just one day in her life looks like:

Jalyssa says she learned to embrace agility throughout her motherhood journey. Here's more from this incredible mama of five boys.

What is the most challenging part of your day as a mom of five?

Time management! I want to meet each of the boys' individual needs—plus show up for myself—but I often feel like someone gets overlooked.

What's the best part of being a mom of five?

The little moments of love. The hugs, the kisses, the cuddles, the smiles... they all serve as little reminders that I am blessed and I'm doing okay.

Are there misconceptions about raising boys?

There are so many misconceptions about raising boys. I think the biggest one is that boys don't have many emotions and they're just so active all the time. My boys display many emotions and they also love to be sweet and cuddly a lot of the time.

What do you think would surprise people the most about being a mom of five?

How much I enjoy it. I never knew I wanted to be a mom until I was pregnant with my first. My desire only grew and the numbers did! I am surprised with every single baby as my capacity to love and nurture grows. It's incredible.

How do you create balance and make time for yourself?

Balance for me looks like intentional planning and scheduling because I never want my boys to feel like they aren't my first priority, but it is extremely difficult. What I try to do is not fit it all into one day. I have work days because motherhood is my first priority. I fit in segments of self-care after the kids' bedtime so I don't grow weary.

What's the biggest lesson you have learned from motherhood?

I have learned that sacrifice is actually beautiful. I was terrified of the selflessness motherhood would require, but I've grown so much through the sacrifice. There is nothing better than living for something bigger than myself.

When did you first feel like a mom? How has your motherhood evolved?

I first felt like a mom when I was pregnant with my first son and I intentionally chose to change my eating habits so my body could be strong and healthy for him. I didn't have to think twice—I just did what I thought would be best for him. That decision being so effortless made me realize I was made for motherhood.

My perspective has changed with each baby as I've realized motherhood doesn't have to be one-size-fits-all. With my first son, I was a by-the-book mama and it was so stressful. With each baby, I have felt more freedom and it has made motherhood so much more beautiful. I have evolved into the mother that they need, I am perfect for these boys.

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