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You guys, I’m not sure if you noticed...but roughly 90% of the free world’s leaders are in town. Literally right now. While we all take a moment to ponder the INSANITY of that, I’d like to point out that the most clear and present danger for you preggos is traffic. Lots and lots of traffic, and subways and buses packed to the gills! If at all possible, park your bumps at home. There's nothing to be gained by traveling anywhere today except for a pair of swollen ankles.

After giving birth, everybody's attention tends to shift towards baby - but what about mom??? Kudos to Little Mothers Helpers for developing this cool deck of cards and app to help guide you through the days and weeks following childbirth.

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Serena Van Der Woodsen had a baby girl in May. Blair Waldorf had a baby this week. Headbands for everybody!!!!

Are any of you planning baby showers or first birthday parties? Don't sweat the decor. Try this instead.

Finally, let us direct you to our City Baby Registry event at Babies R Us in Union Square tomorrow from 10:00AM-12:00PM. We promise that it will be way cooler than wandering the aisles by yourself with one of those scanning guns. Register online here.

Illustration by Maddy Nye.

There's the magazine cover photo of the new celebrity mom glowing as she looks down at the beautiful, sleeping baby in her armsβ€”and then there's real life.

In real life, postpartum mothers are just as likely to be wearing diapers as their babies are, and bumps need months to deflate.

That's why we're so grateful for the way celebrities are ditching damaging narratives about postpartum perfection and embracing the messy authenticity of new motherhood. Thanks to these modern mamas, the rest of us are seeing our own experiences reflected in pop culture, and that lets us know we're not alone.

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