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Amy Schumer shares just how difficult IVF can be

"We are freezing my eggs and figuring out what to do to give Gene a sibling," shares Schumer in a super honest Instagram post.

Amy Schumer shares just how difficult IVF can be

Amy Schumer has been super honest about every part of becoming a mother—from her battle with hyperemesis to her C-section experience to most recently her decision to quit pumping.

And this week she shared that she's not done yet. Her son Gene is now 8 months old and Amy just started IVF.

IVF can be extremely difficult and it's refreshing to see Amy using her platform to talk about how making babies isn't always easy (or enjoyable). Sometimes it hurts physically and emotionally.

Amy Schumer: "I'm a week into IVF..." 

Schumer posted a photo of her belly Thursday, showing her C-section scar and bruises from procedures associated with IVF.

"I'm a week into IVF and feeling really run down and emotional. If anyone went through it and if you have any advice or wouldn't mind sharing your experience with me please do. My number is in my bio. We are freezing my eggs and figuring out what to do to give Gene a sibling," she captioned the pic.

Figuring out how to expand her family 

Schumer had a very rough pregnancy with Gene. She was vomiting daily to the point of requiring multiple hospitalizations and IVs. It wasn't fun, but becoming a mom has been. She marked the end of 2019 with a picture of herself, her husband Chris and baby Gene, and wrote: "This has been by far the best year of my life and I spent half of it vomiting everyday."

From her posts on Instagram it's clear motherhood means a lot to Schumer.

She went through a lot to get Gene and now she's preparing to go through a lot again, during this IVF journey. We don't know if that journey will end in a pregnancy, surrogacy or what, but we hope that it ends in a sibling for Gene because that's what Schumer and her husband want.

Good luck on your IVF journey, Amy. It's not easy but you've got this.

10 must-have registry items that will change your life, mama

The baby gear heavy hitters that should be top of your list

Calling all mamas-to-be! It's a fundamental truth of (impending) motherhood that your prepping-for-baby To Do list can feel a mile long, but really the best way to feel organized is to sort out the most important item at the top of your list: your registry. Sure the items you choose to include will end up running the gamut from nice-to-haves to absolutely essential game-changers, but mamas in the know quickly learn one thing: Not all baby gear is created equal.

So while you can and should pepper your registry with adorable inclusions that aren't necessarily can't-live-withouts (go ahead, add 'em!), you should make sure you're ticking the boxes on those pieces of baby gear that can be absolute life savers once you're in full-blown mama mode. From car seats to bouncers and playmats, your play and travel gear will be some of the most obvious important items on your list, but so can unexpected things, like a super comfy baby carrier and a snooze-inducing white noise machine. So to help you sort through the must-have options, we turned to the holy grail of motherhood that is buybuy BABY and handpicked 10 of the very best essential pieces that will change your life, we promise.

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Earth Mama: Effective, natural herbal care for mamas and babies

Founded and grown in her own garage in 2002, Earth Mama started as an operation of one, creating salves, tinctures, teas and soaps with homegrown herbs. With a deep desire to bring the healing powers of nature that have been relied on for thousands of years to as many mamas as possible, Melinda Olson's formulas quickly grew into Earth Mama Organics. Since then, the brand has remained committed to manufacturing clean, safe and effective herbal solutions for the entire journey of motherhood, including pregnancy, breastfeeding and baby care, and even the loss of a baby.

Bravado Designs: Soothing sounds for a good night's sleep

With 28 years of serving pregnant and postpartum mamas under their belt, Bravado Designs is a true authority on the needs of changing bodies. It's true that we have them to thank for rescuing us from the uncomfortable and frumpy designs our own moms had to live with. Launched in Canada by two young mamas, they designed the first prototypes with extra leopard print fabric certain that a better bra was possible. Throughout the years they've maintained their commitment to ethical manufacturing while creating long-lasting products that truly work.

The Sill: Instagram-ready potted plants

We've long admired this female-founded brand and the brilliant mind behind it, Eliza Blank. (She even joined Motherly co-founder Liz Tenety on and episode of The Motherly Podcast!) The mission behind the business was simple: To make the process of bringing plants into your home as easy as possible, and as wonderful as the plant themselves. With their in-house, exclusively designed minimalist planters, the end result makes plant parenthood just a few clicks away.

Not sure where to start? Here's what we're adding to our cart:

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The 6 biggest lies I believed before having kids

Just about all of us had set assumptions about raising kids before we became parents ourselves.

Just about all of us had set assumptions about raising kids before we became parents ourselves. Some of these ideas might have been based on our own ideas of how we would absolutely do things differently than everyone else. Others, we believed what everyone else told us would happen would apply to our littles, too. But, that's not always the case, mama.

Below are six of the biggest lies I believed before having kids—and the reality of what actually happened for me.

1. Put your baby down drowsy, but awake

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