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21 Mother's Day gifts your mom, sister, best friend (and oh yeah, you!) will love

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Prior to having kids, Mother's Day was all about my mom and how I could thank her for all that she had done for me and my sisters. I never really bothered to acknowledge any of the other women in my life who were mothers… because they weren't my mom.

And then I started having kids and Mother's Day took on a whole new meaning.

Now I want to shower all of the mamas in my life with gifts and love and hugs because I know exactly what all of them have gone through. I look at them and I see sleepless nights, constant worrying and 24/7 multitasking. I see laugh lines and gray hairs (because I've got those, too). I see chefs, therapists, nurses and tutors all wrapped into one body.

Point being: Mother's Day isn't just an opportunity to treat yo' mama. It's also a day where you can look at your bestie or your neighbor or your sister and say, "You're doing a great job. Happy Mother's Day."

We've rounded up 20 of our favorite gifts to give the mamas in your life. Some thoughtful, some helpful and some just plain cozy.

1. The 'it' bag

The old adage "she's too hard to buy for" simply doesn't pertain to this here purse. Every mama out there would love Coach's Sutton Bag, with its sweet pea floral pattern, practical crossbody strap, zippered enclosures and brass hardware. We dare her not to fall in love with it.

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2. The flowers, Urban Stems, $48.00+

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Sure you could send any ol' bouquet, but why do that when you can opt for a high-design one? Urban Stems approaches flowers with a modern and young zest, and we can't get enough of their collab with Vogue.

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3. The book, This Is Motherhood, $11.99+

This Is Motherhood

Yes, we're biased, but what can we say? Our hot-off-the-presses collection of essays dubbed This Is Motherhood is the perfect gift to give to a mama you love.

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4. The jammies, Soma, $82.00

Soma Cool Nights Pajamas

Let's face it: Mamas are in their pjs. A lot. It comes with the territory. But let's replace her old college t-shirt and worn-thin sweatpants with some super-cozy (and dare we say slightly sexy) pajamas from Soma. Available in a slew of additional patterns and separates (Shorts! Pants! Nightgowns!), the Cool Nights Sleepwear focuses on keeping you cool at night. We're obsessed with this slinky striped set.

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5. The photograph, Artifact Uprising, $59.00+

Artifact Uprising Gallery Frames

Got a photo that will make her smile? Or laugh? Or cry? Then it's time to frame it! Or put it in a book or calendar or… just go to Artifact Uprising to see all the beautiful things they can do with your favorite digital memories.

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6. The tote, Cuyana, $175.00

Cuyana Tote

Yes, diaper bags serve a purpose, but they're also a wee bit soul crushing for anyone who used to consider themselves a true "bag person." Answer her prayers with Cuyana's beautiful leather tote she'll use everyday (when she's not lugging bottles and sippy cups) that also has a thoughtful monogram to show her you got it custom just for her.

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7. The water bottle, Proof, $30.00

Proof Water Bottle

Every mom's got a purse full of tricks/necessities/snacks... and of course, water. And believe us when we say there are water bottles, and then there is Proof. Comprised of medical-grade steel, Proof bottles can keep your liquids cold for 24 hours, hot for 12 and they can also fit ice cubes. Did we mention they're pretty, too? Woot woot!

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8. The digital frame, Aura, $299.00

Aura Digital Frame

If we had to pick one gift to give all the mamas out there this Mother's Day, Aura would be at the top of our list. A sleek digital frame that works right out of the box, Aura is super easy to use (simply link your phone's photo album to the Aura app and upload pics from there) and allows unlimited contributors. So your sister in Alaska, your brother in the Yucatan and you in New Jersey can all share photos to your mom's brand new frame that features a rotating gallery of her family. We're not crying… you're crying!

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9. The silk eye mask + pillowcase, Brooklinen, $79.00

If anyone needs their beauty sleep, it's a mama. Ultra-pampering, this gift gives from Brooklinen will help her sleep better thanks to the breathable and soft-as-butter mulberry silk eye mask and pillowcase. Bonus: It's also super gentle on both skin and hair.BUY

10. The ring, Nordstrom, $45.00+

Kris National Mama Ring

Whether she's been a mama for decades or hasn't even given birth yet, we don't know any woman who wouldn't love this cutie at first sight. Ya know, just like her kids.

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11. The bathrobe, Parachute, $99.00

Parachute classic bathrobe

Everyone needs a bathrobe that is downy and soft and completely warms you up post-shower, and this one from Parachute gets the job done. Like a furry bear—but not so furry that it doesn't absorb water—this Turkish cotton bathrobe will make her giddy at first sight. (And so will the roomy front pockets that can fit her cell phone, a bottle, her reading glasses and more!)

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12. The getaway stay, Airbnb, $25.00+

Airbnb Cuba Stay

Tangible gifts are great, but nothing trumps travel, right? Give her an Airbnb gift card and the two of you can immediately start planning your getaway. Bon voyage, ladies!

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13. The all-you-need makeup palette, Charlotte Tilbury, $75.00+

Charlotte Tilbury Palette

After years of momming, when we finally do get a night out, the prospect of glamming ourselves up can be a bit… daunting. Charlotte Tilbury to the rescue! The makeup artist to the stars (she counts Nicole Kidman as a client) has a super-high-quality beauty line and her Instant Look in a Palette makes creating a smoky eye super easy, and also contains a bronzer for sculpting, a shimmery gold for highlighting and two pretty pinks for blushing. Done and done.

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14. The vacuum, Amazon, $699.00

Dyson V11 Torque

Listen, we realize it's 2019 and not 1950. That said, give Dyson's new cord-free vacuum, the V11 Torque Drive, to any mom and she might just cry real tears right there on the spot. Why? It's the vacuum to top all vacuums. And as every mom knows, we're cleaning up CONSTANTLY.

Its biggest bonus is you only need one cleaner head for rugs and floors. We also love the smart screen that tells you exactly how many minutes of battery you have left (and if something goes wrong, how to fix it!).

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15. The kicks, Nordstrom, $120.00

Vejas Sneakers

Sure, we'd all love a pair of Louboutins for Mother's Day, but we'd probably only wear them a few times a year (if we're lucky!). What do we wear ALL YEAR LONG? Sneakers. So amp up your own mom's cool factor or make your sister giddy with these on-tred sneaks from Brazilian brand Veja. More to know: They're a favorite of Meghan Markle, too.

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16. The facial roller, Revolve, $69.00

Nurse Jamie Facial Roller

ICYMI: Gemstone facial rollers are all the rage right now. Why? By rolling them against your face and neck, you're de-puffing, tightening and energizing your skin. Read: This is the beauty product every mom needs! Our favorite is Nurse Jamie's Uplift Massage Roller (also beloved by Hillary Duff, Jenna Dewan Tatum, and others), which is a bright purple hand-held wand that is fun to look at and actually works, too.

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17. The necklace, Nordstrom, $58.00

Kate Spade Initial Necklace

A sweet necklace that is dainty on its own, Kate Spade's One in a Million Pendant is tops on our list because it will also look fab layered. Whether you opt to gift your loved one's initials or those of her kids, this piece will be treasured.

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18. The clothing subscription, Stitch Fix, $20.00+

Stitch Fix

Have you ever met a mom that has ample time to shop? Nope. This is where you introduce her to Stitch Fix, the Internet's answer to a personal stylist. How does it work? You give her a gift card and she uses it to redeem the personalized styling services—she fills out a user profile and clothes arrive at her door within days, she keeps what she wants and return what she doesn't. Shopping without the pressures of pushy sales girls or bad lighting, she'll get used to that.

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19. The artwork, Minted, $23.00+

Minted Artwork

Part of Minted's Every Mother Counts collaboration, this beautiful print dubbed "mama's arms" by Keely Norton Owendoff is just a lovely piece of art that anyone would want on a shelf or wall in their home. By purchasing the print—which you can buy unframed, framed or on stretched canvas—you're contributing to Christy Turlington's non-profit that aims to make childbirth safer around the world. Yep, literally every mom will be on board with this gift.

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20. The slippers, Nordstrom, $99.00

Ugg Slipper

For better or worse, Uggs are the ubiquitous mom shoe. Yes, there are sleeker footwear options… but have you ever tried on Uggs?! Heaven in a furry boot. For Mother's Day, consider the at-home Ugg, a.k.a. the slipper. With a suede upper, the signature shearling lining and a rubber sole (yes, you can take out the recycling or grab your mail in these puppies). You're about to give the greatest gift ever.

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21. The beach bag, Walmart, $7.99

Ev1 Beach Bag

Is there anything worse that a bag full of sand on a beach day? Well, yes, there are worse things, lol… but it is really annoying! Cure that problem for the mama in your life with a mesh beach bag from Ev1 (Ellen Degeneres' line with Walmart) that is super cute in this bright neon hue and super cheap at this insane price.

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Pop quiz, mama! How many different types of car seats are there? If you guessed three, you're partially correct. The three main types are rear-facing car seats, forward-facing car seats, and booster seats. But then there are a variety of styles as well: infant car seats, convertible seats, all-in-one seats, high-back booster seats, and backless boosters. If you're not totally overwhelmed yet, keep reading, we promise there's good stuff ahead.

There's no arguing that, in the scheme of your baby and child gear buying lifetime, purchasing a car seat is a big deal! Luckily, Walmart.com has everything you need to travel safely with your most precious cargo in the backseat. And right now, you can save big on top-rated car seats and boosters during Best of Baby Month, happening now through September 30 at Walmart.com.

As if that wasn't enough, Walmart will even take the carseat your kiddos have outgrown off your hands for you (and hook you up with a sweet perk, too). Between September 16 and 21, Walmart is partnering with TerraCycle to recycle used car seats. When you bring in an expired car seat or one your child no longer fits into to a participating Walmart store during the trade-in event, you'll receive a $30 gift card to spend on your little one in person or online. Put the money towards a brand new car seat or booster or other baby essentials on your list. To find a participating store check here: www.walmart.com/aboutbestofbabymonth

Ready to shop, mama? Here are the 9 best car seat deals happening this month.


Safety 1st Grow and Go Spring 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

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From rear-facing car seat to belt-positioning booster, Grow and Go Sprint's got you covered through childhood. Whether you choose the grey Silver Lake, Seafarer or pink Camelia color palette, you'll love how this model grows with your little one — not to mention how easy it is to clean. The machine-washable seat pad can be removed without fussing with the harness, and the dual cup holders for snacks and drinks can go straight into the dishwasher.

Price: $134 (regularly $149)

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Baby Trend Hybrid Plus 3-in-1 Booster Car Seat in Bermuda

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When your toddler is ready to face forward, this versatile car seat can be used as a five-point harness booster, a high-back booster, and a backless booster. Padded armrests, harness straps, and seat cushions provide a comfy ride, and the neutral gray seat pads reverse to turquoise for a stylish new look.

Price: $72.00 (regularly $81)

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Baby Trend Hybrid Plus 3-in-1 Booster Car Seat in Olivia

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Looking for something snazzy, mama? This black and hot pink car seat features a playful heart print on its reversible seat pad and soft harness straps. Best of all, with its 100-pound weight limit and three booster configurations, your big kid will get years of use out of this fashionable design.

Price: $72.00 (regularly $81)

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Evenflo Triumph LX Convertible Car Seat

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This rear- and forward-facing car seat keeps kids safer, longer with an adjustable five-point harness that can accommodate children up to 65 lbs. To tighten the harness, simply twist the conveniently placed side knobs; the Infinite Slide Harness ensures an accurate fit every time. As for style, we're big fans of the cozy quilted design, which comes in two colorways: grey and magenta or grey and turquoise.

Price: $116 (regularly $149.99)

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Disney Baby Light 'n Comfy 22 Luxe Infant Car Seat

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Outfitted with an adorable pink-and-white polka dot Minnie Mouse infant insert, even the tiniest of travelers — as small as four pounds! — can journey comfortably and safely. This rear-facing design is lightweight, too; weighing less than 15 lbs, you can easily carry it in the crook of your arm when your hands are full (because chances are they will be).

Price: $67.49 (regularly $89.99)

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Graco 4Ever 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

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We know it's hard to imagine your tiny newborn will ever hit 100 lbs, but one day it'll happen. And when it does, you'll appreciate not having to buy a new car seat if you start with this 4-in-1 design! Designed to fit kids up to 120 lbs, it transforms four ways, from a rear-facing car seat to a backless belt-positioning booster. With a 6-position recline and a one-hand adjust system for the harness and headrest, you can easily find the perfect fit for your growing child.

Price: $199.99 (regularly $269.99)

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Graco SlimFit All-in-One Convertible Car Seat

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With its unique space-saving design, this 3-in-1 car seat provides 10% more back seat space simply by rotating the dual cup holders. The InRight LATCH system makes installation quick and easy, and whether you're using it as a rear-facing car seat, a forward-facing car seat, or a belt-positioning booster, you can feel confident that your child's safe and comfortable thanks to Graco's Simply Safe Adjust Harness System.

Price: $149.99 (regularly $229.99)

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Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 Platinum XT Infant Car Seat

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Making sure your infant car seat is secure can be tricky, but Graco makes it easy with its one-second LATCH attachment and hassle-free three-step installation using SnugLock technology. In addition to its safety features, what we really love about this rear-facing seat are all of the conveniences, including the ability to create a complete travel system with Click Connect Strollers and a Silent Shade Canopy that expands without waking up your sleeping passenger.

Price: $169.99 (regularly $249.99)

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Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 Elite Infant Car Seat

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With just one click, you can know whether this rear-facing car seat has been installed properly. Then adjust the base four different ways and use the bubble level indicator to find the proper position. When you're out and about, the rotating canopy with window panel will keep baby protected from the sun while allowing you to keep your eye on him.

Price: $129.99 (regularly $219.99)

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If I ever want to look alive before dropping my son off to school, there are two things I must put on before leaving the house: eyeliner and mascara. When using eyeliner, I typically use black liner on my top lid, a slightly lighter brown for my bottom lid, and then a nude liner for my water line. It works every time.

My mascara routine is a bit different. Because my natural lashes are thin and not the longest, I always opt for the darkest black I can find, and one that's lengthening and volumizing. For this reason, I was immediately drawn to It Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara. The new mascara is developed in partnership with Drybar (the blow dry bar that specializes in just blowouts) and promises to deliver bold and voluminous lashes all day long. I was sold.

Could this really be the blowout my lashes have been waiting for? It turns out, it was much better than most volumizing formulas I've tried.

For starters, the wand is a great size—it's not too big or small, and it's easy to grip—just like my favorite Drybar round brush. As for the formula, it's super light and infused with biotin which helps lashes look stronger and healthier. I also love that it's buildable, and I didn't notice any clumps or flakes between coats.

The real test is that my lashes still looked great at dinnertime. I didn't have smudges or the dreaded raccoon eyes I always get after a long day at work. Surprisingly, the mascara actually stayed in place. To be fair, I haven't compared them with lash-extensions (which are my new go-to since having baby number two), but I'm sure it will hold up nicely.

Overall, I was very impressed with the level of length and fullness this mascara delivered. Indeed, this is the eyelash blowout my lashes have been waiting for. While it won't give you a few extra hours in bed, you'll at least look a little more awake, mama.

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It Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara
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Here's how I apply IT Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara:

  1. Starting as close to lash line as possible (and looking down), align the brush against your top lashes. Gradually turn upwards, then wiggle the wand back and forth up and down your eyelashes.
  2. Repeat, if needed. Tip: Be sure to allow the mascara to dry between each coat.
  3. Using the same technique, apply mascara to your bottom lashes, brushing the wand down your eyelashes.
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Having children isn't always as easy as it looks on Instagram. There's so much more to motherhood than serene baby snuggles and matching outfits. But there's a reason we've fallen so deeply in love with motherhood: It's the most beautiful, chaotic ride.

Every single day, we sit back and wonder how something so hard can feel so rewarding. And Eva Mendes just managed to nail the reality of that with one quote.

Eva, who is a mama to daughters Esmerelda and Amada with Ryan Gosling, got real about the messy magic of motherhood in a recent interview.

"It's so fun and beautiful and maddening," the actress tells Access Daily. "It's so hard, of course. But it's like that feeling of…you end your day, you put them to bed and Ryan and I kind of look at each other like, 'We did it, we did it. We came out relatively unscathed.'"

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And just like that, moms all over the world feel seen. We've all been there: Struggling to get through the day (which, for the record is often every bit as fun as it is challenging), only to put those babies to sleep and collapse on the couch in sheer exhaustion. But, after you've caught your breath, you realize just how strong and capable you really are.

One thing Eva learned the hard way? That sleep regressions are very, very real...and they don't just come to an end after your baby's first few months. "I guess they go through a sleep regression, which nobody told me about until I looked it up," she says "I was like, 'Why isn't my 3-year-old sleeping?'"

But, at the end of the day, Eva loves her life as a mom—and the fact that she took a break from her Hollywood career to devote her days to raising her girls. "I'm so thankful I have the opportunity to be home with them," she says.

Thank you for keeping it real, Eva! Momming isn't easy, but it sure is worth it.

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My labor and delivery was short and sweet. I started feeling contractions on Monday morning and by Tuesday night at 8:56 pm my handsome baby boy was born. Only 30 minutes of pushing. Afterward, I was still out of it, to be honest. I held him and did some skin to skin and handed him off to my husband, my mother held him next.

When he was in my mother's arms, I knew he was safe. I started to drift off, the epidural had me feeling drowsy and I had used up all my strength to push this 7 lb baby out. My son's eyes were open and then I guess he went to sleep too. My mother swayed him back and forth. The nurses were in and out, cleaning me up and checking in on us.

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When yet another nurse came in, my mom said to her, "He wasn't latching because he wanted to sleep."

The nurse yelled, "He's not sleeping!"

The next 25 minutes happened in slow motion for me.

After the nurse said these words, she flung my son onto the little baby bed. I looked over and he looked a little blue. Then I heard the loud words of CODE PINK. In matters of seconds about 30 nursing staff descended into my room and crowded around my baby.

I couldn't even see what was happening. I tried to get out the bed but they wouldn't let me and after a couple of failed attempts one of the nurses look at me and said, "He's fine, he's breathing now."

Breathing now? He wasn't breathing before? Again, I tried to push my way to my baby, but once again I was told to not move. They had just performed CPR on my 30-minute old newborn and I couldn't understand what was happening even after a pediatrician tried to explain it to me.

I just started crying. He was fine in my stomach for 39 weeks and 6 days and now I bring him into this world and his heart nearly stops?

I was told he needed to go to the neonatal intensive care unit. I was confused, as I thought the NICU was only for preemies and my son was full term.

After what felt like an eternity we were finally allowed to see our son. My husband wheeled me there and we saw him in the corner alone. I saw the incubator and the wires, he's all bundled up.

The nurse explained all the beeping and showed me the heart rate monitor. He's doing fine. We go over the feeding schedule. I'm exhausted still. I stay with him until about 1 or 2 am. They all suggest I get some sleep. There's no bed in the NICU, so I head back to my room.

The next day was better, he doesn't have to be in the incubator anymore, but the wires remain. By that night or early the next morning, the wires in his nose come out and I try feeding him. I try pumping. It was painful.

He gets his first bath and he loves it. The nurse shampoos his hair (he had a lot!) and he seems so soothed. The nurse explains that because he's full term he doesn't need the same type of support in the NICU. She tells me my baby's strong and he'll be fine.

I look around. I see the other babies, the other moms. They could be there for weeks. And unlike me, the moms have to go home—without their baby.

Friday comes and by now he's done all his tests, blood work came back normal, all tubes have been removed and I get it. I get my going-home package. Finally. I get my instructions on doctor follow-ups and we finally get to go home.

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There have been a lot of iconic entertainment magazine covers featuring pregnant women over the years. Who can forget Demi Moore's bare baby bump on Vanity Fair or Britney Spears' similar nude pose on Harper's Bazaar?

Pregnant women on a magazine covers is nothing new, but a visibly pregnant CEO on the cover of a business magazine, that's a first and it happened this week.

Inc. just put The Wing's CEO Audrey Gelman on the cover and this is a historic moment in publishing and business.

As Gelman told Today this week, "You can't be what you can't see, so I think it's so important for women to see that it's possible to run a fast-growing business and also to start a family."

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She continued: "It's so important to sort of burst that bubble and to have new images of women who are thriving and working professionally while balancing motherhood … My hope is that women see this and again feel the confidence to take greater professional risks while also not shelving their dreams of becoming a mother and starting a family."

The Wing started in 2016 as a co-working space for women and has grown rapidly. As Inc. reports, The Wing has eight locations in the U.S. with plans for more American and international locations by 2020.

Putting Gelman on the cover was an important move by Inc. and Gelman's honesty about her early pregnancy panic ("I can't be pregnant. I have so much to do." she recalls thinking after her pregnancy test) should be applauded.

Gelman says pregnancy made her slow down physically, and that it was actually good for her company: "I had this realization: The way to make my team and my employees feel proud to work for me and for the company was actually not to pretend to be superhuman or totally unaffected by pregnancy."

We need this. We need CEOs to admit that they are human so that corporate leadership can see employees as humans, too. Humans need things like family leave and flexibility, especially when they start raising little humans.

There are a lot of iconic covers featuring pregnant women, but this one is different. She's wearing clothes and she's changing work culture.

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