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Ain't It The Truth: 12 Celebs Share What It Is To Be A Mom

Whether they're experiencing first-time motherhood or on their sixth child (hey there, Angelina Jolie), these women pass along the joys, wisdom and "aha" moments they've learned along the way. Welcome to new parenthood!

Blake Lively

"I've always felt like a mama." — Blake Lively, on welcoming her first child, to _ People_


Reese Witherspoon

“I call it my CNN ticker tape: Is Ava OK? Yes. Is Deacon OK? Yes. Is Tennessee OK? Yes. Back to Ava.” — Reese Witherspoon, on what it is to be a mother, to _ Glamour_


Amanda Peet

"One surprise of motherhood for me was how little control I have. It's been bittersweet and humbling." — Amanda Peet, who recently welcomed baby No. 2, to _ Good Housekeeping _


Heidi Klum

"I was confident before I had my children, but maturing and becoming a mother enhances that self-confidence." — _Heidi Klum, to _ Redbook


Elizabeth Banks

"When you have children, it's the entire focus of your life, but my capacity for joy has been opened up in a way I never thought possible." — Elizabeth Banks, to _ Redbook_


Molly Sims

"I absolutely cannot wait to see what life will be like as a mother to a toddler and a newborn." — Molly Sims, who is expecting a second child, on MollySims.com


Jessica Alba

“When you become a mom, the last thing you want to do is feel judged because everybody is trying to do the best they can." — Jessica Alba, to _ People_


Angelina Jolie

"The great thing about having a bunch of kids is that they just remind you that you're the person who takes them to go poop." — Angelina Jolie, on how being a mom of six put everything in perspective, to _ Total Film_


Jessica Simpson

“Motherhood is the best thing I’ve ever experienced – and the most challenging.” — Jessica Simpson, to _ People_


Scarlett Johansson

"It's exhausting in the most wonderful way." — Scarlett Johansson, who welcomed daughter Rose Dorothy in 2014, to _ People_


Mariska Hargitay

"You make sacrifices to become a mother. But you really find yourself and your soul when you are one." — Mariska Hargitay, to _ Redbook _


Garcelle Beauvais

"Being a mom made me stronger. I'm a warrior!" — _Garcelle Beauvais, to _ Redbook