Reflections on motherhood: Five women share their stories

Becoming a mother is such a powerful and life-changing experience. We invite you to share in five iVillager's personal reflections on becoming a mom.

1. "I remember vividly the moment that I became a mother. Not in the physical sense, but in the spiritual sense. It wasn’t the moment of conception, or the day that I found out that I was pregnant. It wasn’t when I felt the first kick of my precious child’s little foot, nor was it when they lifted her and placed her in my arms, still wet and screaming after her exit from my womb. It was in a moment of blinding joy the evening after she was born." Read more of Deana's story.

2. "I sit here at my computer weeping at all the beautiful stories I've been reading. I wasn't always this way. Babies were sweet, yes, when they were someone else's. Then it hit me. Baby fever. No big deal, Jeff and I thought. We'd have a glass of wine and, voila, conceive. I'd always pictured myself glibly telling friends and relatives, 'I was four months along before I even realized I was pregnant.' Now I know that it doesn't happen that way -- at least not for us." Read more of Robin's story.

3. "I did not know the richness that our decision to have a baby would bring to my future. Neither could I have imagined that I would later consider pregnancy, childbirth and becoming a mother as some of the most pivotal events of my life; ones which would later prove to be the cornerstone of my professional, as well as personal, development." Read more of  Gayle's story.

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