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Celebrity moms — they're just like us! Well, if we had access to 'round the clock nannies, personal trainers, chefs, and an army of beauticians. So . . . almost like us?

Either way, the pregnancy struggle and fierce bond we mamas feel for our kiddos is practically universal. And these celeb mamas know a thing or two about that. Here are six nuggets of wisdom from some of our favorite ladies in the spotlight. 

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Olivia Wilde

"If I wasn't at work, I just wanted to stay home and party with my little man — and by 'party' I mean, of course, endless rounds of the 'Itsy Bitsy Spider.' Also, I like beer. And pizza. And, these two ingredients are not found in the purely fictional book I like to call How to Look Like You Never Made a Human: A Guide to Socially Acceptable Motherhood." – Olivia Wilde in Shape


Jennifer Lopez

“Becoming a mom makes you stronger but also more gentle, especially with yourself — and that changes everything.” — Jennifer Lopez in InStyle


Eva Mendes

"I've learned that it's way harder to be a baby. Everything is a struggle for her. For instance, I haven't thrown up since the '90s and she's thrown up twice since we started this interview. Motherhood is cake compared to what it's like to be a baby." – Eva Mendes in Violet Grey


Jessica Simpson

"I sometimes second-guess spending time working — I want to be with my kids as much as possible! Then I remember how satisfying work is for me, and because I am fulfilled, I can offer the best version of myself to my family." – Jessica Simpson in Glamour

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Michelle Obama

"It wasn't so long ago that I was a working mom myself. And I know that sometimes, much as we all hate to admit it, it's just easier to park the kids in front of the TV for a few hours so we can pay the bills or do the laundry or just have some peace and quiet for a change." – First Lady Michelle Obama,


Salma Hayek

"Your empathy for other mothers is such a natural instinct and it's such a beautiful thing that we all connect, and we should all help each other." – Salma Hayek in The Stir