With Mother's Days is just around the corner, celebrities are reflecting on what it means to be a mom. The stars of the upcoming ensemble comedy, “What To Expect When You’re Expecting," based on Heidi Murkoff's book by the same name, share their stories about motherhood’s many ups and downs in the June issue of Redbook.
When Jennifer Lopez, 42, had twins Max and Emme, she had some tough moments in her first days as a mom, revealing, "I remember after the babies were born, about seven to 10 days in, I was like, 'What is going on with me?' I felt sad and depressed and thought the babies didn't love me."
She turned to Murkoff’s book for help: “It said how you have this huge hormonal drop about seven to 10 days after you give birth. It's called the 'baby blues.' But I just thought they didn't like me!"
For ‘Hunger Games’ star Elizabeth Banks, 38, motherhood arrived via a surrogate.
"I think the thing you always hear – but can't really feel or believe – is how this little baby really does change your life," Banks says of son Felix. "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."
Actress Cameron Diaz took another path, choosing early in her career to put off having a family.
"I thought I was going to be married and have two children by the time I was 21," the 39-year old star admits. "I think I felt I had to model my life after my mother's. But then my career was starting to take off and there were still so many things I wanted to do. So that dream for me was shattered early on. After that I never put another timeline on anything in my life."
And Brooklyn Decker looks forward to becoming a mother one day with husband Andy Roddick.
"I would hope I'm in a position where I have a guy who is going to be helping me all the way through – even when I'm moody and craving ice cream at 12 a.m.," says the 25-year-old model. "It didn't take me long to know that Andy was the guy I was going to marry, and [what kind of dad he'd be] absolutely went through my mind when making that decision."