Scoop: A special celebrity Mother’s Day 

Having children is one way stars really are just like us. From dirty diapers to temper tantrums, kids keep their celeb mommies down to earth. In honor of Mother’s Day (it’s coming up Sunday, for you present-buying procrastinators!), see what some superstar supermoms have to say about the joys — and tribulations — of being a mother.

“I thought I knew love before, but I’ve never felt anything like this.”
— Halle Berry to Essence magazine, on having daughter Nahla

“I was brought up to believe I could do anything I wanted professionally and, of course, be a mother at the same time — but I’m finding that it’s complicated. It requires a lot of thought and planning, and I haven’t figured it out yet.”
— Mom-of-one Maggie Gyllenhaal to Working Mother magazine

“Becoming a mom is the best thing that’s happened to me. I’ll be the first to admit that it can be very hard to raise two kids, but I absolutely love it. I can’t imagine what my life would be without my children.”
— Mom-of-two Mary-Louise Parker to People magazine

“Giving birth was the most intense and life-changing experience of my life. I never felt so vulnerable but so strong at the same time.”
— Mom-of-one Gisele Bundchen

“When you have a baby, you go through a period where your body just is not your own. It becomes for your child and that’s it. It is not for you anymore. Once you bounce back from that and kind of get your body back ... it’s a great feeling.”
— Mom-of-one Christina Aguilera, on being “even a more sexual Christina” since becoming a mom

“You get to the point where you’re like, ‘Where am I? What happened to me?’ I got to get myself together for my kids, you know? They need to know what I really look like.”
— Mom-of-twins Jennifer Lopez to Us magazine, on getting her body back post-babies

“I’m no bourgeois mum who goes out to look pretty with her baby. I’m a tomboy mummy. I dress up to get dirty.”
— Supermodel and mom-of-one Eva Herzigova to U.K.’s Times Online

“The funny thing about having children is that now I am twice as motivated to do a cool stunt because my kids will like it.”
— Mom-of-six Angelina Jolie to EW magazine

“Before kids, if I worried, it was only about myself. But that’s all you do is worry as a parent.”
— Mom-of-two Diane Keaton to More magazine

“I think every working mom probably feels the same thing, which is you go through big chunks of time where you’re just going, ‘This is impossible — oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going and you sort of do the impossible.”
— Mom-of-one Tina Fey

“I come from a long line of strong matriarchs. I live in a queendom, ruled by a womb-iverse.”
— Erykah Badu to U.K.’s Telegraph, on how she’s strong enough to be a single mom of three

“The one thing I never feel secure about is the way I parent.”
— Mom-of-one Teri Hatcher to People

“Watching any film or television that deals with a mother-and-child story is so gut-wrenching in a way I could have never predicted. You have this empathy suddenly, this compassion for a mother going through anything difficult or complicated with a child because suddenly I understand that unbelievable drive and instinct to protect.”
— Mom-of-one Katherine Heigl to OK! magazine, on becoming a parent

“I never imagined I’d be so happy to announce that my husband and I are in love with the same man.”
— Mom-of-one Courtney Thorne-Smith to People, on son Jacob

Kitty Raymond is an entertainment writer and astrologer. She welcomes feedback at kitty@media-darling.com. 

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