Mother and Baby

Because Celebs Are Working Mums Too...

It's the never-ending battle - how to balance working and motherhood without losing the plot completely. Sure, celebrities have more flexibility (and a bigger pay packet) than most of us to make things a little easier, but they still struggle with mother's guilt. Read on to see what they have to say about being a working mum in the modern world.
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Maggie Gyllenhaal

'Growing up in Los Angeles, I was surrounded by plenty of working moms, including my grandmother, a pediatrician, and my mother, a writer and producer. This seemed very natural to me. I just thought, "Well, that’s what moms do. They work and raise their kids." 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.' Image from Rex.
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Myleene Klass

'I find the time to do as many things as I can in the way that any other working mother does. My own mum, who had three kids aged under four, always found time for everybody and everything else.' Image from Rex.
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Victoria Beckham

'It’s a huge juggling act, when you are a working mother and looking after your family. Millions and millions of women around the world are doing this every day, but it’s not easy and yes, you feel guilty every time you walk out of the door to go to work.' Image from Rex.
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Rachel Weisz

'I have respect for all working moms out there, because it's definitely a complicated balancing act, which millions of women are doing all the time...But I'm a part of that club now. I'm still new to it. I'm green. I'm still figuring it out as it goes.' Image from Rex.
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Miranda Kerr

(In 2011) 'I am breastfeeding and pumping. When I am at work, I am pumping. I feel like a milk maid, but its worth it.' Image from Rex.
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Kate Beckinsale

'I think any working mother will tell you that what kind of falls by the wayside, you know, are the hours of sleep that you wish you had, and all that. I feel incredibly lucky and blessed, but I do sometimes feel like that exorcist lady!' Image from Rex.
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Nicole Richie

'I think [it's] a global struggle and we, all women, are constantly trying to find a solution [between business and family]. I'm like any other working mother trying to make things work and dealing with this situation one day at a time. I have an amazing family and they've all been very supportive, my parents live only ten minutes away and my husband and his twin brother help me when I need it.' Image from Rex.
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Uma Thurman

'[My ex-husband Ethan Hawke] claimed I couldn't be a full-time mother and actress and I always insisted I could. But I couldn't. I really try to give all of myself. I wouldn't even read a script that wasn't shooting in New York because I needed to be home.' Image from Rex.
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Fearne Cotton

'The first few months I thought, "How will I ever go back to work?" It felt impossible. [But now Rex] is doing his own thing - eating and sitting up. He feels like a little man. He’s less vulnerable, I’m less vulnerable. I can start doing all the things I used to do without feeling too much of that mother’s guilt. It’s a good place to be at.' Image from Rex.
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Jamie Lee Curtis

'As a mom, you have to look at how much time you're spending with your kids. There is nothing you will regret more in your life - nothing - than not being present for your children.' Image from Rex.
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Teri Hatcher

'I'm really clear about my priority in life - it's being a mom... I love doing films, but I wouldn't like to do that more than I'd like to be my daughter's mother.' Image from Rex.
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Kate Winslet

'I [balance work with raising kids] with great precision. I plan everything in advance; who's picking up. We have charts, maps and lists on the fridge, all over the house. I sometimes feel like I'm with the CIA.' Image from Rex.
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Kelly Ripa

'I feel like women are a role model to me. I'm constantly meeting working moms in my audience who achieve so much in their lives that I feel encouraged and empowered by them. We're all going through the motions of working and raising our children and being good wives - as best we can. ... I don't know if I [juggle family and career] particularly well.' Image from Rex.
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Sarah Jessica Parker

'As a working mother high heels don't really fit into my life anymore - but in a totally wonderful way. I would much rather think about my [children] than myself.' Image from Rex.
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Michelle Williams

'I wish I had side projects! I'm kind of like a 'one thing at a time' girl. I can't really take on [more]. I wish I was one of those people who's also taking lots of photos and going to cooking classes. But I just work and raise the kid. That's all I can do.' Image from Rex.
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Julianne Moore

'[I manage] the same way everybody else does who has children and a job. You do the best you can! A lot of other things - like your social life - fall by the wayside.' Image from Rex.
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Demi Moore

'The percentage of working mothers is very high, and they end up with two weeks of a year to be with their children. They don't have help. I don't know how they do it. So I certainly cannot complain.' Image from Rex.
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Tina Fey

'The ideal situation for a parent is one that no one has - having a fulfilling job that requires you to work three days a week.' Image from Rex.
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Jessica Alba

'I think [balancing work and family] is something that most women in this country can relate to. It's tough. It's a tough balance, trying to be the best mom. And obviously my family is my priority. And then also, I love what I do, and I love that I get to have a job that I enjoy so much and gives me the freedom to spend a lot of time with my daughter, frankly, and travel and everything else. But it is hard not to spend every second with her.' Image from Rex.
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Emma Bunton

'My mum [is my inspiration]. She’s not far from me. She’s got lots of friends and heads off on weekend trips away and I’ll call her and ask: "Where are you? What do you mean you’re away?! What do you mean, you’re doing things without me?!"' Image from Rex.
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