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Jennifer Garner's maternal instincts kicked in incredibly early.
The mom-of-three co-hosted the Mother's Day episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she told the audience full of expectant moms all about her own experience with pregnancy and motherhood. Jennifer, who has kids Violet, 12, Seraphina, 9, and Samuel, 6, with her ex-husband Ben Affleck, said that the first time around she just knew that she was pregnant -- even though her doctor told her she wasn't!
"I woke up that morning and I just knew, and I peed on the stick and it was so faint.... those first few days it's so faint you can hardly tell," she recalled. "So I was on my way to work and I called my doctor and said, 'Can I come in and have a proper test?' And he gave me one, and he said, 'You're not pregnant, it's negative.' And I was like, 'Yeah, I am. I'm telling you I am.' And so, Violet is [now] 12 and I don't use that doctor anymore."
I've heard other mothers say the same thing, that they had some kind of sixth sense about being pregnant and knew they were expecting before a pregnancy test ever confirmed it. My experience was kind of the opposite - I had to pee on a half dozen sticks or so before I could actually believe it was true!
While Jennifer seems a natural at motherhood, she did reveal that her pregnancies weren't entirely enjoyable. Not only did her body change drastically -- "I carried a baby in the back as much as I did in the front," she says -- but her morning sickness was actually all-day sickness that got progressively worse with each baby.
Of course, it was all worth it in the end. Before signing off, Jennifer passed on a few words of comfort, along with some pretty profound motherhood wisdom, to the soon-to-be moms in the audience.
"Here's the thing, you guys. You will get your bodies back, you will get your lives back, you can still travel, you can still have fun, you can still go back to work, or not, you can breastfeed, or not. You will be best friends with your kid and then someday you're going to realize you're actually angry with them and that's okay," she told them. "You're going to be great, because it's your experience and it's your baby and it's your body and it's going to happen the way you want it to and you're starting your families. It's going to be beautiful."
I love that. It's great to share tips and advice with other moms, but when it comes right down to it every pregnancy, every baby, every mother and every family are unique. There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to parenting, we all just figure out what works for us as we go.
Check out Jennifer Garner's funny Mother's Day music video below. Did you know you were pregnant really early on, too?
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