Thanks to social media platforms like Instagram, celebrities can connect with their fans on a whole new level.
We get to take more than a peek into their lives.
Even when they’re decked out in gorgeous clothes or flawless makeup most of the time, there are unguarded moments that make us think, "Oh, they can be like us, too."
In the case of celebrity moms, they give us a glimpse of their crazy #MomLife. It’s a pretty nice reminder that even celebrities can’t escape the ups and downs of motherhood. That’s because kids will always be kidsand parenting will never be smooth sailing.
If you’re looking for some mom inspo, here are some celebrity mommas who are not afraid to show you what it’s like to be a parent:
1. Jennica Uytingco
Though she mostly kept out of show business since she got pregnant in 2014, Jennica, who has yet to approach her 30s, has gained a huge following on Instagram.
She’s inspiring fellow moms through her advocacy of natural parenting (espouses full-term breastfeeding and co-sleeping, among others) and her unfiltered thoughts on pregnancy (she is expecting her second child with husband Alwyn), family life, and raising her firstborn, Mori.
She now conducts parenting workshops, proving just how much people respect this young momma’s parenting skills.
"Took a picture for remembrance. For the FIRST time in about two and a half years, nakatulog ang aking anak ng hindi nag breastfeed at may ilaw habang ako ang nag-aalaga. NAKAKAIYAK! Hahahahaha!"
But even as you marvel how she’s doing this whole parenting thing right, a quick look on Instagram will reveal that she’s just like any mom—she gets tired and sometimes forgets to cook dinner. She has to deal with a very energetic toddler! All too familiar, right?
"Kamote Kamote kayo diyan! Pantawid gutom dahil ang Nanay di pa nakapag luto ng hapunan."
2. Bianca Gonzalez-Intal
The celebrity host has always been outspoken even before becoming a mom. And she hasn’t let motherhood stop her from talking about issues she deems necessary to discuss, like how “millennial moms are under a lot of pressure” to be perfect (and to breastfeed!).
She also feels “mom guilt” especially when she’s away from daughter Lucia. She deals with sleepless nights from being a working mom. All this she unabashedly shares on her Instagram account.
"I suffer from mom-guilt. Two years into this whole motherhood thing, I still feel guilty when I take time for myself for pampering or working out or.. anything. (Di ko alam bakit!)"
If you need some positive reinforcement, follow Bianca—she will remind you that self-care doesn’t hurt, that it’s okay if you’re not a perfect mother (no one is!), and that at the end of the day, your greatest reward will always be your children.
"I am happy and proud to have breastfed my daughter for 2 years, til she weaned herself."
3. Neri Miranda
Neri’s Instagram is as real as it gets that it’s hard to think that she’s a celebrity and wife of a rock star.
From lengthy captions that tell stories of her day, sweet photos (and messages!) of her and husband Chito, and adorable photos of their son, Miggy, you’d think that you’re just following your best mom friend on Instagram.
"Kahit stressed at pagod si Mommy, ikaw lang ay sapat na. Napapawi na lahat ng pagod ko. Hindi ako napapagod at nagrereklamo sa pag aalaga sa iyo anak. Sa iba ako na-i-stress, haha! Kaligayahan ko ang pagsilbihan ka, anak ko.
"Yes nangayayat po ako kase nagkasakit rin ako after ni Miggy. Suka ako nang suka. Hindi po ako buntis."
But what we appreciate is her no-nonsense approach to parenting—she’s not afraid to show off her tiangge finds for her son, admit that she sometimes gets stressed, not to mention exhausted, and that she doesn’t really mind what you think of her as a mother.
In short, she’s not on Instagram to please you, and that’s what makes you want to follow her.
4. Jodi Sta. Maria
This mom has over one million followers on Instagram and for a good reason. She's an example of a single mother who knows how to take care of her son well without forgetting to care for herself, too.
Jodi is a well-rounded mama. Marvel at her beauty and sense of style, her effort to stay in shape, her perseverance to never stop learning, and her ability to become friends with her ex's current partner. Her captions are always positive, uplifting, and inspiring that it's hard not to click that 'Follow' button.
There's no doubt that Jodi is a kind-hearted individual which is why moms aspire to be like her.
5. Judy Ann Santos
From her time as a teleserye queen up to the time she has become a mom, Judy Ann has always had this nice but sensible attitude that made everyone love her.
'What you see is what you get' is what you often think when looking at her feed.
You'll get a sense of her parenting style from her feed—like how she limits screen time for her kids, how she deals with her child's tantrum, or how she uses cooking to teach her kids valuable lessons.
And celebrity status aside, you'll be glad to know that she's just like any mom. Exercising makes her cringe (although she knows she needs it and she's actually pretty awesome at it).
She loves taking selfies and photobombing friends, and she knows how to show her man some lovin' (or make fun of him sometimes, hehe).
This story originally appeared on SmartParenting.com.ph.
*Minor edits have been made by the PEP.ph editors.