While Lauren Conrad adores her and husband William Tell's two boys — Liam, 4, and Charlie, 2 — she revealed on the May 3 episode of the "Perelel Lives" podcast that she struggled to feel like herself after giving birth.
"I was like, 'I don't know when I'm gonna get back.' Like, 'Am I just a new human now?'" she explained. "The emotional journey afterwards... was just really challenging."
"I think a lot of times we get caught up as moms. You know, we've built our Pinterest pages. We've created this idea that things need to be perfect," continued the reality star, 36. "But sometimes when you're doing stuff for kids, you have to do it for your kids and not for yourself. They just want to have fun."
Luckily, the Little Market co-founder had plenty of mom pals to turn to and exchange stories with.
"It's like a funny game that women play with each other because you know it's worth it and you can't just tell that to someone," noted Conrad. "I had friends who told me just enough; they told me the things I needed to know. They helped me prepare with checklists and then were there for me afterwards, in a supportive way."
"It's important to just be you for a minute. I think it's important to do things your own way because every kid is different," added The Hills alum. "Every parent is different, every situation's different. I think that parents need to support each other a little more. I have a community of friends that are ... just constantly reminding each other, 'You're doing great. I'm proud of you. You're such a good mom.' That makes a difference."
Conrad admitted that she wasn't one of those woman who loved being pregnant, but knowing that she and Tell wanted only two kids made the pregnancies a "little easier" to handle.
"I think this is why we keep having kids," quipped the fashion designer. "I feel like I've blacked a lot of it out."