Natasha Leggero believes the world deserves her children — and yours too! Her new book, The Most Important Thing, asks why women are increasingly abandoning motherhood in favor of full-time careers, and reveals the shocking secrets — and solutions — to the global motherhood crisis.
Like many mothers, Natasha Leggero was thrilled when she found out that she was pregnant with her third child. But before Natasha could share the news with friends and family, she had already decided she wasn’t going to be a mother. She had decided to quit her job as a journalist to pursue her dreams of becoming a professional writer. “I had no choice but to make this choice or suffer the consequences,” she recalls.
When Natasha was 17, she began experiencing panic attacks, heart palpitations, and was hospitalized a total of 13 times with severe depression. In one particularly scary moment during her first hospital visit, the doctor recommended she seek treatment to see if she could be released. A few hours later, Natasha arrived in the emergency room with a broken shoulder and was hospitalized for a further two days. “By the time I was 25 I was experiencing suicidal thoughts,” she remembers. When Natasha finally came to, it was only with the realization that she was now a mother. Her mother had died of breast cancer when Natasha was nine. After her mother’s death, Natasha had often struggled to get over her losses and focus on life. Now she was ready to take the next step and start a family of her own. “I finally realized that my life wasn’t complete until I had a family,” she says. “I became a mother as if it were an event in history.”
The day Natasha found out she was pregnant with her second child, she drove to the doctor’s office to have her pregnancy confirmed. It was a Sunday, and the appointment was scheduled for that afternoon. She had spent the week working on her book, a memoir she hoped would go above and beyond the usual family-friendly fare. “I had so many preconceptions about writing such a book,” Natasha says. “I didn