Turns out the world's most important job comes with a very cozy caveat, according to doctors: sleep.
Sleeping at least seven hours a night has been found to help new mothers shed baby weight that can otherwise pose health risks. Extra poundage around the middle for women can spell lower levels of HDL cholesterol - a risk factor for heart disease.
The research findings are significant enough, says Dr. Tracy Flanagan, "that I might say to my patients, more emphatically, to seek out ways to get more sleep."
In other words, there are actual health benefits to handing over household duties such as cleaning and folding laundry (often pushed to the end of the day). Shhhh, ladies. Don't cry.
Of course, this also means skipping out on Conan's nightly monologue. (But you're TiVO-ing that, anyway.)
Dr. Tracy Flanagan is director of women's health at Northern California Kaiser Permanente in Richmond, California.