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Marissa Mayer Motherhood: Yahoo CEO Says The Baby's "Been Easy"

11/28/2012 01:09 EST | Updated 11/28/2012 01:09 EST
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FILE- In this Monday, April 19, 2010 file photo, Google vice president of search products and user experience, Marissa Mayer, attends the 2010 Matrix Awards presented by the New York Women in Communications at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Yahoo announced Monday, July 16, 2012, that it is hiring longtime Google executive Marissa Mayer to be its next CEO, the fifth in five years as the company struggles to rebound from years of financial malaise and internal turmoil. Mayer, who starts at Yahoo Inc. on Tuesday, was one of Google’s earliest employees and was most recently responsible for its mapping, local and location services. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

How has Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO, found motherhood?

"The baby's been way easier than everyone made it out to be," she said at an event celebrating Fortune's 'Most Powerful Women' on Tuesday. "I think I've been really lucky that way but I had a very easy, healthy pregnancy," she added.

Mayer, who assumed the CEO position in July 2012, has been a source of controversy regarding her decisions around motherhood ever since she announced her two-week maternity leave earlier this year.

Some disapproved of her decision, saying it might prompt businesses to expect the same of other women, or it would be to her child's detriment. Others said Mayer's choice was a sign of progress, or no one's business but her own. The Yahoo CEO gave birth to her first child, a son, on Sept. 30.

In Canada, new mothers take an average of 44 weeks off their jobs for maternity leave, according to MoneySense.

Mayer cited her ability to prioritize as the reason she can balance success in business and in her personal life.

At the Fortune event, she declared her priorities as "God, family and Yahoo — in that order," putting her spin on former Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi's famous quote.

For any new mothers reading, what do you think of Mayer's statement? Has motherhood really been easier than you expected? Or does she make light of the demands of having a new baby?

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