A woman feels 'loneliest' in first year of motherhood: survey

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London, Oct 18 (UNI) A woman feels the loneliest in her life during the first year after giving birth to the first baby, a survey reveals.

The poll of 2,000 new mothers, commissioned by Mother and Baby magazine and Tesco reveals that for most new mothers the year after having their first baby turns out to be the loneliest, Daily Mail reported.

According to the survey, being isolated from family, friends and work colleagues they find it very different to the cosy world they had imagined.

Almost two in three live miles away from their own mother and around 53 per cent, say they feel 'lonely and isolated'.

Nine out of ten also accepted the loss of the social life they enjoyed before baby arrived and around two-thirds say they 'feel cut off from normal life'.

The poll also shows that today only 29 per cent live in the same town as their parents and only 7 per cent in the same city.

Elena Dalrymple, editor of Mother and Baby, said: ''Leaving work and having a baby is a huge physical and emotional adjustment for women''.

''Meanwhile babies are extremely demanding and life for new mums can be very lonely in our modern anti-social society,'' she said adding that to combat loneliness, today's mothers have to create a network of friends and neighbours.

The poll also showed that only 10 per cent mix with their neighbours after giving birth to new ones. Almost half say they have 'never really spoken to their neighbours'. A third feel tearful and 20 per cent feel they have no one to talk to.

Overall, the average new mother spends only 90 minutes a day in the company of others - apart from when their partner arrives home - and 34 per cent say they usually spend all day alone.

A quarter say their relationship has gone downhill since having a baby. Only 19 per cent say their relationship is stronger.

UNI

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