New mums ‘loneliest’ in first year after childbirthNovember 14th, 2007 - 2:28 am ICT by admin
The survey claimed that the first year after childbirth was the loneliest time of a young woman’s life, as mothers with new babies spent only 90 minutes a day in the company of adults other than their partners, reports the Telegraph.
In the survey, a quarter of mothers reported that their relationship went downhill after they gave birth, with 5 per cent saying they had split up, 8 per cent coming close to separating and 47 per cent arguing more.
Only one in five said their relationship had become stronger.
The analysis found that while their partners often threw themselves into their work and went out afterwards to relieve tension, the vast majority of women felt cut off from family, friends and work colleagues,
Seven out of 10 said their social life was either non-existent or a fraction of what it was before the baby arrived, and also felt irritated that their partners’ social lives ‘hadn’t really changed’.
“Hour after hour with an adorable but demanding baby who frequently cries and rarely sleeps is a considerable challenge for all new mums, but feeling isolated from their family and their old life is the hardest thing new mums have to cope with,” the study said.
Elena Dalrymple, the editor of Mother and Baby magazine, said: “Leaving work and having a baby is a huge physical and emotional adjustment. Friends without babies drift off, grandparents live miles away, neighbours are barely on nodding terms.” (ANI)
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