Motherhood is often portrayed as the holy grail of perfection and wonderment - a time filled with love and selflessness that is fulfilling and rewarding and which gives us a sense of completeness we might never have experienced before.
Portrayals however, are rarely full reflections of reality.
Over time I built up some really good friendships and some of us even went on to have our next children at a similar time." Joanna Fortune, clinical psychotherapist at Solamh says that loneliness is something that gets hugely overlooked but affects a lot of people.
I was desperate for adult company and found myself tearful frequently when my husband left for work."I met some really lovely women there who were at the same stage of life as me.It was fantastic to chat with other mums who felt the same and were experiencing similar struggles with their babies." "I made a special effort to attend the group every week, no matter how tired I was because their company was priceless.I literally stood at the door waiting for my husband to come home and was very annoyed if he was ever delayed.It's funny, but it was a colleague of my husband who was the person who flagged to him how lonely I must be at home all day alone.