More than a quarter of new mums feel isolated

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More than a quarter of new mums feel isolated

Despite having a new little one in the world with them, more than a quarter of recent mothers say they feel isolated.
After they have given birth, mothers say their network of friends declines, with 14 per cent saying they’ve lost touch with old friends and colleagues. 
This decrease in in social life was particularly significant for new mums aged 18 to 24.
Around a third of those questioned say they find being a mother harder than they’d expected and also say they feel more stressed since having a child.
This research from Mumsnet suggests that social isolation could be putting them at increased risk of mental health concerns such as post-natal depression. 
Tallking about the research in a little more detail was was Dr Steve Iley of AXA PPP Healthcare Health Services, who joined Wake Up London.

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