As a mommy-to-be, you probably know that one of the great aspects about these nine months is forming friendships with other females that are in the same position that you are. Few things are more comforting than being able to surround yourself with women who are also expecting.
Not only is doing so a great way to get some parenting advice, it's also a place where you can discuss concern that you may not feel comfortable inquiring about during those prenatal health visits.
You may in fact find yourself spending more time with other pregnant women and less with those who aren't before having your baby. This isn't unusual, nor is the tendency of growing apart from other females who aren't mothers.
In fact, a recent study conducted by researchers at Philips AVENT, a parenting and baby products manufacturer, showed that three-quarters of females that recently gave birth lost touch with women they were close to before they had their bundle of joy.
"Having a baby is a massive milestone for anyone, and one which completely changes your life. If your friends don’t have children, it can be extremely difficult for them to understand your new responsibilities," said Tina Withington, spokeswoman for Philips AVENT, in a statement.
"Other mums can provide additional support lacking elsewhere such as offering advice on areas like breastfeeding and sleeping patterns."
Of course, this doesn't have to be the case with you if you are having a baby. Experts always recommend that you schedule some time to hang out and relax without your tiny tot when you can as you're less likely to get overwhelmed that way.