Feeling lonely as a young parent is very common. Our Ping young pregnancy and parenting group share their experiences and advice, and we share ways to identify how you may be feeling and how to tackle it.
Young Mothers in particular are more likely to experience postpartum depression and feelings of isolation and low self-esteem. You might be the only one of your friends to have had a baby and they may not understand what it’s like to be a parent. Meeting new friends can be difficult too and often baby groups have older Mums and Dads with little in common with you.
It can be difficult just to get out the house when your baby is young, but it can help you get back into a routine and improve your mental health. Men can also feel lonely, tired and down, especially in the first year of your baby’s life. It’s important for Mums and Dads to have time alone and with friends.
If you are feeling low, tired all the time, feel hopeless or having difficulty bonding with your baby it’s important to contact your family nurse, health visitor or doctor.
You could also call NHS24 on 111.
In an emergency you should call 999.
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