Alex Jones is raising awareness for a lesser-discussed side effect of having a baby by opening up about the loneliness she felt after giving birth.
The TV presenter and resident host of BBC’s The One Show took to Instagram to start a conversation about the issue by sharing her own experience with motherhood and how lonely she felt following the birth of her son, Teddy.
The Welsh star, who is currently expecting her second child with husband Charlie Thompson, praised the work of Mummy Social, an organisation dedicated to offering support to the many women who feel lonely and isolated.
‘Loneliness is one of the more unexpected feelings that can accompany motherhood, especially in the early days,’ Alex wrote to her 141k followers. ‘I know I felt it back in the first stages with Teddy when his dad had gone back to work, mum had gone back to Wales and my friends were busy getting on with their own lives whilst I was too scared to leave the house with a newborn.’
She continued: ‘It gets better of course, and with confidence comes the ability to socialise with other mums. Some feel lonely at later stages though and it can creep up on you when you least expect it.
‘The brilliant #mummysocial have opened up that conversation and have said loud and clear that it’s ok to feel lonely and that most of us have at one time or another. If you have a friend with a baby who you know is home alone all day and you can pop in for 15 mins for a cuppa, do it. I’ll make all the difference. There’s not much a cuppa and a chat can’t sort out.’
Alex’s post quickly sparked a conversation in her comments sections, with many mothers coming forward and sharing similar experiences.
‘I felt lonely from the moment I was left in hospital with my baby,’ one woman commented. ‘She is now 5. I still feel lonely. I isolated myself from friends. Probably depressed. Had to go back to work. Guilt. I now don’t have any friends. Having isolated myself I remain that. School runs are the hardest. It doesn’t get better for us all.’
Another wrote: ‘Pregnant with my 1st at the moment and it wasn’t something I thought of. Will share this with friends and make sure I return the favour in the future,’ while others praised Alex for opening up the conversation, saying: ‘Well done on tackling such a taboo subject.’
Mummy Social has built a community of more than 80,000 mums, helping women across the country feel more connected.