Having a baby can boost your social life, according to research
We all have that close-knit set of friends growing up, but once you become a mum expect to transform into a social butterfly - according to research by the CLIC Sargent charity.
Having a baby needn't dampen your social life, as reserach has revealed that new mums see a boom in their friendship numbers after giving birth, increasing up to at least 8 like-minded friends.
Post-birth, 48% of the 4,000 mums polled felt that their main focus since having a baby has been establishing a 'circle of trust' with mums who they can trust and relate to.
It's not just the school gates where mums are meeting their new buddies, the nursery (32%) and coffee meetings (22%) also fared popular places for new friendship making.
But what happens to old (and maybe childless) friends after motherhood? Unfortunately for them, 6 out of 10 felt that other mums were more in tune with them and their everyday life as opposed to their classmates or old chums. Some even admitted that if they haven't spoken to a friend for 2 years, they cut contact altogether!
However, an increasingly popular place to meet fellow mamas is via the web. Net savvy mums meet regularly online and Facebook to keep in touch, according to the research. With 50% using emails to natter, four in 10 rely on text messaging and 1 in 5 use IM (Instant Messager) as a tool to stay in contact.
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more like become a mum loose friends!
i have mum friends at toddlers but thats it, it stays there, nothing more ever.
at my 18th i had over 200 guests now i couldnt choose 20!
and people wonder why i dont care where i live
AWW! sometimes it can be hard to make and keep friends when you have children, I only have one good friend that i met after we had both had our first babies 8 years ago. All my previous friends don't bother, and that doesn't worry me. I talk to people at the school, and that' s enough for me.
A previous 'friend' stabbed me in the back (not literally) so I am very wary how much I tell new friends about my private life.
Hi Allie,congrats on your pregnancy! You'll make plenty on here
Yeah I'm sure we all know who is a true friend,once the children arrive,I'm very lucky,have made a few good friends at playgroups,but like Audrey I'm happy with our chats when we're there.
Aw Lau,hope few of us are included in this select few!!!!!
It's not quantity it's quality x I reckon you'll have loadsa new mates too when ya move!
of course rach!
im hoping that, thats the main reason im moving, theres alot more younger mums there, here im rare, they are either really young or late 30s so ive never fitted in.
Just gets to me alot, when i was younger i had to cancel things alot because i was always 'over booked' now i go weeks without any plans, thank god for mum and roo!
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