Having a baby doesn’t just change you, it has a profound effect on the relationships you have with those around you. I’m not just talking about your raging pregnancy hormones turning you into momzilla; I’m referring to a very serious concern that women have during pregnancy. You want to know if you’ll get your life back after having a baby, or if this new addition means you’ll be on lock down for the rest of your life. This concern was especially true for me as I was the first in my peer group to get married and have babies. Fortunately, I have very understanding friends who don’t hound me for attention and let me be. It was also reassuring to know that I didn’t have to feel guilty about neglecting them, because they understood where my life was. I do have a group of mom friends who I’ve acquired with age and are an incredible support system, but my childhood and varsity friends are always there. And whether we meet for lunch or are supporting each other at an important celebration or life event, we pick up right where we left off. The gift of such friendship has been an invaluable source of love and comfort for me. If you’re struggling with this, read what Lisa Lazarus has to say in her article What Happens to Friendships after Baby on page 34. We also have some great advice for those moms who are Flying Solo on page 32. Keep us updated on your pregnancy journey and do tell us what you think of this issue. Until next time..