‘My friends dropped me when I fell preg­nant’

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Laura Davies, 28, lives in Bournemouth with her part­ner Scott, 29, a sur­veyor, and their son Max, eight. She says, “Be­fore I fell preg­nant with Max, when I was 20, my life was a whirl­wind. I was a photography stu­dent and al­ways out with friends. But when I had Max, my life changed im­mea­sur­ably. My friends were still out club­bing, while I felt like I was suf­fo­cat­ing un­der a moun­tain of nap­pies. We drifted apart as we were at com­pletely dif­fer­ent life stages.

“I tried to make new friends but found it dif­fi­cult. I went to mother and baby groups, but the other moth­ers were older and I felt they looked down on me. Scott was sup­port­ive, but he was at work dur­ing the day so there was lit­tle he could do to help. I’d end up go­ing to my lo­cal li­brary just so I felt I was get­ting some hu­man con­tact.

“Three years ago, some­one sug­gested I con­tact the Young Women’s Trust [a char­ity that sup­ports women aged 16-30, www.young­wom­en­strust.org]. I joined an ad­vi­sory panel on ma­ter­nal dis­crim­i­na­tion and ended up meet­ing lots of young women just like me. It kick­started my abil­ity to make friends and gave me con­fi­dence. Now, I no longer feel lonely, but it was a crip­pling time.”

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