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Louise McSharry

I popped into my local Boots recently to grab a click-and-collect order, and found myself awash with nostalgia. I was with my youngest son, who is nearly four, and suddenly had a flashback to when his older brother was a baby. It was a very difficult time. I struggled intensely to adjust to motherhood, and felt more alone than any other time I can remember. I had been led to believe motherhood was a love bubble, a time when you felt overwhelmed with good fortune. Instead, I felt like a total failure. I felt like such a failure that I couldn’t even say it out loud, such was my fear of other people’s judgment. If other people knew I didn’t feel the right way, then they’d know I was a bad mother, which was too much to even think about. Instead, I felt like a bad mother all by myself.