What’s more, many moms find that having children has left their social life in tatters – and at times when they could probably use people to lean on, too. Resulting feelings of loneliness and isolation are therefore not uncommon. And even if a mother does find the time to meet friends, she may not be able to justify the expense of coffee or lunch.
That’s right: according to research by the parenting network BabyCenter, over half of the mothers surveyed experience feelings of guilt when spending cash on themselves. It’s been suggested, moreover, that part of the reason for this is that many moms feel they should put others first. And then there’s the possibility that money may just be that little bit tighter thanks to the new arrival.
What’s more, new moms may run into financial difficulties as a direct result of having babies. Even if they were working prior to their pregnancies, you see, a number of women decide to quit their jobs after having given birth. And the findings of a 2004 Harris Interactive survey seem to bear that out: the study revealed that 43 percent of female respondents with children have taken leave from their respective careers.