I’m pregnant with my 2nd bub and I can’t decide whether I should join a mother’s group for no. 2. To be honest, I found my first Mother’s group not that supportive and it seemed to be full of ‘perfect’ mums with kids who slept (mine was the opposite). Maybe I just got a bad group. Did you think Mother’s Groups are any good?

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  • Not for me. They were just not my thing and my eldest was one that never slept and the others just didnt seem to understand.

  • Well I didn’t join any but i’ve heard good things about joining a mum’s group.

  • If you go to a Mums group after you have had your 2nd baby there may be others there who also have another child about the same age as your first one. That would be very beneficial if your 1st child doesn’t have others to interact with.

  • I didn’t join one. But I met other mums by doing other baby/Toddler activities out there. Baby library sessions, Playgroup and then the few I met would introduce me to their mum friends, etc.

    So I ended up connecting with mums I had more in common with than forced into a group. So won’t be doing mums group with my second either. There are alternatives.

  • One of my groups is great, the other I’ve made a couple of friends and and we catch up outside of the group. Depends on your luck with the group…it’s a nice excuse to get out of the house

  • I tried going to a couple of different mum’s groups with my son, but I too always felt like I was the odd one out. I found I was always the oldest mum in the group with big age differences between me and the other mums which made it hard. I also felt very intimidated with their perfect hair, prams, make up etc, and found it was making me feel worse about everything, so I stopped going

  • No harm in going! I was really lucky with my mother’s group. A few of the mums were there with their 2nd child and it was great to get their insight as i was a new mum. I think it’s definitely worth going. But give it a good chance. It took our group a little while to get to know eachother and feel comfortable to be fully open and honest.

  • I loved my mother’s group. They were a very different bunch of ladies but we were all so supportive of each other. Give it a go. You can always leave if it’s not a good environment

  • I’ve joined a local Australian Breastfeeding Association group and love it!
    Everyone is so welcoming and it’s amazing what we can do as mums when we have a team of other mums around us.

    Give it a try and if you don’t like it you don’t have to keep going. I always think it’s nice to get out of the house for a specific occasion.

  • My mothers group is the best, we meet up once a week and we all talk about how the week is going and if someone is having trouble we all talk about how to fit it and what they can try. You can ask to be moved to a other group if you dont feel like you fit in.

  • Oh yes, I found my mothers group a great source of friendships. The women are going through the same things and stages of infancy as you and its a great place to share your ups and downs. I’m still friends with three of the women I went to mothers group with and a very close friend with one of them.

  • Although my mothers group was not that great an experience, however I know lots of people who have made life long friends through these groups. My advise would be to give it a go.. if it works for you – great. If not you don’t have to go again.

  • I personally didnt get any benefit out of a scheduled mothers group! The most support / fun I had was randomly talking to other mothers at the Park/ indoor playground. Wasn’t forced like mothers groups are. Just a generally chat.

  • I think that if you find the right mothers group they are very beneficial. It is always helpful for us mum’s to discuss not only issues we are having but every day things with other women/parents who may be going through or have gone through the same thing. It helps to make us feel as though we are not alone in the way we are feeling. It also helps us to act/belong/commit in our own community + with the added bonus that bubs will have other little ones to interact with. I am all for the Mothers groups !!!

  • I found I didn’t gel with a lot of the women in my mum’s group, some were nice but finding the time to spend time together was difficult.

    I still think go if you can manage.

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