Motherhood, for all its joy and wondrous miracles, can be a lonely experience.
While your unattached and un-babied friends are still out doing whoever and whatever, you’re at home watching In The Night Garden, cleaning up various bodily fluids and reading AIBU threads on Mumsnet.
For most of the day, it’s probably just you and your baby.
And that lack of adult interaction can soon become tiresome – if not crushingly isolating.
Which is why one mother and entrepreneur has set up an app to connect and bring mothers together IRL.
Peanut is the brainchild of Michelle Kennedy, ex-Badoo CEO, alongside Deliveroo co-founder Greg Orlowski.
After struggling with loneliness herself as a new mum, Michelle decided to what she calls the ‘stigma’ of motherhood once and for all.
‘It’s not really okay to say “I am feeling a bit isolated” or “motherhood is not skipping and dancing on the hills so far and I am not beaming and glowing”. I felt completely inhibited by saying “actually this is really hard! or even worse ‘!I am bored”,’ she tells the Independent.
She says that she just wanted to hang out with other women going through the same thing.
Peanut, which only launched on 15 February, aims to do just that by helping women make meaningful connections based on their interests and values.
‘We see motherhood as an adventure in the life of a woman,’ they say on their website.
‘The best chapter in your book, but not the only one. Just because you entered motherhood, you didn’t stop being you.’
‘To build a community of women, who happen to be mamas. Because let’s face it, the more women in your life, the better it becomes.’
And you don’t have to be a new mum to use it; the app is designed for women who have children up to the age of 16.
All mums have to do is log in with their Facebook profiles and then they’ll be connected to other nearby mothers with similar interests and backgrounds.
You can include factors like where you went to university, where you work, how many kids you have and how old they are.
And then you can start connecting individually or in group chats which can turn into group meet ups.
To make making arrangements easy, all users have to do is create a poll of meeting times and places and once the poll closes, the event goes straight into your phone calendar.
And that allows busy mums to stay on top of their social lives.
Peanut is free to download from the App store.