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​Mum Praised For Admitting Fears She Might Not Love Second Child As Much As First

A parenting blogger has been praised for admitting that she feared that she wouldn't love her second child as much as she loved her first born.

Louise Pentland took to Instagram to open up about her anxieties over the birth of her second daughter Pearl.


Also known as SprinkleOfGlitter, Louise told her followers that she was scared because she wasn't instantly gushing with love for her growing baby.

Ahead of Pearl's first birthday, the 33-year-old wrote: "Flashback Friday to a photo I've not shared on Instagram (I know, madness!) and taken by the incredibly talented @lindablacker.

"I'm thinking a lot about this time last year at the moment. Pearl was due Jan 1st so everyday was potentially my last as the 'Mummy & Darcy Team'.

"I was really anxious that I wouldn't be able to love Pearl the same way I love Darcy, who feels just so so special to me. I didn't want to talk about that much because I felt pregnant women were supposed to instantly gush with love for their growing babe and I was still fearful. Anyone else felt that?

"Pearl was cosy in there and didn't pop out until the 14th and mine and Darcy's team got a brand new member. Thankfully, a mother's heart is pretty cool because it doesn't half with a new child but doubles instead.

"Essentially, and I hope you don't mind the bluntness here- it's ok to be scared sh*tless that you might be a crap mum, your heart will surprise you. Ahhh.


"Please do feel free to share your fears or support other women in the comments but of course be respectful and kind- you never know what kind of day someone is having."

Louise's followers praised her for being so open and it also led to others sharing comments about their similar experiences.

One follower wrote: "I feel very similar. I have a six-year-old little girl and I am 10 weeks pregnant after enduring recurrent miscarriages.

"So I have many fears. It's just so hard to imagine loving anyone like I love my daughter. I know it will happen, but it's just so hard to wrap my mind around right now [sic]."

Another added: "I'm due with my second in June. We have a two-year-old girl and this one is a boy. I'm so so excited but so scared at the same time. I just don't ever want my daughter to feel like she's been pushed to the side [sic]."

A third said: "I'm 30 weeks pregnant with my second and have the exact same feeling. Even that I feel this pregnancy has flew by so much quicker than my first and I fear it's because I'm not looking forward to it as much as I did the first time. Then I feel sh*t for feeling like this [sic]."

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Bethany Gleave

Bethany Gleave is a Freelance Journalist at PRETTY52 and joined the team in 2018. She is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from the University of Salford, and started her career at a national press agency, writing breaking and trending news for the national newspapers.

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