Lauren Brant, an actress and former member of Hi-5, has discussed the struggles of being a first-time mum.
"So today ... has sucked!” she wrote on Instagram.
“I love Miller with all my heart and I love being a mother, HIS mother! But today ... I realised that I have not been kind enough to myself and this is a HUGE problem because when I get run down, agitated or sad, I'm a lesser mum.”
Lauren also mentioned that Miller had been “extremely needy” and wasn't sleeping properly.
“Miller has become extremely needy of me and with that, is not sleeping well at all ... ever. He is constantly trying to get close to me, hold my face, feel my skin against his and get comfort from breastfeeding. I love that he loves me that much, but I feel drained and so damn exhausted."
“So when I find myself with a spare hour — I try do everything at once and then NOTHING gets done and then, I feel completely frustrated.”
She explained her situation had highlighted the need to make self-care a priority.
“I really need to find balance again, cause today - I admit I am just not coping,” she said. “I know I’ll get my mojo back and I know Miller and I will work it out. I just have to remind myself that I can’t look after everyone and I can’t do everything all the time - because I lose me!”
Many of Lauren’s followers flooded the post with words of support, praising her for her honesty.
“I remember all too well how hard the early days were, I promise things get better,” one mother penned.
“I so appreciate the honesty of this post. I love my 16-month-old but I’m not always the best mother when I’m tired. But I’m learning that a bad day is usually followed by a better day, rarely two bad days in a row.”
The 28-year-old met her partner, Barry Hall while filming I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! in South Africa in 2015.
This article originally appeared on New Idea.