Breaking Mum and Dad: The Insider’s Guide to Parenting Anxiety by Anna Williamson

Mental health for new mums and dads is a thing – a big thing – and it’s time we all stopped suffering in silence.

After being diagnosed with post-natal anxiety and birth trauma following the birth of her first baby, Anna Williamson went on a mission to uncover the real thoughts, feelings and behaviours that many of us experience in those first few weeks and months after becoming a parent. And it turns out she wasn’t alone. and neither are you.

Whether it’s making new friends, coping with changing relationships, breast and bottle feeding anxiety, going back to work worries, or the whole shift being a new parent poses mentally. Breaking Mum and Dad is a guide of empathy, sympathy and above all, hope. Packed with helpful advice, shared stories and practical guidance, alongside thoughts from clinical psychologist Dr Reetta Newell, this is a must-read therapist in your pocket.

Read it at 2am when you’re struggling with never ending night feeds, at 6am when you’ve already watched the same cartoon for the twentieth time, or at 10pm when you just long for sleep or a few minutes or seconds to yourself.


Experienced TV and radio broadcaster, No1 best selling author, counsellor, life coach and Master NLP practitioner. Anna uses this diverse skillset as the dating expert on Celebs Go Dating (E4), This Morning, Good Morning Britain (ITV), Inside Out (BBC One), Big Brother’s Bit on the Side (C5) and celebrity dating show Single AF (MTV).

She is also the host for National Lottery Xtra, and talkRADIO alongside Matthew Wright, Eamonn Holmes & Saira Khan. Anna also hosts and ‘drives’ ‘The Anna Williamson Show’ on BBC 3 Counties radio.

Her debut book ‘Breaking Mad,’ an anxiety busting guidebook published by Bloomsbury in 2017, became a number 1 best seller and her follow up book ‘Breaking Mum and Dad’ was released in March 2018 to critical acclaim and unanimous 5 star reviews.

Anna also hosts and co-produces ‘Breaking Mum and Dad: The Podcast’. Alongside ‘Loose Lips: The podcast’ with Luisa Zissman where both debate and talk openly about topical issues from relationships, celebs and parenting to careers. Both podcasts regularly reach the No 1 spot on iTunes!

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