'What I wish I knew': Mums share what they'd tell themselves

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Between sleep-deprivation, recovery from birth and adjusting to the isolation of long days at home with a baby, motherhood can come as a huge shock. 

If you could go back in time and speak to yourself as a first-time mum, what would you say?

That's the subject of a mumsnet forum where women are sharing what they'd tell their tired, overwhelmed selves.

It's raw, it's honest, it's direct and it's funny. You'll want to bookmark it and send it to every expectant parent you know.

Here are some of the best: