While it's an experience many mothers go through, it remains little discussed.
Now Sara Cox has opened up about how her confidence plummeted when her career stalled after she became a mother.
The broadcaster, 46, has admitted feeling like she had "lost my mojo" in the years after she gave birth to her third child in 2010.
Speaking to the Daily Mail's You magazine, the presenter – who now hosts the Radio 2 'Drivetime' slot – said: "I think people thought I’d taken a career break to be a good mum.
"And I might have spun it to sound like that – “Ooh, yes, I put my career aside for the kids.” But that wasn’t really the truth – I just didn’t have a job."
Cox had her first child, daughter Lola, in her twenties with first husband Jon Carter and continued to be a successful working mum.
However, after she married second husband Ben Cyzer and had two further children, son Isaac and daughter Renee, in her 30s, the jobs dried up.
She said: "The thing about working in showbiz is that when your career’s faltering a bit, you can’t escape everybody else’s success.
"Unless you don’t ever listen to the radio or watch telly again, you just see other people flourishing and launching new shows."
The DJ decided to seek help from Davina McCall, whose career she admired, telling her: "I’ve really lost my mojo. I don’t know what I’m doing."
She also received support from Richard Madeley and Jonathan Ross as she got her work-life back on track.
In 2018, it was announced that she would be taking over from Simon Mayo to host the coveted Radio 2 show.
Speaking in March to Red magazine, Cox said: "I feel like I’ve jumped into my own little dream."
She added: "'It feels like I know myself better. Your twenties are for partying, your thirties – if you choose to have kids or are lucky enough to have them – are when you give yourself over to childcare, and then in your forties it just becomes about you a bit more...
"Hopefully, the fifties will be absolutely excellent."
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