Coined by medical anthropologist Dana Raphael, Matrescence is the phase that defines the physical, psychological and emotional changes one goes through after the birth of a child. Simply put, it is the process of becoming a mother. Motherhood is traditionally represented by the birth of a child, what society fails to realise is when a child is born, so is a mother, said clinical psychologist, Rekha Bajaj. Stepping into this unchartered world can be daunting for a young first-time mother with little to no knowledge of what to expect. Yet, despite the everlasting impact this change leaves, several experts believe that the progression of becoming a mother has been largely unexplored in the medical community. Our families, science, doctors keep us well informed about the physical and psychological changes we experience when we hit puberty but, none of that knowledge is imparted to women before going through a fundamental transformation when they are having a baby. I often get several would-be or new mothers coming to me with severe anxiety. The worst part is they feel the need to hide this anxiety from their partners and families.First-time mom Meghna Srivastava, 28, always wanted to be a mother and loved being pregnant, she expected to feel the same way about her journey as a mother but she found herself coping with mixed emotions and a changing identity as she struggled to find her footing into this new role.