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Transition to motherhood is a joyful and exciting phase combined with moments of emotional ups and downs, fatigue and exhaustion. Lack of support during the transition phase, can lead to the onset of postnatal psychological distress especially in first time mothers. The objective of this article is to highlight the importance, role, and impact of social support to prevent distress and promote wellbeing in first time mothers. Articles have been selected and screened from various academic databases like Scopus, PubMed, PsycINFO, and Web of Science. The results of the review indicate that emotional and appraisal support have a significant association in promoting wellbeing and preventing distress. Mothers experience lower levels of distress and improved wellbeing when they receive social support. It is recommended that tailor made interventions based on the knowledge, skills and techniques relevant to the postpartum mothers need to be curated and delivered to empower new mothers.