Only 25% of Ireland’s mums are looking after their own health and wellbeing post-pregnancy

Jennifer Maguire launches new research commissioned by Pregnacare® New Mum, Ireland’s number one pregnancy supplement brand

(Dublin, Tuesday 15th September 2015):  Only 25% of new mums have reported looking after their own health and wellbeing in the period of time post-pregnancy.  This is according to new research commissioned by Pregnacare® New Mum, Ireland’s number one pregnancy supplement brand.  The research has been conducted in an effort to remind new mums of the importance of managing their own health and wellbeing so that they can best care and nurture their baby. The research was launched by Jennifer Maguire, TV personality, RTE 2fm host and Pregnacare® New Mum ambassador, who gave birth to Florence Zamparelli in Dublin in March 2015.

Being a new mum is one of the most rewarding and exciting times in a woman’s life, but it is also a very challenging time heavily impacting on a woman’s physical and mental health and wellbeing.  Perhaps most obvious is the impact on energy levels with 92% of Irish mums reporting that they noticed a difference in their energy levels since their baby had arrived. Despite the average adult needing seven to nine hours of sleep per night[1], almost two thirds of new mums (63%) reported that they only get four to six hours of shut eye each night with 58% saying they never get a full night’s sleep without any interruptions from their baby.

The research also highlighted that lack of sleep is affecting relationships both inside and outside the home, with over half citing their relationships with their partners (51%) and nearly one third (31%) saying their relationships with friends are being affected.

Over half of new mums surveyed (56%) are concerned they are not consuming the right nutrients since their baby had arrived, with 45% reporting that they don’t have the time to cook themselves a wholesome meal since giving birth.

54% of new mum’s also reported having noticed a change to their skin since their baby was born, with 44% reporting that their skin now feels dry and damaged.  One third of (34%) new mums have noticed a change in their nails, with over half (54.9%) saying that they are now very brittle and chip easily.  One out of six (16.8%) new mums report that they are now concerned with the condition of their hair, with nearly seven out of ten (66.7%) saying they have noticed a change and over half (52%) citing that their hair has started to fall out.

Commenting on her own experience as a new mum, TV personality and 2FM host, Jennifer Maguire, said, “I’m delighted to be working with Pregnacare® New Mum on their new campaign. From hearing the research, I can definitely relate with other mums.  Since giving birth to Florence back in March, I have unluckily experienced acne like many other new mums. Added to the late night feeds and early starts, I just didn’t feel great. Like any new parent, life can be a little hectic when trying to juggle family and work. But in taking the Pregnacare® New Mum supplements I know I have the extra nutritional support when I need it.”

Pregnacare® New Mum provides a carefully balanced, comprehensive formulation of micronutrients to help support the nutritional requirements of new mothers throughout the postnatal period. It is bursting with the specific nutrients needed to help maintain normal energy release. The advanced formula contains B complex vitamins, including vitamin B2, B3, B12, pantothenic acid, folic acid and biotin to help support normal energy release. Pregnacare® New Mum also includes zinc and selenium which is for the maintenance of normal hair, biotin and niacin (vitamin B3) for the maintenance of normal skin health and vitamin C which contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of skin.

If you are experiencing any of the above problems post pregnancy speak to your pharmacist about Pregnacare® New Mum.  Pregnacare® New Mum is available from leading pharmacies nationwide RRP €19.49 (60 tablets).

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