life hacks for new mums
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Top 5 life hacks for new mums

Becoming a mother is life changing in so many ways. Those first months are such a wonderful and special time, but they’re undoubtedly tough too. So many new skills to learn and worries to counter – it can become overwhelming. But there are lots of little tips and tricks that can help those early days become easier, leaving you more time, space and energy to enjoy your little one.

So here’s the rundown of our top 5 life hacks for new mums:

  1. Lower your expectations

Don’t expect too much of yourself as a new mum. Having a shower or drinking a hot cup of tea is actually a major achievement! Celebrate the little victories and don’t believe you have to be ‘Supermum’ – because in actual fact there is really no such thing.

  1. Baskets everywhere

Put a small basket in every room you use regularly and fill it with your baby’s essential bits and pieces– nappies, wipes, cream, vests, bibs and soothers are all good things to have to hand.

  1. Say Yes

If a friend offers to babysit for an hour so you can have a nap – say yes. If a neighbour offers to cook you dinner – say yes. If your partner offers to do the night shift so you can get some well-earned rest – yep you guessed it – say yes!

  1. Dealing with those nappies

You know the ones. The ones that make you wonder how someone so small could cause such destruction. When those nappy explosions strike use the little shoulder flaps on your baby’s vest to slip it down their body rather than over their head. This makes the clean-up job so much easier.

  1. Try to leave the house every day

Who knew that leaving the house could be so difficult? Simply getting dressed and out the door is a definite challenge when you are a new mum. Our advice – prepare ahead. Try to have a baby bag ready by the door at all times, perhaps prepared the night before (your partner can definitely help with this one). Nappies, wipes, cream, bibs, nappy bags, soother and a change of clothes can remain in it at all times – so you can simply add a bottle or any other necessary items before you leave.

And finally – don’t forget to sit down, breath in, and enjoy those newborn snuggles.

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Ask Tracey

Midwife Tracey Donegan answers your questions about pregnancy and birth

Q When should I have my first pregnancy scan? And how many scans should I get throughout my pregnancy?

A
Your first scan is known as your dating scan and is routine in all hospitals. Most mums will have this scan at their booking visit, which can be anywhere between 12-18 weeks. The earlier the scan the more accurate it will be. If you have experienced recurrent miscarriages some hospitals will scan you earlier. Contact your antenatal clinic for more information. In Ireland, most women will have two scans in a healthy pregnancy – a dating scan and an anomaly scan at around 20 weeks. However, some units provide a dating scan only. Private scans are also available in most cities and many parents use these services for additional reassurance and to find out the sex of their baby.

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Ask Tracey

Midwife Tracey Donegan answers your questions about pregnancy and birth

Q When should I have my first pregnancy scan? And how many scans should I get throughout my pregnancy?

A
Your first scan is known as your dating scan and is routine in all hospitals. Most mums will have this scan at their booking visit, which can be anywhere between 12-18 weeks. The earlier the scan the more accurate it will be. If you have experienced recurrent miscarriages some hospitals will scan you earlier. Contact your antenatal clinic for more information. In Ireland, most women will have two scans in a healthy pregnancy – a dating scan and an anomaly scan at around 20 weeks. However, some units provide a dating scan only. Private scans are also available in most cities and many parents use these services for additional reassurance and to find out the sex of their baby.