Research results released this week reveal key insights into working Irish mums, which shows the majority of mums (52%) stated they have been involved in work-related activities in some capacity during their maternity leave.

This includes checking their work email (24%), going into the office for work (11%) and taking calls from colleagues (31%). Before telling their employer about their pregnancy, almost half (46%) of mums felt nervous, anxious or concerned.

The research, undertaken by SMA® Nutrition, highlights the everyday balancing act today’s mums play in both their work and home lives.

It also revealed that organising childcare (81%), ensuring they spend enough time with their baby (87%) and planning for their baby’s future nutritional needs (57%), are all key considerations for new mums.

However, over three quarters of mums felt they were not provided with adequate information about their baby’s protein and nutritional requirements.

Returning to work from maternity leave has a significant impact on the behaviours of working mums. 64% of working mums believe motherhood has increased their time management efficiency, with 36% saying they find it easy to switch off from work when they return home.

Of these mums, 45% feel more confident after returning to work from their maternity leave.