70% of pregnant women say people touch their bump without permission

7 in 10 pregnant women complain that people touch their baby bump without permission.

They are also unhappy with comments about their size and shape.

While 90% receive un-asked for advice on how to care for their children.

The research from C&G Babyclub reveals that new mums are bombarded with conflicting advice, contributing to the pressure women feel to be the perfect mum.

C&G Babyclub found that well-meaning family members were the number one source of unasked for advice and one in four mums reveal that advice comes from strangers such as a random passer-by on the street or in a shop.

The research also indicates that eight in ten mums feel confused and stressed by the advice they receive as it can be conflicting.

Never or always wake a sleeping baby comes out on top when it comes to conflicting advice (28%).

This is followed closely by “let your baby cry as it is good for their lungs” (26%).

Commenting on the research, Mum of two, soon to be 3- Helen Plass says it is very over whelming.

She said: "It can be so overwhelming trying to navigate the well-meaning advice that comes from every direction and source when you are pregnant or caring for a new baby.

"Lack of sleep and wanting to get everything right, particularly as a first time mum, can add to stress levels and make you feel confused and frustrated.

"Pick one or two trusted sources for advice and go with those when you are in doubt, and often listening to your own mum can be really useful to remember in these moments and that what matters most is your love for your baby, everything else will naturally fall into place when you focus on this."


More in this Section

Joe Schmidt says talking about son’s epilepsy has helped him and his family

Motorcyclist dies following Dublin crash

Abortion services to be 'phased in' next month, Taoiseach says

Second family to sue HSE over assessment delays for child


Lifestyle

Making Cents: Prepare financially now for mortgage hunting in 2019

Girls of tomorrow: iWish conference inspires young women to pursue STEM careers

Theatre review: Aladdin panto - Cork Opera House

Irish sci-fi blasts off: Tramp Press launches anthology of science fiction stories

More From The Irish Examiner