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New mum Michelle's in no hurry to get back to work

BROADCASTER Michelle Doherty is over the moon with life as a new mother.

The television presenter gave birth to her first child, son Max, earlier this month.

Michelle and her partner Mark O'Shea welcomed their bouncing bundle of joy in their adopted home of London, and the Donegal native told the Herald that even though she's surviving on only two hours' sleep a night, she is overwhelmed with love for her newborn.

"I'm absolutely thrilled that he's finally here - it was a tough birth and he's a strong little man, let me tell you, but it was all so worth it," she said.

Brunette Michelle said she plans on taking a good deal of time off to bond with the baby and currently has no plans to return to work in front of the cameras.

"Max is my priority now and that's what I want to focus on - I don't plan on going back to work for a while," she said.

"Obviously if something amazing came up I'd consider it, but this is a special time and I'm not worried."

Michelle today launched the First 1,000 Days Awareness Week, which runs from September 1 to 7.

Over the course of the week, a team will be driving a series of activities which aim to highlight the importance of good nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life from conception.

"I was very conscious of what I was eating throughout my pregnancy because I wanted to give my baby the best start in life I could," said Michelle.

"I'm breast feeding now too so what I eat goes into him.

"You feel like you don't have a minute, but you can't go to the biscuit cupboard - you have to be aware of everything you consume.

"So it's about making food from scratch the recipes are fantastic and very practical."