JAN­UARY LOW,

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Mother to twins, Leo and Jade Siva

So what was it like, when you found out that you were preg­nant with twins? Well, we went for a check-up to hear the baby’s heart­beat for the first time and our ob­ste­tri­cian found two heart­beats in­stead. We couldn’t be­lieve it and were ab­so­lutely speech­less. It took a while for the re­al­i­sa­tion to re­ally sink in. How has moth­er­hood changed your life­style? Ev­ery­thing re­volves around the ba­bies! The house isn’t quiet any­more, in a very good way. Is it all you ex­pected it to be? At the be­gin­ning, I didn’t quite feel like their mother; I felt more like a big sis­ter. It took about a month for the feel­ing to ma­te­ri­alise and when it did, it was ev­ery­thing I imag­ined it would be, if not more. What’s the big­gest chal­lenge with hav­ing twins? So far it’s try­ing to pacify one when the other is cry­ing, es­pe­cially when they are hun­gry be­cause a hun­gry baby is an an­gry baby. What’s an av­er­age day with the twins like? They’re just ap­proach­ing the two-month mark so their day mainly con­sists of eat­ing, sleep­ing, and poop­ing at three-hour in­ter­vals. How hands-on has your hus­band been? I am so blessed to have an ex­tremely hands-on hus­band. He does most of the night shifts with me be­cause he’s at work all day long. Have your eat­ing habits changed? I was eat­ing very healthily af­ter I gave birth since I am breast­feed­ing, then my mid­wife told me that the oc­ca­sional cheese­cake and cho­co­late was nec­es­sary to in­crease the qual­ity and fat con­tent of my milk. What foods did you en­joy or avoid? Dur­ing preg­nancy I ate lots of healthy Ja­panese food such as cod and chawan­mushi. It was gen­tle on my tummy and packed with nu­tri­ents for my ba­bies. I had a C-sec­tion and did not know then that chicken and eggs would slow down the heal­ing process. As a re­sult, my wound took slightly longer to heal. Any beauty se­crets to share? I ab­so­lutely en­joyed Clar­ins pre-na­tal body treat­ments. The re­vi­tal­is­ing leg lo­tion is ex­cel­lent for swollen and tired preg­nant feet. My skin was also su­per sen­si­tive dur­ing preg­nancy so I used Kiehl’s Ul­tra toner and Ce­taphil cleanser and mois­turiser.

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