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or a first-time mum-to-be, Yvonne Lim is surprisingly unflustered. While she’s thrilled about her pregnancy, the 38-year-old doesn’t seem worried that she’s about to take on the most important role of her life. She exudes a relaxed air, unlike the self-professed “impatient and chop-chop” personality we last interviewed in August 2013.
“I was only slightly worried during my first trimester – if I had aches or pains near my belly, I’d check in with my gynaecologist immediately,” she shares. “But as the months passed, I grew more confident and stopped messaging her over everything.”
Here, a super-calm Yvonne shares how she stays grounded through the hormonal upheavals, physical changes, heaps of parenting advice and more. last trimester did she start feeling anxious about the impending birth. “I began properly reading up on how to look after a newborn, seeing a lactation consultant to find out more about breastfeeding, as well as getting tips from my mummy friends.
“My husband Alex and I also attended a parenting workshop called 1st 60 Days, which my sister recommended. It’s organised by a group of parents who’ve come together to share their experiences on preparing for a baby. I believe it’s enough – there’s no point overwhelming myself, because all babies are different.” Yvonne says she’s lucky to be surrounded by women who are already mothers. “My younger sister sent notes on baby care to me, while one of my girlfriends meticulously put together a confinement manual on the foods to eat and avoid.
“I also received tips from Alex’s friends’ wives in Taiwan – according to them, the best remedy for water