FIRST- TIME MUM AT 42

Young Parents (Singapore) - - RECIPE FOR BABY -

Sa­man­tha Lim, First-time mum 42, is a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive man­ager. Her baby, Arvin, is nine months old.

Preg­nant for the first time at age 41, Sa­man­tha Lim was well-aware of the risks of health com­pli­ca­tions. What she wasn’t pre­pared for was the stigma at­tached to be­ing an older mum.

Some peo­ple ex­pressed dis­be­lief that she could con­ceive nat­u­rally so late in life, while oth­ers won­dered aloud if her baby would be born healthy.

“I don’t know whether to laugh at or cry over what they said,” says Sa­man­tha, who strug­gled with in­fer­til­ity for years. Not that those snide re­marks mat­ter to her now that her baby has ar­rived hale and hearty.

Lit­tle Arvin is hit­ting all his de­vel­op­ment mile­stones. In fact, he seems more alert and ad­vanced than other ba­bies his age, his proud mummy shares.

Against the odds, Sa­man­tha con­ceived Arvin nat­u­rally af­ter six years of in­fer­til­ity, which put a strain on her mar­riage. Be­fore she be­came preg­nant, she un­der­went surgery to un­block a fal­lop­ian tube and re­move 1kg of tiny fi­broid lumps. She also tried tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine treat­ments to boost her health.

De­spite the nu­mer­ous chal­lenges she faced, Sa­man­tha’s re­cov­ery af­ter child­birth was smooth-sail­ing. She was up and about a day af­ter her cae­sare­an­sec­tion de­liv­ery, and rar­ing to go home by the third day. Undaunted by her age, she in­tends to try for an­other baby so Arvin can have a sib­ling.

“My ad­vice to older mums strug­gling with in­fer­til­ity is don’t give up,” she says. “With med­i­cal ad­vances these days, hav­ing a baby af­ter the age of 40 is not an im­pos­si­ble hope.”

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