Young Parents (Singapore) - - RECIPE FOR BABY -

Dolores Au, 41, is the CEO of a fam­ily F&B busi­ness and the co-founder of e-com­merce site Mum­my­fique. She is pic­tured here with her two younger daugh­ters – Char­lotte, two years, and Laura, nine months old. She has an­other three daugh­ters aged 17, seven, and four. Fol­low her on In­sta­gram @dol­ly­wolly88.

Dolores’ most re­cent pregnancy with Laura wasn’t an easy one. She re­calls hav­ing to take hor­mone pills and was hos­pi­talised at 30 weeks due to early con­trac­tions and bleed­ing.

Post-child­birth, it took her a longer time to re­cover.

“When I de­liv­ered Char­lotte via cae­sarean sec­tion, I bounced out of bed the next day and ask my doc­tor to dis­charge me on the third day,” she says. “With Laura, the wound hurt so much, I opted to stay for five days.”

She also suf­fered mas­sive hair loss and is still un­der­go­ing treat­ment. She even lost a tooth due to her dwin­dling cal­cium stores, and found her pre-baby en­ergy level only af­ter six months.

Even so, Dolores doesn’t think age is en­tirely to be blamed for the com­pli­ca­tions, or that it was her fourth cae­sarean-sec­tion de­liv­ery.

“It may be due to the fact that my last two C-sec­tion de­liv­er­ies were too closely spaced, within 1½ years, and my body did not have time to re­cover,” she says. In fact, she wants to try for a baby boy, prob­a­bly in a year’s time.

“I love the idea of hav­ing a large fam­ily with many kids run­ning around dur­ing spe­cial oc­ca­sions like Christ­mas and Chi­nese New Year,” says Dolores, who grew up in a close multi­gen­er­a­tional ex­tended fam­ily. She also has a four-year-old step­daugh­ter.

She feels that age and ex­pe­ri­ence have made her a bet­ter mul­ti­tasker and a wiser mum.

“Some things haven’t changed, like how I’m still quite the dis­ci­plinar­ian,” she says. “But I find that I’m a less stressed mum now. As I get older, I ac­tu­ally jug­gle fam­ily and work bet­ter than when I was just a mum of one.”

A woman be­low the age of 35 has a 60 to 70 per cent chance of be­com­ing preg­nant through IVF, but this chance falls to just 20 to 25 per cent for those above 40.

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