Joanne Peh ready to welcome little ‘bao bei’

The actress and mum-in-waiting talks about her pregnancy and shares her hopes for her little one.


On baby's nickname and gender...

It’s a blisteringly hot day, but this year’s Star Awards’ Best Supporting Actress winner has much to beam about. Clad in a long green tank dress that lovingly hugs her bump, Joanne, 32, now nearing the start of her third trimester, looks every inch the superstar, striding into the studio with a face that’s makeup-free and wreathed in smiles.

The hot mama-to-be radiates a playful, relaxed vibe throughout an interview and shoot that lasts four-plus hours. There’s plenty to 
be pleased about, after all, since Joanne’s good fortune seems to be holding well. 

And the icing on the cake that’s her fabulous life? An SG50 baby that’s set to arrive in August, no less.

Oh, baby!
Married to China-born actor and fellow MediaCorp artiste Qi Yuwu, 38, in a low-key ceremony last September, Joanne is thrilled to have conceived immediately, “I feel very blessed.”

Sharing her joy of pregnancy and impending motherhood, the excited mum-to-be says she was moved to tears after seeing her baby’s first ultrasound scan. “I wanted to cry. It’s just something you can’t explain and you’ll not be able to identify with it until it happens to you. It’s unreal.”

Joanne’s journey to maternity has been smooth sailing to date. Even her first trimester was largely free of morning sickness and fatigue. She grins, “I only felt a little queasy at night.”

Incidentally, she’s determined to keep, well, mum on her baby’s gender. Joanne grins cheekily, “We’re keeping it a secret.” She would only divulge that “bao bei” is her nickname for her baby.

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