Things have certainly happened very really quickly for YES 933 DJ Siau Jiahui. After walking down the aisle with her mysterious “Mr T” in November last year, her baby is about to arrive any day now. The bubbly radio personality, who declines to reveal her age, chats with us about her baby prep.
Congratulations on your pregnancy! It must be a really exciting time for you…
Thank you! Yes, baby is coming really soon ― I’m at 37 weeks now, and the baby is due in mid-September! It’s a baby girl, but we haven’t chosen her name as we’ll be getting feng shui master to choose an auspicious one for her.
You got pregnant really quickly after your wedding ― was the pregnancy planned?
We actually wanted to try for a baby right after our wedding, though we didn’t think it would happen so quickly. Some of our friends took a few months or even half a year to conceive, so we wanted to start right away ― we married late and aren’t exactly young anymore! If I hadn’t fallen pregnant within six months, then maybe we would have sought help from a doctor. But surprisingly, I got pregnant within the first month!
Wow! Was it a honeymoon baby?
(Laughs) We took our honeymoon in Italy and Prague, but no, this baby was made in Singapore after the honeymoon. When my period was late, I told my husband, hey, maybe I’m pregnant. We kept our fingers crossed and only took the pregnancy test one or two weeks later ― and then we were like, oh okay, we’re pregnant!
Has it been a smooth pregnancy?
I was just so tired during the first trimester. After work, I would literally just pass out on the couch ― something I don’t usually do. It was a state of extreme fatigue. During the second trimester, I actually fell ill twice and I felt that my immunity was at an all-time low. It was tough for me physically and emotionally, because I didn’t want to take Western medicine but I had to as I was feeling horrible. Plus, the flu and fever was affecting my work. I really didn’t want people to think that when you’re pregnant, you can’t perform well at work.
I really didn’t know that the immunity of expectant mums could be so low ― since then, whenever anyone was sick, I would really, really stay away! I At this point, I find that protecting my baby and myself is more important!
Do you have any pregnancy superstitions or beliefs?
(Chuckles) They say you can’t do things like using the scissors on the bed, or cutting things. But that’s okay, if I need to, I will just get my husband or family to do those things for me. Coincidentally, my new house came at the end of my second trimester, so much of my third trimester was spent on home preparations. People have advised me to stay away from renovations, so I only went over on Saturdays when the workers stopped working. When they moved in big furniture like the bed and dining table, I would run off downstairs and leave my husband in charge.
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You always sound like you’re so full of energy! How has it been balancing work and your pregnancy?
I’m still working full-time. I’m lucky as my work entails mainly just my on-air hours, from noon to 4pm, so I still get quite a lot of rest. Besides that, I’ve cut down on doing production work in my last trimester as I just don’t have the energy. I’m lucky to have great colleagues who understand!
So, as your delivery date draws near, do you think you’re prepared for the birth?
I really wanted to go for weekly prenatal classes! I felt that this would just be a once in a lifetime thing, since you probably don’t have to go again for subsequent children. But with house renovations, I really didn’t have the time and energy. As the due date approached, I started getting scared… I feel so unprepared! So, the husband and I went for a one-day crash course at a hospital where we learnt about breastfeeding and how to take care of baby.
Did you learn anything surprising at the course?
We watched a very shocking video of a Caesarean birth and a natural birth! Goodness, I wanted to know what the process was like, but when I watched the video, I started breaking out in a sweat!
So, I guess you’re going to try for a natural birth?
Yup, that’s the plan. I asked my gynae about an epidural and she told me to see how things go. So, depending on the situation, if I need it, I will surely take it!
Have you bought all the baby stuff and prepped for your confinement?
I knew that I would be busy with the house during my third trimester, so during the second trimester, I went out with a good friend to get most of the baby stuff. I just followed the list she gave me ― I’m honestly not sure if I’ve anything out (laughs)! I suppose my hubby will have to go out and get them, if that’s the case.
I also engaged a confinement lady, as my friends told me that it will help me to get more rest during the first month. It’s when she leaves that reality will sink in and we’ll start to get insufficient sleep! All my mummy friends are telling me to sleep well while I can now.
What type of mum do you see yourself as?
A strict and panicky one! My husband and I have very different personalities ― he’s the chill one, while I need things to go according to plan. I admit I’m a control freak! He’s the type who will go with the flow and not worry so much. I over-worry and try to be prepared for any scenario that will pop up. I guess we kind of balance each other out in marriage, and that’s probably how we will balance each other out in parenthood, too.
SmartParents wishes Jiahui all the best in her motherhood journey!
Photos: Jen Pan Photography, maternity photography, 47 Sunrise Drive.
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