Celeb mum-to-be Tay Kewei: I don't think I'm naturally maternal

From a babymoon to building her dream home, this first-time mother isn’t letting pregnancy slow down her packed schedule.

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Tay Kewei may be in her third trimester, but this busy mum-to-be isn’t going to let her baby bump slow her down one second. Not only is the Cross Ratio Entertainment artiste designing her new apartment, she is documenting it on her YouTube channel.

Kewei, 34, who got her Mando pop break singing backing vocals for mega-artistes like David Tao and A-Mei, is married to fellow local singer, Alfred Sim, 36, Mediacorp Channel U’s Project Superstar 2014 winner. The couple got hitched in 2015, after a nine-year courtship, which culminated in an elaborate proposal that involved 40 friends and family members, plus a live band. By the way, all this has been captured for posterity.

Flash forward to today, the couple will be delivering their first bundle of joy in late September, just a couple of weeks after moving into their new home. Unlike many homeowners, renovating their dream home — a private apartment in central Singapore — has been more gratifying than challenging. Kewei notes. “I’m absolutely enjoying the process, having to make so many decisions in such a short time, and hoping everything will turn out well!”

The vivacious artiste is pretty pantang (superstitious in Malay), too. “We're well aware of the superstitions about pregnant women not being at construction sites, nor be exposed to knocking or painting of walls. So I’ve steered clear of the place, only visiting on weekends when there is no construction going on.”

“Most people who see me comment that I look radiant with the pregnancy glow and it makes me really, really happy to hear that!”

Kewei notes that her pregnancy has been a rewarding learning journey for herself and her husband, especially since motherhood was never on the cards. “I don't think I am a naturally maternal sort of person but…the idea has slowly sunk in and we are now definitely planning for the baby!”

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Needless to say, the singer is thrilled whenever she anticipates what life will be like with her little one. “I feel like this is one of the biggest adventures we will go through as a couple.”

However, she prefers to stay mum (pun intended) for now on the future mini-Sim’s gender though she knows what it is. “I can’t imagine not knowing, not being able to imagine or picture your child without knowing the gender…we’ll reveal it soon,” she laughs.

SmartParents cosies up to glowing singer to get the lowdown on her pregnancy cravings, confinement plans, and if we’ll ever see her cherub on social media…

Congrats on your pregnancy! How’s it going?
I've been very lucky! My baby's been good to me, and up till six months, I put on about 9kg, but it didn’t really show on my face or limbs! Most people who see me comment that I look radiant with my pregnancy glow and it makes me really, really happy to hear that!

Received any advice on life after your baby?

My parents and in-laws are pretty chill about giving advice ― I think they just look forward to taking on their new roles as grandparents! I love discussing their experiences with my mummy pals and learning from their stories ― there’s an endless stream of them! From breastfeeding and sleep-training tips, which baby products are useful, which are unnecessary ― this is all good advice.

Have you and Alfred settled on a name for your little one?

We have a nickname for the baby that's meant as a joke… We call it 什么 (Shen Mo) for now — in Mandarin it means “what?” Otherwise we haven’t thought of a name.