Keep calm, be a great mum

Keep calm, be a great mum
Actress Yvonne Lim and her husband Alex Tien at their wedding banquet held at the Ritz-Carlton on 7 September 2014.

Actress Yvonne Lim is the most relaxed mum-to-be we know. She tells CHERYL LEONG how she's sitting back and loving her pregnancy ride.

For a first-time mum-to-be, Yvonne Lim is surprisingly unflustered.

While she's thrilled about her pregnancy, the 38-year-old doesn't seem worried that she's about to take on the most important role of her life.

She exudes a relaxed air, unlike the self-professed "impatient and chop-chop" personality we last interviewed in August 2013.

"I was only slightly worried during my first trimester - if I had aches or pains near my belly, I'd check in with my gynaecologist immediately," she shares. "But as the months passed, I grew more confident and stopped messaging her over everything."

Here, a super-calm Yvonne shares how she stays grounded through the hormonal upheavals, physical changes, heaps of parenting advice and more.

Do Just Enough Research

Yvonne is scheduled to deliver her baby (she's not revealing whether it's a boy or girl) between end December and early January. Only when she was close to her last trimester did she start feeling anxious about the impending birth.

"I began properly reading up on how to look after a newborn, seeing a lactation consultant to find out more about breastfeeding, as well as getting tips from my mummy friends.

"My husband Alex and I also attended a parenting workshop called 1st 60 Days, which my sister recommended. It's organised by a group of parents who've come together to share their experiences on preparing for a baby. I believe it's enough - there's no point overwhelming myself, because all babies are different."

Accept Advice from Friends…

Yvonne says she's lucky to be surrounded by women who are already mothers. "My younger sister sent notes on baby care to me, while one of my girlfriends meticulously put together a confinement manual on the foods to eat and avoid.

"I also received tips from Alex's friends' wives in Taiwan - according to them, the best remedy for water retention is to soak chi xiao dou (adzuki beans) for 30 minutes, boil them and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes before drinking."

Fellow celeb mum Fann Wong also shared valuable advice: "She told me to leave everything to the confinement lady for the first month, so I can rest as much as possible and recover more quickly."

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