Actress Joanne Peh gives birth to second child after 16-hour labour

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SINGAPORE - Local actors Qi Yuwu, 40, and actress Joanne Peh, 33, welcomed a baby boy on Friday afternoon (April 21). The couple's second child arrived after a 16-hour labour, during which Peh chose not to use any pain relief again.

Well-meaning friends have been assuring the couple that the second delivery would be much smoother, but this was not the case for Peh who is thoroughly exhausted, says Qi.

Speaking over the phone, he says: "Experienced mothers have been telling us that giving birth to the second child will easier. But it isn't true.

After 16 hours in labour, Joanne told me that it was just as painful and as long as the first child. We felt a little cheated."

Proud parents Qi Yuwu and Joanne Peh with their second bundle of joy.
Photo: The Celebrity Agency

The couple have been wanting to give a playmate to their one-year-old daughter.

"We have been telling her that she will have a little brother. We are not sure if she understands, but sometimes our daughter would kiss and touch Joanne's belly," says Qi, who tied the knot with Peh in 2014.

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Fiercely protective of their children's privacy, Qi would reveal only that the baby boy weighs 3.1kg. Also, Qi will be in charge of giving the boy his Chinese name, while Peh will choose his English name.

The hands-on father will be taking care of his wife and two children, before starting to film a Mediacorp drama in July. Peh may take a few months off, he says, but she enjoys acting and will be open to taking up projects with good scripts.

Plans for a third child are not on the cards for now, says Qi.

He says: "It was very tough on Joanne after the first childbirth. But the second day after giving birth, she told me that she didn't mind having a second child. She changed her mind really fast. So maybe the next time you ask me, who knows what Joanne will say."

The bundle of joy comes shortly after Peh received the coveted All-Time Favourite Artiste Award at the Star Awards on April 16. The prize is given to stars with 10 Top 10 Most Popular Artiste wins.

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Accompanied by Qi, a heavily pregnant Peh, said then: "Now that I've got the award, I can go give birth in peace."

Joanne Peh gives birth to daughter nicknamed "Baby Qi"

  • Joanne Peh has shared adorable photos of her baby daughter on Instagram.
  • Peh recenly shared an adorable snap of the cutie "chilling after milk".
  • In the most recent post on September 6, Peh posted another photo of Baby Qi, this time outdoors in her pram. Peh also wrote about entering the "fourth trimester" of mummyhood and Baby Qi's impending 1st month celebration.
  • Local celebrity couple Qi Yuwu and Joanne Peh welcomed a baby girl via natural birth at noon on Aug 7, two days ahead of Singapore's golden jubilee.
  • In a handwritten note penned by the parents and shared with the media, the first-time parents say that they are relishing the arrival of their daughter after "10 months" of pregnancy. Peh, 32, wrote: "Holding my baby girl for the first time is so comforting and surreal."
  • Qi added : "As I saw the arrival of my daughter, as a father, I find it hard to describe my feelings in words. "When my daughter looked at me as I held her in my arms, I've felt that we've known each other for a long time."
  • Peh and Qi got married last September and announced the pregnancy in January. As the first-time parents step into their new roles, they asked for privacy to enjoy parenthood and said they would not be taking interviews for now.
  • The couple have already decided on their baby's name. Qi came up with the English name while Peh thought of the Chinese name. However, the couple have not revealed what the name of the baby is.
  • Peh once told The New Paper of her intention to carry out a nude photoshoot.
  • A relaxed and radiant Peh spoke to local media at the press conference of local historical movie 1965, in which she plays a feisty coffeeshop owner.
  • She told reporters that she found a photographer and planned to carry out the photoshoot.
  • Peh told The New Paper: "It's our first baby, so I want to do the photoshoot (as a memento). It's something very intimate and I think I look pretty when pregnant."
  • She also said back then that she did not exercise as much as before and stayed away from workouts that require her to be on her feet for too long.
  • She added that it was harder to sleep comfortably as her belly grew bigger.
  • Since January, Peh stopped taking on acting projects to focus on her pregnancy.
  • Nothing seems to be too daunting for actor Qi Yuwu. This next section of the gallery shows him in a chef's hat, sweating it out in the kitchen with the director of 1965, Randy Ang.
  • Qi plays a police inspector in the local historical movie. Treated to the lunch at the Soup Restaurant in Suntec City were 60 senior citizens from the People's Association.
  • Peh said in Mandarin: "My husband helps out with the housework and he cooks for me. "Honestly, when he makes soup for me, I don't know what goes into it. I just drink it and tell him what I think of it."
  • Qi, who describes Peh as a "fierce" woman, said: "When I cook for her, I'd watch out for her facial expression to see if she is satisfied.
  • "I always try to please her with my cooking." Asked if he thinks she likes his cooking, he laughed and said: "She told me that no words can describe my cooking.

  • "I take that as a good sign." After Qi was done in the kitchen, he stepped out to serve the food to the elderly guests.
  • He conversed with them in a mixture of Mandarin and other dialects, darting from table to table to ensure everyone had their share.
  • Peh also mingled with the guests, who were clearly more interested in asking about her pregnancy and touching her belly.


This article was first published on April 21, 2017.
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