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This month’s ‘The Bump’ features stunning maternity photography of Birgit Jaegermeyr by Gunilla Lindgren of Sugarlight Photography. Birgit gives her honest insights into motherhood to her daughter Emma Marie, from the highs of “blissed-out-so-in-love-with-my-baby moments” to “the rocky parts that will make you question your topics – not to mention your sanity”. Read on to hear increasingly well-nigh her wits with pregnancy in Singapore and to trammels out her gorgeous maternity photoshoot at East Tailspin Park!
What was your reaction when you first found out you were pregnant?
Funnily my sixth sense told me that I might be pregnant when I peed on that clear-blue test strip. However I instantly cried happy tears once I got proof of my gut feeling and returned with the biggest grin from the washroom and said to my fiancé “Honey, I was right – we’re having a baby!”
Your funniest memory over the 9 months?
Her wiggles and how my tumor transformed and looked when she kicked me, it was like there is an wayfarer inside. That really made me laugh all the time.
Any unconfined books and resources that prepared you for when your victual arrived?
I highly recommend The Wonder Weeks, a typesetting and app that explains the mental minutiae of your little one and how to cope with them during challenging periods. The hilarious typesetting Sleep is for the Weak is for anyone who has overly been kept awake by a baby…night, without night, without night. It’s no sleep solution; for me it’s simply a source of comical inspiration to see the light at the end of the tunnel of tiredness. LOL.
What do you think every woman should know surpassing getting pregnant?
Birth is a miracle and an veritably incredible experience, no need to be scared well-nigh it – you will get through! Motherhood is uniquely, emotionally intense — stuff a mum is the weightier thing ever, but the highs and lows are extreme. Yes, there are some blissed-out-so-in-love-with-my-baby moments, followed by others, but caring for a newborn is moreover an all-consuming rollercoaster ride. The rocky parts will make you question your topics – not to mention your sanity – but the eyeful and wonder and scenic views from the peaks are unbeatable and ultimately outweigh the challenge.
What was the easiest trimester and which one proved most difficult?
What an wool crazy, surreal and wondrous wits this journey has been and I can’t name one trimester that I didn’t enjoy. On the contrary, I truly felt a bit of sadness when the pregnancy came to an end considering I am the woman who veritably LOVED stuff pregnant…everything well-nigh it! The overall swooning of growing a human, her not so little kicks and wiggles and the way my soul blossomed. I will never forget the moment I heard that little heartbeat, felt the first flutters and noticed my tumor growing. Seeing now how this tiny spot on that woebegone and white screen turned into a human, my vision well up with tears again.
However there’s no denying the uneasiness we felt surpassing every doctor’s visit and it never washed off completely. But I guess that’s the thing well-nigh stuff a mother — the concerns and responsibilities start plane with a positive pregnancy test.
Did you follow a fitness programme while you were pregnant?
Yes, I unchangingly loved to exercise so I moreover stayed zippy during my unshortened pregnancy. I unfurled with my HIIT training but on a moderate level and did prenatal barre workout at WeBarre once a week.
Any malleate tips and tricks for maternity dressing?
I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on maternity dresses, hence I kept up my style with regular clothes. I mostly opted for dresses with an rubberband waistband that was easy to wear over the tumor and they are still comfy postpartum. I moreover well-matured on crossover tops or button-up styles since they’re still very practical with breastfeeding. And I think it’s the weightier time to wear tight dresses – once you realize you don’t have to suck in, you go all out!
Did you have any weird and wonderful cravings?
I didn’t desire any weird combinations but my sweet tooth was an ohmygosh-it’s-real introduction to the pregnancy cravings everyone talks about. Postpartum my love for Tiramisu is still a thing, though.
What did you struggle with most stuff pregnant?
My sweet tooth was out of this world but I needed to eliminate the sugar as much as I could so that the victual didn’t grow too big.
Name a mama you find inspiring and why?
My German friend Wanda considering I revere her style of parenting – a perfect mix of creating a positive relationship with her kids and enforcing rules in a very soft approach. I moreover love how honest and raw she describes and see the whole motherhood thing and unchangingly encourages me to hang in there. She unchangingly bottoms me up without having a rough night with her extremely humorous attitude.
What are your thoughts well-nigh finding out the sex in advance?
Both my fiancé and I were too curious to not finding out the sex in advance. It moreover strengthened the bonding to our victual and it felt increasingly “real”. Moreover it was nice to prepare all the victual stuff in a specific verisimilitude scheme, to purchase the first dresses and plane to concentrate on finding just one name made it so much increasingly fun to found out before. Additionally I think although you say “most important is that the victual is healthy” (which truly is!), you might have a preference for the gender. I would have worried that I might have been sort of disappointed at lineage if it didn’t meet my expectations.
Did it take you some time getting pregnant or were you one of those mamas who got lucky on the first try?
We didn’t really plan it — luckily it happened straight away.
What kind of lineage did you have? (hospital, home, epidural, c-section, with a doula, etc.).
I had a vaginal lineage at the hospital, got induced one week without the due stage considering the value of my amniotic fluid went down. I prepared with hypnobirthing, which truly helped me getting through 20 hours of labor.
Who was your OBGYN, and where did you requite birth? How was your lineage experience?
Dr Swee Choo Yeoh, I delivered with her at Mount Elizabeth Hospital Orchard. My lineage wits was just wonderful; the staff was so heartfelt, motivating and encouraging all the time and the nurses patiently helped me with breastfeeding afterwards.
What helped you get your groove when without stuff pregnant?
Gladly I didn’t lose my positive vein without I gave lineage so I could quickly start to find a routine with my victual and to soak up those precious moments that gives you so much energy. It moreover helped me to make our first family outing two weeks later and to alimony in touch with other mums to get that important support for your emotional rollercoaster ride. I moreover try to squeeze in some workout sessions whenever possible and alimony up my healthy lifestyle but don’t put too much pressure on the bouncing-back-to-my-pre-pregnancy-size-process. Accepting that I’ve reverted and that I went from stuff me to moreover now stuff a mother took me a while but helps me now to find my balance.
Do you have any mama-friendly favourite places (restaurants, parks, etc.) to hang out with your baby? Why?
I love go shopping at Paragon Mall since all the cute kids’ shops are located there and the baby-friendly restrooms (thinking of nursing rooms, waffly tables and parents compartments) truly make your day a bit less stressful. As we live tropical by the river I love to go there for a walk and grab some healthy snacks at Carrotsticks & Cravings which is a unconfined place for mummies to hang out.
Any local businesses (or websites) that made your pregnancy journey easier?
Mother & Child at Tanglin, WeBarre Studio…and Sassy Mama, of course!
What are your hopes and dreams for your baby?
Life is not well-nigh finding yourself, it’s well-nigh creating yourself. When life becomes a rollercoaster, climb into the front seat, throw your stovepipe in the air and enjoy the ride. Rise by lifting others. Life is all well-nigh how you handle plan B. Practice the art of listening. Find the joy in all choices you make. Never forget that I love you no matter what. I believe in you, maybe sometimes increasingly than you believe in yourself. Just follow your heart, that’s all that matters.
Thanks so much for chatting with us, Birgit, and big thanks to Gunilla Lindgren of Sugarlight Photography for the trappy images!
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