Mother's Day Theme: Extraordinary Mothers - Meet Jean!

1. Hi Jean, thank you for agreeing to having this interview with us, would you like to introduce yourself? 

Hi, my name is Jean. I am 33 this year and I work as a Quantity Surveyor.

2. How many kids do you have?

I have 2 kids, a 4 year old girl and a 1 year old boy.

3. Today’s theme is extraordinary mothers, what was your biggest challenge during motherhood?

The pregnancy itself! I suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum (a pregnancy complication that is characterized by severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and possibly dehydration) in both of my pregnancies. No one understood what it was, everyone thought my condition is just morning sickness and that I was just overreacting.

4. How did this challenge affect your motherhood journey?

I was so sick to the extent that I had to quit my job because I was bedridden for nearly 6 months. I could barely eat, drink or sleep. I spent most of the time vomiting and losing weight instead gaining weight for the first two trimesters. The worst feeling was that I could not attend to my daughter needs at the time of my second pregnancy.

5. How did you overcome this challenge?

I had to eat lots of medication. I had support from my family and friends to take up the chores around the house which helped a lot.

6. What is your favourite thing about motherhood?

That my friends and family will always text and call me to check on me to see if I am okay. Them visiting me from time to time to keep me company. They really ran the whole race with me during my pregnancy.

7. Any advice to give to new/young mothers?

An advice to mothers is to not panic! You do not need to spring up to your kid on the second that they cry. When the mother is happy, the child will be happy as well.

8. Will you eat lactation cookies to boost your breast milk supply? What do you look for in a lactation cookie?

Yes, I would eat lactation cookies to establish the milk supply. The ingredients in the cookies is important as what I eat is what my kids will get through my breastmilk.

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