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The Bump: Jade Pearson

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Gorgeous Singapore maternity photos in this month’s ‘The Bump’!

Second time mama Jade Pearson is the first Singapore mama to be featured in The Bump‘ with a beautiful autumn backdrop! Along with her adorable 2-year-old daughter, Jade did her maternity shots with the new “Composite backdrop” from Bambini Photography, which provides a variety of beautiful outdoor settings — no matter the weather or scenery outside. We love the ethereal look and gorgeous autumnal lighting of these photos! Kiwi mama Jade, who gave birth to her second daughter, Ruby, this past December, also took the time to share her pregnancy highs and lows with us, along with some of her key motherhood learnings the second time around. Read on for a lovely interview and stunning photos!

What was your reaction when you first found out you were pregnant?
As this was our second child, we trying for a few months and were elated when I took the test at home.  Our firstborn was a total surprise so planning this second pregnancy was fun, and checking each month was a fun process.

Your funniest memory over the 9 months?
I think the excitement of our 2-year-old.  She would run and tell random strangers that I had a baby in my stomach and she also had a baby in hers!

Any great books and resources that prepared you for when your baby arrived?
As this was my second time around, I didn’t really feel the need to research or read. Since Ruby has been born I have referred to Tizzy Hall a few times to help starting a schedule ….which isn’t really happening haha.

What do you think every woman should know before getting pregnant?
That motherhood is the hardest, yet most important, role you will take on in your lifetime.

What was the easiest trimester and which one proved most difficult?
The last trimester was the easiest as I didn’t really have to worry too much about Zika, which had just been found in Singapore at the time. The first trimester was extremely hard and I was hospitalized with extreme morning sickness, something that I didn’t have in my first pregnancy.

Did you follow a fitness programme while you were pregnant?
Shamefully … no.

Any fashion tips and tricks for maternity dressing?
I don’t really like maternity clothes so I just bought size large when shopping.

Did you have any weird and wonderful cravings?
With both my pregnancies I craved sweet things. Ice cream with the first and chocolate for the second….guess that’s why I had girls!

What did you struggle with most being pregnant?
The morning sickness in the first trimester

Name a mama you find inspiring and why?
My Mum. She had me when she was 18 and I found it amazing how mature and responsible she was when I compare her to my 18-year-old self. She took on a huge challenge as a single mum and being so young. I am in awe of her strength!

What are your thoughts about finding out the sex in advance?
I love decorating , so I need to know so that I can start painting that nursery!

Did it take you some time getting pregnant or were you one of those mamas who got lucky on the first try?
It took us about 4 months.  I actually got a scan to check when I was ovulating; this helps as so much as I don’t ovulate at a particular time of the month as normal women do.

What kind of birth did you have? (hospital, home, epidural, c-section, with a doula, etc.).
I had an elective C-section at Gleneagles. 

Who was your OBGYN, and where did you give birth? How was your birth experience?
Dr Brenda Low at Gleneagles was my OBGYN for both my girls.

What helped you get your groove back after being pregnant?
Having an active 2-year-old, I had to just get back into the daily routine of sending her off to school, picking her up and managing the house. There was no down time…

Do you have any mama-friendly favourite places (restaurants, parks, etc.) to hang out with your baby? Why?
We like Huber’s Butchery. We play at the playground, get a coffee and pick up our hormone-free chicken / beef for the next week’s dinners.

We also like Boomarang at Robertson Quay as our 2-year-old can play on her scooter, and they are dog friendly too! 

Any local businesses (or websites) that made your pregnancy journey easier?
This time around I had most of the items from our firstborn. Mothercare is always a good resource, though.

What are your hopes and dreams for your baby?
My hope for my baby is for her to be a good person. Show compassion and care for others. I want her to be worldy and culturally sensitive. Our parenting style is all about strong morals and manners. If you have these as your foundation, the rest will all fall into place.

Thank you so much, Jade! And thank you to the fabulously talented team at Bambini Photography for the absolutely beautiful photos. If you want to find out more about their cool new “Composite” style, click the link!

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