Why local actress Carole Lin is excited to be a mum at 42

5 July 2015 / 1 year 3 months ago

*Image: Carole Lin Instagram

Charlene Chua
The New Paper
Jun 30, 2015

The gynaecologist told her that since she was in her 40s, she may have a harder time conceiving than younger women.

Local actress Carole Lin, who married 39-year-old businessman David Lim last year, then made the decision that she would give herself six months to get pregnant.

She didn't need that long. After two months of trying for a baby, Lin got pregnant.

As with all matured pregnancies, the first-time mum-to-be was ecstatic just to be expecting. 

Currently seven months pregnant, Lin (pictured below) found out after her first trimester that she was having a baby girl.

Her first present for her little princess?

She will opt to give birth in August without epidural. Lin told The New Paper:

"I do get scared when I think of the pain but that is only for now.

"I believe that when I am in the delivery room, there will be no fear.

"A drug-free delivery is best for our child and I am fortunate enough to be able to do this for her.

"A check with the gynae has shown that I can give birth without epidural as I meet the conditions such as my daughter being positioned optimally."

She added:

"(Mum-to-be) Joanne Peh also gave me advice and told me to just go ahead and do it (have a drug-free birth) and not be concerned about what other people say or think about it.

"I should ask (actress) Evelyn Tan for pointers as she's the one who has given birth a few times without epidural!"

Lin joins the likes of other celebrities who became mums in their 40s. Local actress Fann Wong was 43 when she had son Zed last year.

Hollywood mums Halle Berry, Salma Hayek, Kim Basinger and Marcia Gay Harden all gave birth for the first time in their 40s.


Lin is thankful that she's had a rather easy pregnancy.

She had no morning sickness, no water retention, no backaches, no headaches, no gestational diabetes and no high blood pressure — conditions that sometimes plague pregnant women.

However, the funniest thing that happened to her during her first three months of pregnancy was her aversion to carrots. Lin, who used to like carrots suddenly couldn't stomach the sight of the crunchy, orange vegetable.

She said that whenever she saw a carrot, she would feel like vomiting.

The same happened with chocolate cake, which surprised her and left her in a state of giggles.

"I still can't get used to liking the taste of meat so that's why the only problem I have now is that I have very low iron levels.

"I am trying my best to eat meat and my husband has tried to help by cooking me these healthy meat dishes. "What I had a craving for? Bittergourd, sweet potato and kimchi! I can eat so much of that."

Lin, who is currently in the midst of moving house, has been told by her hubby not to do up the nursery in the usual pink for baby girls.

His reasoning is that he wants their daughter to be able to choose the colours she likes when she grows up.

An avid painter, Mr Lim's gift to their daughter (pictured below) will be hung up in the nursery.

Mr Lim had also proposed to Lin via a painting.

On it, he had painted the words "Will you marry me" and a poem to her.

No "I love yours"

​When asked how she knew that Mr Lim was the man she wanted to spend the rest of her life with, Lin said it all boiled down to instinct.

Her husband's a man of action, she said.

She revealed that Mr Lim had never said "I love you" to her in the five years that they were together before they got married.

When he finally said those words to her during their wedding, she wept.Said Lin:

"My husband believes in showing me how much he loves me, rather than say it.

"Since our wedding, he hasn't said 'I love you' to me again even though he has written it in letters and cards.

"To be honest, I don't know how many guys can stand me.

"I'm a very demanding person. For example, I need our house to be organised and neat.

"He accepts my decisions and my ways of doing things. This is how he shows his love."

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