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Stefanie stays slim despite giving birth last Oct
by Mervin Tay

Looking at this photo of a slim Stefanie Sun, you wouldn't think that she had given birth just six months ago, to a baby boy who nowweighs 9kg.

The 34-year-old local singer, who yesterday made her first public appearance since announcing her pregnancy last May, is the newly appointed brand ambassador of Abbott Nutrition's Similac-Gain range of products, including baby formula.

At a press conference at Goodwood Park Hotel, Sun - whose slim figure does not differ much from what it was in her pre-pregnancy days - was both candid and reflective when talking about her son and motherhood in general.

She married 35-year-old Dutch-Indonesian entrepreneur Nadim van der Ros in May 2011 and gave birth to their son on Oct 30 last year.

Her son's name is still unknown to the public but he has been nicknamed "little Nadim" by the Chinese press.

Sun has resumed work and appeared on the cover of last month's Harper's Bazaar Hong Kong.

In the fashion magazine, she showed off her cleavage in one of the photographs taken in February, something she has seldom done in her 13-year career as she is known for her lack of curves.

When asked if pregnancy has given her a more ample bosom, Sun said with a laugh: "I expected this question!"

She went on to say: "I've expanded pretty much everywhere, which I'm sure most mothers will be able to identify with."

As for the photograph, Sun said with a laugh: "I'm sure it's an optical illusion, the clothes were very flattering."

Sun said she has lost most of her pregnancy weight though she is still 4kg above her normal weight.

According to her manager, she used to weigh about 43kg and is now 47kg.

But she added: "Weight gain is the last thing on my mind."

Various aspects of motherhood weigh more heavily on Sun's mind and among the more painful ones is breastfeeding.

Sun declined to go into details, but said she has stopped doing it and is now feeding her son solids.

"(Breastfeeding is) very good for the child, but was also a painful process," she said.

Describing her son as "healthy and strong", Sun added that he is "a good boy".

"He's quite healthy, eats well and goes to sleep very quickly," she said.


However, as a first-time mother, Sun said she did "go crazy" at the start.

"Before becoming a mother, I was quite cool about things, thinking everything was within control," she said.

"But in motherhood, not many things go according to plan. Initially it drove me crazy, but I learnt to solve the problem instead... In the end, it's not because it's easier, but because you get better at it."

Sun revealed her husband had his own way of dealing with parenthood.

"He's very into schedules," she said, laughing.

"We have a printed schedule and my colleagues know about this, because they were like 'Oh, you have a timetable?'

"This allows us to focus during our shift and sort of relax after that."

Sun also praised him: "I really feel my husband is great, because he doesn't think child-rearing is an exclusively female task."

When asked to grade him, she gave him 80 out of 100.

She was hesitant to rate herself, instead saying with a laugh: "I think to him, I'm the best mother ever.

"He has no other choice!"

Sun also said she has a helper, although she did not elaborate if the helper was a maid or nanny. She also thanked her parents for their help.

"They are pretty awesome, but because I'm not a young parent, they're also not young grandparents," she said.

"So I have to be mindful of not letting them do anything too strenuous."

And as she progressively returns to the limelight, she said she misses her son while at work.

She said she was working on Monday and did not see him the whole day.

"So I took out my phone to see a video of my son," she said.

"But so that I don't look like a psycho, I asked my colleagues if they wanted to see!

"When you have spent so much time with a person, yes, he's a person, naturally you'll miss him."

Sun said she is now at a phase where she is starting to look at how her career can fit into family life.

"At the beginning, I felt it was impossible, but now I feel it's about finding a balance," she said.

"I feel I have a manageable schedule and can also travel overseas, but for no longer than three days at a time."

Sun is expected to perform at an all-star concert in Beijing this Saturday. She is also planning a concert tour, which she said will begin in January next year.

As for the inevitable question of whether she will have a second child any time soon, Sun said: "Now I feel quite tied up. Maybe when I feel I get the hang of it... Maybe I will."

See photos from Sun's press conference here, or view the RazorTV videos here.

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