Taking motherhood in stride


One four all: Lai spending time with her husband Randy Low and children Clarisse and Justin.

PETALING JAYA: Despite being young mothers, they face the same situation as the generations before them. Their work is never done!

However, these superwomen take it all in their stride, knowing the rewards they reap outweigh the sacrifices they make.

Smiles: Fawwaz says motherhood is the greatest and hardest thing in her life.
Smiles: Fawwaz says motherhood is the greatest and hardest thing in her life.  

For Fawwaz Nabilah, 27, motherhood is the “greatest and hardest” thing that has happened to her.

“My life has changed 180 degrees but I enjoy every moment. As a mother, I don’t want to miss any moment of my daughter’s growth,” she said.

Working as a staff nurse makes it a challenge for Fawwaz to spend regular time with her daughter, especially when she has to work night shifts at least twice a week.

“I try my best to spend time with my daughter – cooking for her, playing games and reading to her. During my free time at work, I will also video call her to tell her I miss her,” she said.

Caryn Lai, 33, said her priorities have shifted towards caring for her family as she learnt the amount of time and attention her children needed.

“I was finding it hard to concentrate at work because I would be worrying for my children, especially when they fall sick.

“As a salesperson, I have to clear my work quickly and rush home,” she added.

Deciding that she would like more time with her family, she has moved to a sales support job role that would allow her to do so.

Her family members such as her mother had provided her with invaluable support and advice.

“I understand my mother now. I would say to my mother ‘How did you handle four kids? I’m struggling with two!’” she said.

Happy home: Chia with her husband Phang Ying Soon and daughter Hannah.
Happy home: Chia with her husband Phang Ying Soon and daughter Hannah.  

Grace Chia, 28, also agreed that motherhood has taught her to appreciate her mother more.

“Now that I have a daughter I appreciate the sacrifices my mother made,” she said.

She said being a mother gives her “unexplainable and incomprehensible” joy as her daughter grows.

Entrepreneur and TV host Carey Ng, 30, said it is difficult to get over the “mum guilt”, especially as motherhood is a demanding “job”.

Caring mum: Ng with her children at home. She says there’s nothing like seeing their milestones.
Caring mum: Ng with her children at home. She says there’s nothing like seeing their milestones.  

“There are no days off, and it tests me both physically and emotionally, but there’s nothing like seeing their milestones. Those moments are like the biggest paydays,” she said.

Ng, who was Miss Universe Malaysia 2013, said she has learned to go with the flow and not expect everything to be perfect.

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