Ella Chen is now a mum. The 35-year-old S.H.E singer welcomed a boy on Wednesday (April 12).
She wrote on Facebook on Thursday: “Yesterday afternoon, accompanied by the sisters and family I love (it’s the first time a maternity room is so crowded – this mother loves a lively atmosphere), I gave birth safely to the first baby of my life.”
She said she had a natural birth without an epidural, after trying but failing to have a water birth.
She added: “I originally wanted to try a water birth, but it was not successful in the end. My cervix was too thick, and my birth canal wasn’t wide enough, as its width didn’t even measure the length of a hand, so I had a natural birth instead. I didn’t get an epidural, so it was very, very, very painful. But the midwife told me that I must continue to push.”
Her husband, Malaysian businessman Alvin Lai, 40, revealed on Facebook that she was in labour for up to 20 hours, said Apple Daily.
The baby – weighing 3.088kg, measuring 48cm and nicknamed Strong Baby – has been put on a respirator because he choked on amniotic fluid and meconium, but is otherwise fine, Chen said.
She also shared photos taken with her newborn, husband and S.H.E bandmates Selina Jen and Hebe Tien.
Last Friday (April 7), a heavily pregnant Chen posted a video clip of herself baring her belly and doing an energetic dance on her Facebook page.
The cheeky singer also hashtagged the video with #strongestpregnantwomanonearth and #thisistheresultofregularexercise.
Chen, who said in an earlier interview that she will be a fun-loving and crazy mum, also has plans for more children in the future.
Godmum Jen also shared a video clip on Weibo that showed she was ready for nappy duty.
A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times.