For many couples, their journey to having a child is marked with many momentous occasions and celebratory milestones — seeing their child’s first heartbeat, completing their first trimester, feeling the baby move.
However, for Chan and her husband, Chow, their road to parenthood has been fraught with fear and trepidation.
Each trip to the doctor fills them with relief when they hear assurance and good news that their baby is growing well. However, it lasts for perhaps five minutes, until invasive thoughts start creeping in again.
This is because Chan has suffered three miscarriages within the span of half a year.
“It’s hard to shake off the feeling that this pregnancy is too good to be true,” the 33-year-old confesses in an interview with AsiaOne. “We don’t dare to hope. This could slip through our fingers any moment.”
What’s different about her pregnancy this time though, is that the foetus was conceived through in-vitro fertilization (IVF).
Chan is now five months pregnant. This is also the first time the couple has made it past the first trimester.