MP Tin Pei Ling announces that she is pregnant with her first child

SINGAPORE - Marine Parade GRC MP Tin Pei Ling has revealed that she is expecting her first child. But she will continue to keep up with her parliamentary duties and constituency work for as long as she is able to do so.

"This is my first baby and my hubby and I are looking forward to welcoming this new member to our family. I am excited and a bit nervous, given that it is a whole new experience for me," the 31-year-old wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday.

She decided to make the announcement after several recent enquiries from a number of people, she explained.

"I have been blessed to have the full support of my fellow MPs in the Marine Parade GRC team and my team in MacPherson. They have both pledged to help support and cover me if and when I need to slow down.

"We will continue to put in our best efforts to serve the needs of MacPherson residents," added Ms Tin, a first-term MP who entered politics in the 2011 General Election

She had said in recent interviews that she hoped to soon start a family with her husband - Mr Ng How Yue, who is Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Law.

On Facebook, she added: "Looking forward to meeting the little one. Hope to have your blessings too!"

Dozens of netizens congratulated her, with some encouraging her to take care and not to overwork herself.

She will be the third MP to give birth while in office. Ms Sim Ann, Minister of State for Education and Communications and Information, gave birth to her third child in 2011. Punggol East MP Lee Li Lian gave birth to her first child in July 2014.