Siti Nurhaliza on tough delivery

Happy parents Siti Nurhaliza and Khalid Mohamad Jiwa celebrating the birth of their daughter, Siti Aafiyah Khalid.
Happy parents Siti Nurhaliza and Khalid Mohamad Jiwa celebrating the birth of their daughter, Siti Aafiyah Khalid.

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysian pop diva Siti Nurhaliza said she lost a lot of blood when she gave birth to her daughter on March 19.

Sharing details of her caesarean section, the 39-year-old said at her Bukit Antarabangsa home: "I had to be closely monitored by my doctor. About three days later, I started walking. Although the wounds were still painful, I told myself to be brave."

The singer, who had taken precautions such as using a wheelchair at home during her pregnancy, said it might take up to six months before she can make a full recovery, reported The Star.

Siti, who is married to businessman Khalid Mohamad Jiwa, suffered a miscarriage in 2015.

On the choice of Siti Aafiyah Khalid for the baby's name, she said: "The word Aafiyah is found in an ayat doa (prayer). And I kept hearing this ayat doa throughout my pregnancy. Aafiyah means 'everything that is good'."

The couple had waited 11 years to start a family after they got married in 2006.

"Now, my focus is on educating her, that's a big responsibility. I want to give my best to raising her, whether it's imparting knowledge or teaching her good manners," Siti said.

 
 

"Her mum is a singer so that celebrity spotlight indirectly spills over to her. (But) I want her to have a normal life and just go with the flow."

Her husband, 59, who has four sons from a previous marriage, said: "I've been praying for almost 18 years for a girl. When I built this house, each of my sons had a room.

"I built one more room and reserved it for a baby girl. Now, that room finally has an occupant."

Does Siti hope to have another child? "It's something I have in mind, but I have to see what the doctor says," she said. "I leave it to God. If God gives, I'm happy. If God doesn't, I'm still grateful."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 29, 2018, with the headline 'Siti Nurhaliza on tough delivery'. Print Edition | Subscribe