Paloma Faith sends poignant message to daughter after IVF heartbreak
Paloma Faith has opened up about her journey to become a mother for a second time, revealing she will tell her daughter to "start younger" if she can.
The chart-topping singer took to social media this week to announce the happy news that she is pregnant after a series of heartbreaking failed IVF attempts.
Paloma, 39, said: "If I were to give advice to my daughter, or other young women, I would say you would never, ever regret the children you have, you only regret the ones you choose not to.
"And that if you can start younger, you should.
"For me, the Holy Grail age for being a mother for the first time would be 28.
"But it was hard. I had quite a traumatic birth and maybe I wouldn’t have if I’d have done it younger."
The Voice UK mentor added to The Sun: "Older parents — I mean, my head’s obviously 12 — but physically, if you leave it a bit later then it’s harder on the body."
Paloma and her partner Leyman Lahcine welcomed their first daughter in December 2016.
Excitedly revealing she's set to become a mum for the second time, Paloma wrote: "It is with extreme pleasure I announce I am pregnant.
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"I am going to be releasing new music at this time and wanted to feel free in my body as it changes before all our eyes.
"I love my job and can't wait for you all to hear my fifth album and I will be out and about playing as much as this crazy time will allow (also a tour next year).
"I am not a skinny pregnant person and I am also high risk in the pregnancy so I would like to ask the media not to run after me to get unflattering shots as anxiety is detrimental to me and my baby."
Speaking frankly about struggling to conceive, Paloma continued: "This child is so wanted, it's my sixth round of IVF and was a struggle to get here.
"I had a very traumatic first birth an I am also prone to postpartum depression.
"Being a mother is the greatest thing that's ever happened to me but I will swell up and I won't 'glow'.
"I intend to be very real about this with you all.
"To all the other pregnant women out there who are as in love with their babies as me but simultaneously sh***ing themselves, let's do this."
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