In the midst of the chaos and uncertainty of 2020, media personality and Gold Series ambassador, Simz Ngema became a mother for the first time.
With her first Mother’s Day on Sunday, she says that the biggest challenge she faced when she was pregnant with her son Tiyani (Kemorena) was the fear of contracting COVID-19 and being unable to look after her precious new bundle of joy.
“It was a very scary time for me," she says. "We didn’t have all the information on the Coronavirus at that time and I was in and out of medical facilities for ante-natal check-ups.”
In the lead up to Tiyani’s arrival, Simphiwe says that she had many people tell her about the hardships of parenthood.
“I think people are quick to tell you about the challenges of new parenthood, but I’ve discovered many more facets to being a mom," she says.
"No one really tells you how fun it can be. I feel like I’ve gained a new little best friend with an amazing personality and the ability to learn incredible things each and every day! We have such fun together!”
She adds that she’s grateful for the support and love she received from friends and family during the time of Tiyani’s arrival.
“My advice to people is to check in on those new moms in their families or communities! Motherhood is a full-time job and it’s just wonderful when someone takes the time to acknowledge your new role and tell you that you’re doing a great job. It can make all the difference to have cheerleaders around you.”
Talking about the balance between work and home life, Simphiwe says that it’s been difficult, but she’s had lots of help from partner Tino Chinyani.
“I’m blessed to have people around me to help when I’m working, but it can be exhausting to come back from a full day’s work and know that your child needs that special time with you, at your best.”
For her, the best gift a mother can receive this Mother’s Day is time out!
“An hour off, a spa treatment, an evening out or a beautiful perfume from Gold Series will hit the spot for me!”
But more than anything, she says the best gift of all is seeing their child happy