Motherhood may be the best job in the world but this does not mean that it is perfect and easy all the time. On the contrary - and as all mothers will attest – nothing prepares you for it. Especially now that kids seem more advanced and their needs different, motherhood can be overwhelming, especially for moms who hold 9-to-5 jobs on top of their domestic responsibilities. Not, though, when you play it smart.
Celebrity mom Dawn Zulueta-Lagdameo knows this first-hand, having to balance her showbiz commitments with caring for her five-year-old son Jacobo and two-year-old daughter Ayisha. She is also involved in socio-civic organizations and is, in fact, a board member of Bantay Bata.
When we asked how it is to be a mom to a big kid and a toddler at age 42, she says, “It’s tiring! At my age, it is tiring. As I tell my friends, have babies sooner, because when you’re already nearing 40, for some reason, you cant’ seem to catch up as fast as you’d like to. But it’s fun. It’s so much fun. I think my kids keep me young and keep me on my toes.”
Reproductive Autoimmune Failure Syndrome The challenge for Dawn and her husband Anton was to get pregnant. “Both were difficult pregnancies, but my pregnancy with Ayisha was even more difficult. I think it really has a lot to do with age,” Dawn shares.
It was after Dawn got pregnant with Jacobo that she had herself checked and was diagnosed with a condition called Reproductive Autoimmune Failure Syndrome (RAFS). “Your reproductive immune is giving you problems to conceive or you can get pregnant, but you can’t seem to keep the pregnancy. There are five or six different kinds. You can have two or one or all,” Dawn explains. “But that has treatment already, you can be treated for that.”