Women are familiar with the risks pregnancy poses as you age. Your fertility declines and the danger of miscarriage, premature delivery, and chromosomal abnormalities in the baby, among others, get higher as you approach your late 30s.
Chynna Ortaleza was 32 years old when she gave birth to her daughter, Stellar, in April 2016. Now 35, the actress relates to ArtisTambayan online chat that carrying her daughter in her womb wasn’t the hard part.
"Luckily, kahit 32 ako, hindi ako nahirapan na dalhin si Stellar,” she says. “But it's a different story now that she's growing up.”Chynna confesses, “Ang hirap niyang habulin. As in talagang ngayon ko na-understand kung bakit ina-advise sa mga babae to get pregnant in your 20s, because nasa prime 'yung body mo."
Her advice to women in their 30s who plan to have a baby: Be fit and healthy. "I don't always work out, [but we] really need to work out. You have to make yourself strong for your child.”
She adds that working out does not need to be done in the gym. Many of the daily activities we engage with our children count as physical activity, and it contributes to maintaining our stamina. The GMA-7 actress continues, “Try to get as much sleep as you can even if mahirap gawin.”
Another celebrity mom who agrees that keeping fit can be done at home is Bettinna Carlos. The actress-baker had recently shared on her Instagram photos of her doing push-ups against a wall in the confines of her home. She calls it her “favorite (though painful post-workout) arm workout for toning your biceps.” Bettinna continues, “That jiggly part of your arm when you wave; it’s every woman’s problem area next to the belly. “It is effortless because you can do it any time of the day, wherever you are, whatever you are wearing.”
Bettinna stresses that intentional working out is all about finding opportunities in your daily activities and situations to move more. It can be as simple and common as “taking the stairs rather than the elevator.” And mindfully choose what you consume. She regularly posts on her Instagram tips on how to turn certain dishes into healthier food options without losing their flavor.
Bettinna indulges her cravings from time to time, like one instance when she baked old school yema cake.
On the other hand, Chynna confesses that growing up, she was never into healthy stuff, such as proper food and taking supplements. But this all changed when she became a mother.
She narrates, “Surprisingly, you become healthy, and you start to look [for] healthy things when you become a mom. Ako, never talaga nag-occur sa akin na magvi-VCO [virgin coconut oil] and honey ako, every day, with turmeric and things like this.
Chynna adds, “Ayoko talagang umiinom ng vitamins before, pero now, kailangan na kailangan ‘yan, now that you’re a mom.”