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  • Toni Gonzaga Shares She Fainted During Labor!

    Plus, Scarlet Snow Belo meets Dayanara Torres, DOH investigates reports of a baby born with microcephaly, and more!
    by Rachel Perez . Published Feb 4, 2017
 Toni Gonzaga Shares She Fainted During Labor!
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  • Toni Gonzaga thought she would have a cesarean delivery

    At some point, she couldn't handle the pain anymore. After a day and a half in labor, Toni shared she fainted during the ordeal. “E, kasi sobrang sakit!" the new mom said on ABS-CBN’s morning talk show Magandang Buhay. "Nag-wear out na yung anesthesia [at] hindi na 'ko pwedeng lagyan ng bagong batch, kasi magna-numb na yung half ng body ko [at] hindi na 'ko makaka-ire.” Around 3 a.m., Toni got her pain relief meds when she was seven centimeters dilated, but Baby Seve still wouldn’t go down in the pelvic area. After two hours of pushing, Toni thought her doctor would opt for a C-section. But by the time the anesthesia’s effect worn off, she managed to do a natural vaginal delivery, and Baby Seve was born past 5 a.m. Toni said the experience left her tired and hungry. She also complained about the heat! The air conditioning in her room needed to be turned off so the baby would not be cold. Oh, the things a mother endures for her baby!

    DOH is verifying reports of child with microcephaly

    The Department of Healthy (DOH) still needs to verify reports that a full-term baby from Western Visayas tested positive for microcephaly. Using a rapid diagnostic test, the child, a girl, and her mother had tested positive for Zika antibodies. The test still needs to be confirmed by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, DOH Secretary Paulyn Ubial said in a statement. The baby's mother is not among the 57 confirmed cases of Zika virus in the country. The mother reportedly had manifested symptoms of Zika during her pregnancy, and her daughter was observed to have a smaller-sized head than normal. The baby was also born with encephalocele, a rare type of neural-tube congenital disability that affects the brain in the area between her eyes. (inquirer.net)

    LOOK: Scarlet Snow meets Dayanara Torres


    Scarlet Snow may not fully grasp what a beauty pageant is. But she is probably thinking Miss Universe candidates are today's real-life princesses especially after meeting Miss Universe 1993, Dayanara Torres. The caption on Instagram for the photo above read: “I love meeting mommy's friends. They're all so beautiful.” During Belo Company's Miss Universe viewing party last Monday, Scarlet Snow stole the spotlight as she confidently mingled with the crowd in an embroidered baby pink terno with appliques made especially for her by Hayden's sister-in-law, designer Cor Sunglao-Kho, and a sash that proudly says "Ms. Philippines". Then on her dad’s Instagram account, she also replicated Gloria Diaz’s winning swimsuit-and-royal- cape looks when she won Miss Universe in 1969. (pep.ph)

    Michael Buble's son is responding well to cancer treatment

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    There's a bit of good news from the Buble household. A statement on the singer’s Facebook provides an update on Michael's son, Noah, who was diagnosed with cancer in November last year. “We are so grateful to report that our son Noah has been progressing well during his treatment and the doctors are very optimistic about the future for our little boy. He has been brave throughout, and we continue to be inspired by his courage. We thank God for the strength he has given all of us.” Michael and wife Luisana Lopilato’s had to put their careers on hold to focus on their 3-year-old's treatment. Michael and Luisana also have a second son, Elias, who turned 1 last month. (people.com)

    A case for longer maternity leave


    The National Partnership for Women and Families in the U.S. wanted to make an appeal for a longer maternity leave to the Trump administration. So they made a satirical public service announcement video that features a woman who has been pregnant for five years! Entitled A Long Five Years, the woman, Lauren, chose to remain pregnant until she saved up enough leave days to give birth. She nor her husband has paid family leave, a reality that faces many preggos in the United States. “It’s absurd that most U.S. workers – 86 percent — don’t have paid family leave through their employers,” the YouTube description reads. “And only some are lucky enough to live in the four states that have paid family and medical leave laws. But we can change this,” said actress Sophia Bush who narrated the video. Maternity leave is also a hot topic among pregnant Pinays. There are pending bills on parental leaves facing approvals, including one that extends maternity leave to 120 days. (huffingtonpost.com

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