The actress and mom to Stellar, 3 years old, and Salem, 3 months old, bid 2019 goodbye with a bittersweet note she posted on Instagram. In it, Chynna Ortaleza got real about how much her body has changed after two pregnancies.
“Pagkatapos ng pag aruga ng 2 supling sa aking sinapupunan ng tag 9 na buwan. Katotohanan lang. Maitim na ang kili kili ko, hindi na maayos ang kurba ng bewang ko. May stretch marks pa na regalo si Nukie Mamon [their pet name for Salem],” she writes as caption for a black-and-white selfie that reveals all of those “imperfections.”
Moreover, Chynna shared that just two months after giving birth to her son in September 2019, she has had to undergo an operation to have her gallbladder removed due to chronic cholecystitis, or inflammation of the gallbladder. A person with cholecystitis usually experiences painful episodes of cramping and even nausea and vomiting at times. According to WebMD, gallstones are the usual culprit for this condition.
“At pagkatapos ko siya [Salem] ipanganak at alagaan ng 2 buwan balik ospital ako dahil ipinanganak ko naman ang gallbladder ko. RIP sa kanya. Hindi niya na kinaya. At ubod ng sakit nun. OA.
“Sabi ko nga manganganak na lang ako ng 20 times kesa maramdaman ang sakit ng Chronic Cholecystitis. Sana wag niyo siyang maranasan!”
Nonetheless, Chynna is grateful for everything she’s been through in the past year. Giving birth to her son, undergoing a major operation, and the death of her father in May only made her stronger as a woman and as a human being, she says.
“Kung tatanungin niyo ako mas nararamdaman ko ang lakas ko ngayon. Hindi lang bilang babae. Bilang TAO. Buhay na buhay ako at nagpapasalamat na araw araw ay may panibagong gising,” she adds.
“I am bombarded yet I stand. Thank you Lord sa buong 2019. Pinakamasalimuot at masakit na taon ng buhay ko. Isa rin sa pinakamaganda para sa kaluluwa ko.”