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  • Karen Delos Reyes Enjoyed Her Pregnancy Even if It Was a Solo Journey

    Plus, Joross Gamboa on handling temptations, Dr. Vicki Belo on stretch marks, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
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  • Karen Delos Reyes looks back on being pregnant: 'I enjoyed it!'

    The new mom from the famous 2001 McDonalds television ad revealed on Instagram that she was home alone for much of her last trimester and did everything herself (she had no household help). She said she enjoyed her pregnancy very much despite feeling "emotional" that she attributed to pregnancy hormones.  

    "I cleaned the house, fed the dogs, cooked for myself (learned to cook delicious healthy food, in fairness. Queber kung pan seared garlic lamb chops yan with pumpkin soup and veggies on the side every other day), slept eight hours, went to whereever I wanted (salon, malls, friends house, restaurants). Yup! Na-enjoy ko siya [pregnancy]," she wrote on Instagram.

    There was one mishap that could have been a cause for concern, but Karen probably recalls it now with a lot of humor. "I'd like to thank those people who were there for me when I was pregnant. My family, friends who kept me sane and the neighbor who helped me when I got stuck/locked out sa terrace at seven months. Salamat!" she added. 



    The new solo mom (she has never spoken about who the father of her son, Gabriel Lucas) is enjoying motherhood.  She has survived the first few weeks of little-to-no-sleep-at-all stage, including breastfeeding, with the help of family and friends and some Rockabye lullaby songs. Rock on, Karen!

    Joross Gamboa: "Ang temptasyon, tinatakbuhan, hindi nilalabanan."

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    The Deadma Walking star shares that he maintains a peaceful family life by tellingf his wife Katz about the temptations he encounters. In fact, the dad of two says he tries to avoid drinking as much as possible. If he does drink, it's always with his wife. On occasions he needs to socialize without her, he limits himself to two glasses or one bottle of alcohol and updates his wife via text messages when he's on his way home. 

    "Kaya kahit ayain ako, kahit sagot nilang lahat, party, hindi na ako nakakapunta. At saka, ang temptasyon, tinatakbuhan, hindi nilalabanan. E, ako dati, nilalabanan ko, pero talo ako lagi. So ngayon, bago pa magkaroon ng eksena na solo kayo sa isang lugar, iwasan mo na," Joross said. Asked how he would teach his sons to handle temptations, he said he would do his best and leave it to God. "Matuto sila sa mistake ng ibang tao or sila mismo ang maka-experience. So, nasa kanila yun," he added. (pep.ph)

    Did you know Dr. Vicki Belo has a solution for stretch marks?


    Scarlet Snow's mom recently shared that one of the questions she gets most asked about is how she treats stretch marks. Dr. Belo answered that the Belo Medical Group has what it calls the "Time Capsule," which helps reduce and improve the overall appearance of stretch marks. It consists of four procedures: First, air is used to detach the skin from the scar underneath, so it comes up on the surface and becomes more shallow. Second, a fractional carbon dioxide laser is used to stimulate collagen production, and this improves the appearance of stretch marks. Third, growth factor serum is injected to enhance the appearance of scars by enhancing skin renewal and promotes dermal remodeling for faster and better results. And lastly, Inara amber light is used for healing. Dr. Belo shares that Time Capsule requires eight to 10 procedures spaced every two to three months. While the treatment involves only minimal pain, it will take three to five days to heal completely. (See more of Dr. Belo's advice on flawless underams and skin here.)

    WHO orders to intensify anti-dengue measures
    To minimize the adverse effects of the controversial dengue vaccine, the World Health Organization reiterated its recommendation to intensify anti-dengue measures in areas where the government's immunization program was implemented, according to a GmaNetwork.com report. Makers of the Dengvaxia vaccine, Sanofi Pasteur, recently released that individuals who did not have the dengue before they were vaccinated may have an increased risk for severe dengue when they catch the illness for the first time. Meanwhile, in an article for Esquire, an infectious diseases physician, Edsel Maurice Salvana, M.D., who is not connected with the pharmaceutical company, wrote that people should not totally dismiss the benefits of the dengue vaccine. "[Sanofi's statement] reiterated the efficacy of the vaccine up to six years, and this is a good thing. If you have started the series, you probably should complete it — otherwise you won't get the full benefit. We need to emphasize this because people may not complete their vaccination because of the uncertainty."


    New flushable, biodegradable pregnancy test kit 

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the use of the "Lia" pregnancy test, the world's first FDA-approved flushable, biodegradable pregnancy test. "At Lia, we have modernized the pregnancy test, ditching wasteful plastic and unnecessary electronics for a streamlined alternative that is both good for the environment and more discreet for its users," said Bethany Edwards, CEO of Lia Diagnostics, makers of the new flushable pregnancy test. Lia is made of the same natural plant fibers as most toilet paper and weighs less than six squares of the leading three-ply toilet paper. While it can be discarded quickly, Lia still promises 99% accuracy when used on the day of an expected period. It also empowers women with a pregnancy test kit that values privacy, choose how and when to share the results on their own terms. (drugstorenews.com)

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