Kylie Padilla, who recently confirmed rumors that she is pregnant with her second child, revealed that she had been battling perinatal depression, a condition that can occur from the time the mom becomes pregnant until the child turns 1.
“Eto, hindi ko siya naintindihan, bigla na lang nagba-blank ako tapos lumala ‘yong anxiety ko so kaya akala namin girl.”
The actress told GMA’s 24 Oras that this pregnancy is a lot different than her first. She recalled that when she was pregnant with Alas, she was always in a jolly mood, and that the depression set in only after her son was born.
According to Healthline, among the symptoms of perinatal depression are:
- frequent crying or weepiness
- fatigue or low energy
- loss of enjoyment in once pleasurable activities
- increased anxiety
- trouble feeling connected to your developing baby (or poor fetal attachment)
Kylie attributes her being emotional to her pregnancy, and feels the need to be more introspective this time. “Parang kailangan ko pa hanapin sarili ko in this one, parang ‘yon ‘yong journey ko ngayon. Sino ba talaga si Kylie?” she says.
To manage the symptoms of perinatal depression, Kylie keeps herself busy with projects that are close to her heart, like writing and painting.
Having a strong support system in her family members has also been instrumental in helping Kylie cope with perinatal depression. Her husband, actor Aljur Abrenica, has been a source of comfort for the pregnant actress.
She recalls a particular conversation with Aljur when she expressed feeling self-conscious about gaining weight because of her pregnancy.
In an Instagram post, Kylie posted a photo of herself with her growing bump and captioned it, “The other day I said, ‘Mahal, what do you think when I grow rounder and bigger. Because I feel so bloated.’ He says, ‘Ano ka ba, you’re making an angel. That’s the most beautiful thing in the world.’ He holds my bump and kisses it.”
It is times like these that endear Aljur to her all the more. “I think...mas nag-grow ‘yong love ko sa kanya,” she says of her husband.
The pregnant actress also shared that she has become more clingy to Aljur who, by the way, got pranked by Kylie a month before they confirmed the pregnancy. What was supposed to be an April Fool’s joke she prepared for Aljur had backfired.
“Kumuha ako ng pregnancy test, sinulatan ko ng red. Nasa CR ako kunwari. Sabi ko, ‘Mahal! Tignan mo!’ Tapos sabi niya, ‘Weh hindi naman totoo ‘yan, ballpen ‘yan o.’”
However, her period never came that month. “Sabi ko, ‘Oh my God totoo na yata ito.’ Hintay ako five days.” Until she had to tell Aljur the truth—“Mahal, ako ‘yong na-prank kasi buntis ako. Doon ko nalaman, April Fool’s Day. Bumalik sa akin ‘yong prank ko.”
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