“It’s the small moments that make life big. Happiness is on the way,” she writes in an Instagram post, adding the hashtags #prayersanswered, #godsgift, and #newjourney.
The news came as a surprise to her fans, since Ryza had been keeping her relationship with cinematographer Miguel Antonio Cruz, the father of her baby, private. But the 32-year-old actress decided to come clean with her pregnancy so she wouldn’t have to hide their child.
“Kung hindi ko rin naman po kasi aaminin ang totoong sitwasyon ko, ako rin naman po ang mahihirapan. Kapag lalabas ka, kailangan mo pang magtago. Mas maganda ‘yung wala kang iniisip kung lumalabas ka or may gusto kang gawin,” she tells PEP.ph in an online interview.
In the same interview, Ryza shares that she first found out she was pregnant in April 2020. “April 3 po, nag-P.T. (pregnancy test) ako, pero hindi po siya malinaw. Kasi ‘yung isang guhit, malabo. April 9 ko na po nalaman na pregnant po ako,” she says, admitting that it is a quarantine baby.
Despite the unplanned pregnancy, Ryza confidently says she is ready to be a mother. She had been worried that she would be unable to conceive since she has an inverted uterus.
“Dati pa naman po, ‘di ba, ‘yun naman po ang hinihiling ko [a baby]. Kasi minsan na-fe-feel ko na na-pe-pressure ako sa mga friends ko, na ako na lang po [ang walang baby],” she tells PEP.ph.
Her second trimester is a bit harder because of the nausea. “Sa second trimester po, lahat ng kinakain ko, sinusuka ko siya. Minsan, umiiyak na ko,” Ryza shares. “Tapos, nahihirapan na ko. Nahihilo po at mas mabilis akong mapagod.” Thankfully, the vomiting has subsided a little bit since the actress was prescribed medicine.
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Like other expectant moms, Ryza can’t help but be worried because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Nakakatakot po na nakakapanibago. Minsan, iniisip ko po, siguro kung walang ganitong pandemic, mas ma-e-enjoy ko siguro ang pregnancy ko. Puwede akong lumabas, maglakad-lakad, mamili ng gamit niya,” she shares.
Despite all that’s happening, the actress is choosing to keep positive and just focusing on taking care of her baby boy. “Matagal ko naman pong dinasal ito kaya, ‘yun nga, sana ay maging masaya na lang po sila sa akin, at ipagdasal po kami na maging okay ng anak ko sa sitwasyon ngayong pandemic,” she says.