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  • Top of the Morning: Isabel Oli Admits Becoming A Mom Is Not Easy

    Plus, Heart Evangelista and Senator Chiz Escudero postpone renewal of vows, gene-editing on human embryo gets a go-ahead, and more!
    by SmartParenting Staff .
  • 1. Isabel Oli admits having a not-so-easy pregnancy

    “I thought na mabuntis ka lang, lalaki lang yung tiyan mo, you gain weight. 'Akala ko gano’n ka-simple. 'Hindi pala," she said at the launch of Dynamite Aqua Sports. She shared that she had to be on bed rest, that there are so many things she needs to avoid, and had to change her wardrobe, and deal with heightened senses--which she says is the hardest part of her pregnancy. However, Oli said she is excited and is not worried about the pain of giving birth. Besides, husband John Prats is very understanding of her mood swings and really spoils her when she craves something. (pep.ph

    2. Heart Evangelista and Senator Chiz Escudero postpone renewal of vows
    The couple, who will be celebrating their first anniversary as a married couple on February 15, will be delaying the celebration. Heart and Senator Chiz originally planned to renew their vows on their first anniversary to give them the chance to declare their love for each other in the presence of Evangelista's parents who were not present at their wedding, but because of the campaign period, which begins February 9, "Iniisip namin na hindi siguro ito ang tamang panahon para magkaroon ng ganung ceremony, kasi mabibigyan lang din siya ng ibang kulay,” Heart said. Instead, she shared that they will just have dinner at home to celebrate. (pep.ph

    3. Scientists given go signal to genetically modify human embryos
    For the first time in the U.K., DNA altering on human embryos have been approved. However, the scientists will not be permitted to implant a genetically modified embryo into women. The research aims to provide a deeper understanding on the earliest moments in human life. The experiments on the human embryos will start seven days after fertilization. Last year, China had claimed to have done gene-editing on human embryos to correct a gene that causes a blood disorder. (bbc.com

    4. Is McDonald's replacing the Happy Meal toys?
    Yes -- in the U.S. at least, and for a limited time only. The McDonald's Happy Meal Box will not contain toys, but storybooks--such as Paddington, Clark the Shark Takes Heart, Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! and Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day. McDonald's traded the toys for books in 2013 and 2015. This year, it's in partnership with the literary nonprofit organization Reading Is Fundamental. The fast-food giant expects to give away 50 million books by the time the program ends. (yahoo.com

    5. School cancels Valentine's Day and other holidays
    Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul, Minnesota is cancelling Valentine's Day -- and so with the other holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Halloween. The principal sent out a letter that halts the celebrations “until we can come to a better understanding of how the dominant view will suppress someone else’s view.” His announcement drew both criticism and support. The school is composed of predominantly Asian and black students, and more than half of the students come from various faiths. (yahoo.com)

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