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  • Isabel Oli Reveals Pregnancy Challenges That Required Costly And 'Very Painful' Treatments

    Isabel Oli spent the last trimester of her third pregnancy alone.
    by FM Ganal for Pep.ph .
  • It has been four months since Isabel Oli gave birth to her third child, daughter Lilla Forest. In her vlog posted October 20, 2020, Isabel narrated her third pregnancy journey, saying it was "way different from her past pregnancies." For starters, it happened in the middle of a pandemic.

    Right at the start of her pregnancy, Isabel already encountered serious troubles. "There was blood around the sac, so pwede mawala talaga siya," the mom of three revealed.

    She was grateful that her OB-GYN was there to guide her throughout the pregnancy. "Feeling ko talaga, instrument talaga siya na ginamit ni God kasi sobra talagang smooth iyong lahat kahit na maraming challenges, pero hindi ko masyadong naramdaman," Isabel said.

    Isabel Oli had to undergo costly and painful treatments to sustain her pregnancy

    The celebrity mom had to undergo intralipid infusions. She described it as a "twenty percent intravenous fat emulsion used routinely as a source of fat and calories for patients requiring parental nutrition."

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    Isabel did the procedure during her second pregnancy, but only once. But for her third pregnancy, she did it more frequently. "Ito talaga, parang every four weeks, 'tapos every three weeks, every two weeks, ganyan," she revealed.

    Aside from intralipid infusion, Isabel also had to inject Innohep every day to prevent blood clots during pregnancy and Lymphocyte Immunization Therapy (LIT) to strengthen her immunity. The latter involves her husband John Prats.

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    "We had LIT na na-involve pa talaga iyong asawa ko. Kasi iyong white blood cells niya kailangan i-transfer sa akin, which is very, very painful," she shared.

    Isabel noted that these therapies and treatments were also costly, which led her to think "tama na." The celebrity mom mused, "Well, I'm just being practical. Sana ito na iyong last namin kasi dapat dalawa lang, e."

    She said it started with three but then decided on just two because chidbirth was painful. "Ngayon, naging three, which is such a blessing kasi hindi talaga namin plinano pero dumating," Isabel shared.

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    Aside from the treatments, Isabel was instructed to be on bed rest for the majority of her pregnancy. This meant she couldn't carry her two kids Feather and Freedom.

    "Bawal akyat-baba, so medyo iba lang talaga. But worth it. At the end of the day, kung saan safe si baby, doon tayo, di ba?" she said.

    Isabel Oli had to get tested for COVID four times

    At 36 weeks into her pregnancy, Isabel had a cough. It was the middle of the pandemic, so she was instructed to get tested. Isabel underwent four swab tests. 

    To add to her anxiety, she was on her own at the time. As part of the new normal protocols for television and film production, the entire cast and crew of the ABS-CBN series Ang Probinsyano had to do a lock-in shoot in Batangas. John had to spend five weeks away from his pregnant wife and two children.

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    But with John away, Isabel started to struggle with anxiety. "Hindi ako makahinga, parang puno iyong doon sa nose ko, 'tapos masikip iyong dibdib ko. Iba talaga. Ang sakit-sakit talaga," Isabel recalled.

    She continued, "I was really scared. Nagkaka-nightmare na rin ako na paano kung manganak ako without John beside me?

    "Tapos paano ito, naka-mask daw [kapag delivery]? Hindi ako nakakahinga. Iyong two pregnancies ko nga na wala pang pandemic, wala pang COVID, sobrang hirap na ako huminga. How much more ito?"

    Isabel Oli nearly needed a Cesarean surgery to deliver Baby Forest

    Her worries continued to pile up as she entered her 38th week of pregnancy. During one of her check-ups, the doctor saw that the baby was breeched, which meant the baby's head was not in the correct birthing position.

    "'Tapos may cord na nakapulupot dito sa neck and the placenta, nasa likod, naipit pa niya." This prompted Isabel's doctor to schedule an emergency C-section (CS) the following day.

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    The thought of having a C-section during the pandemic made Isabel anxious, as she felt it posed a unique set of challenges she would have to face on her own.

    "CS for me is really okay. Hindi talaga iyon negative for me. But sinabi kasi sa akin I had to quarantine myself and the baby for 14 days, so inisip ko, kung i-CS ako, paano ako makakakilos, di ba?" Isabel explained.

    The circumstances made her sad that she questioned why God would allow these things to happen. 'But sinabi ko, 'Bahala na. Kung saan safe si baby, doon nga talaga dapat tayo,'" the then preggo mama said.

    So, Isabel prepared herself for the emergency CS. She prayed and prayed. Just as the procedure was about to start, she asked her doctor to check the baby one more time."Baka naman may miracle," Isabel recalled saying, and it was meant as a quip to lighten the mood.

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    When the doctor checked, her baby was head-down and ready for birth. "That for me was a big, big miracle talaga," Isabel shared. Even her birth team was puzzled how the baby changed positions in a matter of hours.

    Isabel said, "God really moves in mysterious ways kasi hindi rin nila ma-explain kung paano siya nagpuwesto agad." Isabel was then sent home, and she continued to eagerly anticipate the arrival of her new baby.

    Isabel Oli had to give birth without John by her side

    When July 17 came, Isabel felt something different at 3 a.m. She called up John, but told him that she didn't feel any sort of pain yet. Afterward, her mother-in-law Alma Prats convinced Isabel to go to the hospital. When Isabel arrived, she was already 6 cm dilated.

    "Giving birth was another miracle," Isabel recalled. "I think it was really God. Nandoon lang siya with my angels," she added. 

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    "Sobrang bilis. I had like three hours lang yata na labor, 'tapos tama lang iyong sakit. Masakit din siya, but iyong pag-deliver ng baby sobrang—wala lang akong strength noon kasi pagod na ako. Wala pa akong tulog," she recounted.

    This may have been Isabel's third time to give birth, but there was one big difference: John wasn't in the delivery room with her. He watched the whole delivery via video call.

    "Well, kahit din naman nandito ako at wala ako sa taping, hindi talaga allowed kasi siyempre iyong safety din ng lahat," he added. Expectant fathers are no longer allowed inside the delivery room, as part of new hospital protocols during the pandemic.

    The experience also made John realize how difficult it was to be separated from family. He said, "Na-feel ko nga iyong parang pakiramdam ng OFW. Aaliwin mo na lang sarili mo. Try mo i-fight iyong sadness, iyong pagkamiss mo. At the same time, hindi pa rin nawawala iyong naiisip mo na merong COVID pa din."

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    John also couldn't believe that Isabel had to manage her pregnancy and delivery on her own. "Siya lang mag-isa. Well, totoo lang sinabi mo, di ba? Kapag wala kang choice, kailangan mo maging matapang."

    Watch Isabel's vlog below:

    This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.

    *Edits have been made by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.

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