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  • Rica Peralejo and her husband, Joseph Bonifacio, delivered the good news she's four-and-a-half months on the family way on her vlog two days ago and on her Instagram yesterday, January 22, 2019. 

    "Carla's pregnant. She's four and a half months pregnant. We found out middle of October siguro," Joseph gleefully revealed on Rica's Youtube vlog. "Regina Carla" is Rica's full name.

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    The news comes almost two years after her second miscarriage in April 2017.

    The couple, who are parents to 5-year-old son Philip, has made no secret of their past struggles to get pregnant. Rica first suffered a miscarriage in 2016 and then revealed in a vlog in July last year that she underwent a workup for reproductive health issues. Last August, she shared that they have been given medical clearance to get pregnant again. 

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    "The sweetest [thing] we have heard," Rica said in the video. "We can already start trying for another baby, but I am going to be on a lot of meds." 

    In her vlog posted two days ago, she recalled how she felt something different about her body in August 2018. "Parang may activity sa womb ko. What if pregnant ako?" said the 37-year-old mom of one. 

    Rica's gut feeling she might be pregnant got stronger when a stranger approached her and her husband at a coffee shop one day. She told them that God told her whatever it was that Rica believed about having a baby, it's coming soon. The person turned out to be someone from the same church Rica and Joseph attend but whom they have never met before.

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    To Rica, it felt like an affirmation of her thoughts, but she was weeks away from her period, so there was no way to confirm it right away. 

    When Rica missed her period in October, she excitedly took a pregnancy test. A video taken on October 17th showed the pregnancy kit only had one clear line, but there was also a faint second line, which often indicates pregnancy.

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    Upon confirming the pregnancy, one of Rica's primary concerns was making sure the baby was safe in her womb after suffering two miscarriages — the first at 12 weeks and the second at 6 or 7 weeks. 

    Rica also wanted a doctor who was experienced at handling high-risk cases but would allow her to go through natural birth. She found that in Dr. Karen Toredes of St. Luke's Medical Center-Global. She also briefly mentioned in her vlog the CORE clinic for playing an important role in her pregnancy.

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    "I have certain issues with my hormones that are interfering with conception, fertility, the ability to keep a baby, general health. It was when we addressed the right things and I was given some supplements that I actually got pregnant," she explained.

    Rica revealed the source of her difficulty to carry a pregnancy to term was the autoimmune condition, Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APAS). While she clarified that she didn't fall into any of the five categories, "my borderline markers are very near." She even showed screenshots of a SmartParenting.com.ph article in her vlog to explain APAS (click here to read it).

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    The mom of one shared she felt lethargic and could barely stand for the most part of her pregnancy's first trimester. She was on a lot of medication: seven oral pills in the morning, five at lunch, and three in the evening, plus intravaginal medication and Innohep injections as blood thinner.

    The most frightening part of Rica's latest pregnancy journey so far was when she had to be rushed to the emergency room at midnight on her sixth week of pregnancy after an episode of bleeding. "I bled fresh blood, and I really, really thought that I was losing [the baby] na naman. I was [telling myself], 'Get your heart prepared' because it's [miscarriage] going to happen again." 

    Joseph interjected, "We went to the hospital expecting the worst."

    It gave them such a scare that when they saw the ultrasound and heard the baby's heartbeat, the couple couldn't help but cry tears of joy! 

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    Now on her 18th week of pregnancy, Rica says her experiences have taught her a valuable lesson: "You really are on shifting sand at dun ko na nga lang na-feel na at this point, I have to stop guessing the end, and just stick with the present that God is with me."

    Asking for continued prayers for her and her baby, Rica says they are on "a day-to-day struggle, a day-to-day fight between choosing faith or fear," but they remain hopeful. 

    "We only live by faith. The only assurance we have for health, for prosperity, for a good future, for hope, is that God is a good God and He will take care of us," says Joseph.

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