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Pregnant After 12 Years, Bettinna Carlos Gets Real And Reveals, 'Natatakot Akong Tumaba'
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  • Bettinna Carlos is pregnant again after 12 years and a miscarriage, and said she is enjoying this season with the support of her family and with a stronger faith.

    In her latest vlog, she shared that she is currently in her second trimester. She said she had to brush off some comments made by other people on her pregnancy.  "Some say, I'm older. Some say the second pregnancy is harder. Some say that my body is second-hand, although I feel like I am naturally healthy naman."

    The 34-year-old actress and host said she won't compare her pregnancy now with Ading, a name they call her baby, from her firstborn Amanda Lucia or Gummy. She believes it will be an easier one though because she has the support of her husband Mikki Eduardo and her family. 

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    "Sobrang game nila ibigay yung pinaglilihian ako. Nakakatuwa na they are so game na alagaan ako in the way that I want to be taken cared of. Nakakaaliw na ganito pala yung feeling ng buntis," she said.

    'Every pregnancy is different'

    She recalled keeping her first pregnancy a secret from her parents and feeling anxious and afraid because she has no one to anchor on as a first-time mom. 

    "Pinaka-excited ako sa pagbubuntis na ito kasi meron na akong Lord, meron na akong Hesus, kasi nung time na I was pregnant with Gummy, hindi ko naman kilala si Lord, wala akong relationship with him so wala akong way to manage my anxiety, kung ano ung mga worries at that time."

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    She admits, she had a different perspective then, and only a handful of people knew about her pregnancy. "I was working, I was managing it by being distracted with work, wala ako masyadong leisure nun, yung lalabas, lalakad, kasi kinukubli ko nga, nakatalukbong talaga ko."

    Now, Bettinna said that having a strong relationship with God gives her the confidence to be a new mom again. "I struggled with many feelings at that time, many anxieties, many fears at that time and I didn't know how to handle it, except to hide or to be distracted. But now with the Lord, I know I can manage it with Him."

    Her greatest fear as a pregnant woman

    Bettinna then shared one thing that she fears in her journey. "Kung may isang bagay na takot na takot ako, natatakot akong tumaba."

    Growing up, Bettinna said she was very athletic and was raised by her grandmother who loves making healthy and home-cooked meals. 

    Now that she's proudly pregnant, she's afraid that she won't be able to control herself from eating too much, and have a hard time losing her pregnancy weight. She said, she doesn't believe that she should eat for two.

    She explained, "Yung mindfulness na, "Is this good for my baby even if I eat a lot?" Kung nutrient-dense siya, walang problema, wala akong guilt dapat. And if I would eat a little of not the best stuff for me and my baby, okay lang kasi konti-konti lang siya, so moderation talaga is key."

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    She revealed that during her first trimester, she would eat every two hours. "Tapos yung gutom ko 'pag di ako nakakain, para akong mamamatay!"

    How much weight should a pregnant woman gain

    She's been consciously watching her weight gain. "Wala pang baby na substantial ang size, matris ko palang nagpapakita na sya sa bumpfie."

    In her first trimester, she gained 10 lbs, and another 10 lbs. before she entered her second trimester. Now that she's in the second trimester, she said she feels more stable and less hungry and nauseous, so she hopes her weight gain will slow down. Her goal is to keep her weight within the ideal range for her body type, which is around 25 to 35 lbs.

    She explained though, that her being mindful about weight gain is not only for vanity, but for her baby's safety.

    "So parang kinailangan kong i-process yung magpipigil ba akong kumain just because natatakot akong tumaba, hindi. Kailangan kong piliin ng maigi ano yung kakainin ko. So even my cravings, pag nag-crave ako ng hindi kabutihan sa katawan ko, I'll make sure one to two subo lang, 'yung mabigay ko lang sa bibig ko ung hinahanap niya pero hindi ko uubusin."

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the amount of weight a pregnant woman gains in her pregnancy is important for the health of the mother and the baby. Find out how to compute your optimal weight gain here.

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    "Gaining less than the recommended amount of weight in pregnancy is associated with delivering a baby who is too small. Gaining more than the recommended amount of weight in pregnancy is associated with having a baby who is born too large, which can lead to delivery complications, cesarean delivery, and obesity during childhood," the CDC said.

    Eating healthy and enough

    On Instagram, Bettinna shared a photo of a healthy bowl that she ate during her trip to Bali. "For the first time in sooooo long, yesterday morning, I felt like eating healthy again. I felt like choosing healthy. I craved for healthy. For the past 5 months since we lost Juammy and then got pregnant with Ading, I lost my natural appetite to choose to eat and live healthy, I lost the motivation not just to workout but to even move."

    She added, "In order for me to move or eat well or even drink a lot of water I have to tell myself “THIS IS GOOD FOR ADING.” or “FOR ADING.” Effort talaga what used to be so normal and natural for me."

    Since it will be the first time that her husband will be having a child, Bettinna said she is also excited for him. "Nakakatuwa observing he's also learning how to be a dad, how to be a supportive husband. This is a journey hindi lang para sa akin, pero para sa kanya rin." 

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