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Elisse Joson On Pregnancy: Being Away From McCoy De Leon Was Harder Than Giving Birth
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  • It was October 31, 2021, when former Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) housemates Elisse Joson and McCoy de Leon came out that they have a daughter.

    The McLisse love team started during the reality show's season 7 in 2016 and moved on to do multiple projects together. They had their fair share of rumored breakups until they finally announced that they have a daughter together named Felize McKenzie, who recently turned one.

    No one knew about their pregnancy, except for a very few family members.

    In Elisse's recent vlog, she detailed her motherhood journey to her friend and fellow PBB housemate, DJ Chacha.

    Elisse recalled, that overall, she had a smooth pregnancy and delivery. But for her, the hardest part was not being able to be with her partner throughout her pregnancy because of pandemic restrictions.

    She was 25 at the time she got pregnant, and said that she wasn't surprised when she found out about it.

    "Nung chineck ko siya, yung reaction ko hindi gulat, masaya na parang takot, "Ay parang, sabi ko na nga ba. Nalaman ko kasi nung 3 months na ako," she said, noting that she has an irregular menstruation.

    She revealed the news to McCoy through a videocall. "Sabi ko sa kanya, "Mahal ko," ngumingiti na ko, alam na niya. Di ko na nasabi, nagets na niya, sabi niya, "Totoo?"

    Keeping the baby

    Although their baby came out as a surprise to the couple, Elisse said that it never crossed their minds to give the baby up. She adds, that she kept their pregnancy and that McCoy's side of the family only learned about it a month before she gave birth.

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    "Sabi ni McCoy, "i-prioritize mo muna yung sayo yung kailangan nating gawin," Yung family niya ma-a-accept yun, kailangan lang niya kausapin. Ayaw niya idagdag sa iisipin ko yung pano namin sasabihin sa side niya."

    READ ALSO: Elisse Tells McCoy, 'During My Pregnancy, Alam Kong Naging Mahirap. For Me, For You'

    "May takot din na pag nagkaanak baka wala nang balikan, normal siguro na yun ang unang maisip," Elisse shares. She then revealed to DJ Chacha what really made her decide to keep her baby. "Hindi alam ng lahat na parang naghahanap ako ng purpose in life, and feeling ko baka sa pagiging nanay, dun ko makita yun."

    She adds, "Kasi sa pagaartista, iba pa rin, na-e-enjoy ko magpasaya ng tao, pero di ako dun nakakakuha ng purpose in life. So sabi ko baka sa motherhood. Ever since pangarap ko din maging mommy."

    The hardest part

    She also shared that one of her unusual pregnancy cravings was McCoy, that's why their baby ended up looking so much like her father. "May times na hindi niya nagegets noon na being pregnant iba yung takbo ng utak. Akala niya normal ko lang yun na nagiinarte ako, clingy ako. Nanggigil ako sa kanya, gusto ko ng attention niya."

    Elisse, who is an American citizen, went to the United States to deliver her baby and flew back home when Felize was 3 months old. She said, no one found out about their pregnancy. "Alone dito siya [McCoy] lang nakakaalam. Yun ang pinakamahirap - yung wala yung partner. Laking sacrifice noon for the woman and the man."

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    She then went on to share her birthing experience. She said, she labored for a day. "Nung in-induce na ko, para kang nag-mens times 10, dysmennorhea na sobrang sakit." She gave birth via normal delivery, and McCoy only witnessed the moment via videocall.

    She said she's grateful for her mom who was with her the entire time. "Si mommy in the beginning, para kaming aso't pusa talaga, nung kinausap ko siya na wala munang anger o stress para sa baby, siya yung nag-adjust. Sobrang thankful ko na siya kasama ko the whole time sabi ng mga doktor, sa labor maganda kasama nanay mo, lalo na pag first time, kasi pag partners, nagffreak out. Pag nanay, kalmado lang."

    Becoming a mom

    When she finally saw Felize, Elisse said, "Hindi mo maexplain yung pakiramdam na nandun ka na, kasi the whole pregnancy, smooth lang hindi nagsink in, nagsink in lang nung andito na siya."

    When asked what were the major changes that she embraced because of motherhood, Elisse said, "Yung staying together as a family is hard work. We love each other, pero yung staying together na decision to keep the family together is hardwork, not just for the anak but for all of us."

    She also left a message for future moms. "First of all, out of wedlock is not my ideal path. Mas maganda talaga na prepared ka na you both are financially stable, mentally emotionally stable bago manganak."

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    "Pero dapat brave enough kayo to accept na pag may nabuo ready kayo na tanggapin at ituloy yun. Once you decide that you're gonna take the responsibility for it, along the way, hindi kayo papabayaan ng Diyos."

    The couple recently said, that they are not rushing to get married. 

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