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  • Sam Pinto: ‘Everything About Giving Birth Is So Intense, But My Body Is Made For This’

    The actress-entrepreneur gave birth to a baby girl on September 1, 2021.
    by Jocelyn Valle .
Sam Pinto: ‘Everything About Giving Birth Is So Intense, But My Body Is Made For This’
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  • To achieve her goal of giving birth via normal vaginal delivery, Sam Pinto had to overcome two pregnancy complications: preeclampsia and low-lying placenta, plus her baby's small size.

    The actress, entrepreneur, and new mom looked back on her pregnancy in sharing her birthing story on Instagram. She said in the caption, "We wanted to go for a normal delivery as much as possible — which I did."

    She gave birth to her and her husband Anthony Semerad's first child on September 1, 2021. The couple named their daugther Mia Aya (read here).

    Sam went on with her story, "But there were some issues that can make me have a C-section like I was pre eclampsia — for some reason I developed hypertension during my pregnancy even if I think that’s the healthiest I’ve ever been. Maybe 'cause my mom also was pre eclampsia."

    She added, "Secondly, Mia was small. When I was 36 weeks pregnant, her size was 32 weeks. Had to drink this special vitamins and in 2 weeks, her size was perfect.

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    "Lastly, my placenta was low for the longest time. It’s suppose to go up early on the pregnancy. But mine took its time. Finally on my 36th week, it went up. Oh if it doesn’t go up, I would have to do a c-section cause it’s blocking the birth canal."

    (Read here for Sam's interview with SmartParenting.com.ph on her pregnancy journey.)

    The new mom then recalled the day she gave birth: "I was 40 weeks and 3 days pregnant when we decided to check in the hospital. First thing needed to be able to be admitted is a negative RT-PCR test that’s valid for 7 days."

    Sam's referring to the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19, which is now part of the health protocols in hospitals. She got herself tested through a home service three days before she gave birth.

    She went on with her birthing story: "Anthony helped me check in and then went home. I didn’t really want him to stay in the hospital and wait in the fathers area so he won’t be too exposed.

    "I was nervous and felt like floating and the anticipation was just overwhelming. Since it’s my first baby, I didn’t know what to expect. But I was already feeling some weird throbbing and didn’t know that was already contractions and was in the first stage of labor.

    "I was alone the whole time — honestly I didn’t mind.. at least no pressure. Had my phone with with me to keep me entertained. Plus I was on epidural so I kept dozing off."

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    After 16 hours of labor, Sam said her baby was "ready to come out." Fortunately, her husband was able to enter the delivery room and stay by her side. She said Anthony also took the RT-PCR test that’s valid for three days.

    Then it was time for Sam and Anthony to meet Mia this way: "After 3 pushes, she was out! Anthony cut her umbilical cord. Stayed in the hospital for technically 3 days. 1 day for labor and 2 days recovery room."

    In reflection, Sam said, "Everything about giving birth is so intense. But my body is made for this." She also got a lot of help, so she thanked her doctors and nurses. She ended her post with an homage: "Salute to all the mommas."

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