Amanda Griffin was a model-VJ and one of Manila’s finest “IT” girls before she decided to become Mrs. Jacob.
At the awarding of BC Magazine’s most beautiful moms last June 24, at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had the chance to have a quick chat with Amanda, who's six-months pregnant with her second child.
She came as a proxy for her husband David Jacob, who was chosen as one of the “Hautest Dads” this year but was in Hong Kong at the time of awarding.
After giving birth to her first child, Kieran, who is now two years old, another boy is underway.
Does she wish to have a daughter in the future?
“I do, yeah. Hopefully, the next one would be a girl,” she replied.
How many kids would she like to have?
“I want four, but my husband only wants three. So, we’ll see what the third one is. Maybe if it’s another boy I might get my wish and have four. We’ll see,” she smiled.
FROM “IT” GIRL TO MOM. The transition from the easy-going life of an “It Girl” to motherhood with its responsibilities was an easy ride.
Amanda said, “Well, everything changes when you become a mom. But also, I think it was me getting older and maturing and my priorities obviously have shifted.
“Then, I’m just so passionate about motherhood. It was a very easy transition. I didn’t even realize it was happening."
When asked how she is as a mom, she replied, "hands-on."
She added, “I didn’t have a yaya for the first couple of months, so that’s how much I enjoy motherhood...
“And my life is so different now… I don’t go out at night much 'cause I wanna be with my son."
From her experience, how does motherhood change a person?
“Oh, it completely shifts your perspective. I think, you grow up a lot, obviously because you’re fully responsible for another person’s well-being and how they sort of, develop.
“It’s an awesome responsibility that we shouldn’t take lightly. So it really matures you and makes you more selfless and more giving.
“It just changes you for the better, I think,” she declared.
TAKING CARE OF PREGNANCY. Amanda shared that she's not too conscious about her diet during pregnancy as eating helps her get through morning sickness.
“No. Not as conscious as I should be conscious. But when I’m pregnant and I feel sick, when I have morning sickness, eating makes me feel less nauseous.
“I gained a lot of weight with my first pregnancy and I’m hoping that I don’t gain as much this time. I’m trying. I’m exercising more with this pregnancy,” she said.
Does she take in anything to make sure the baby is healthy at birth?
“For sure. I take spirulina, which is like a superfood, which is very good for babies.
“I take additional supplements… DHA because I’m a vegetarian so I want to make sure that my baby’s getting the proper DHA requirements to have a healthy brain.”
She also breastfed her son, “For lactation, I was taking malunggay pills and powder, which helps. I love malunggay… it’s a great all-natural remedy.”
How did she get back in shape after her first pregnancy?
“I did a lot of hot yoga. I did running, I joined a 10K race. And my diet, I cut out all processed foods. I gained 55 pounds, so I had a lot of weight to lose.”
TIPS FOR NEW MOMS. Amanda maintains a blog called Glam-O-Mama, where she writes about her journey through motherhood with other glamorous moms.
Subtitled "Stiletto and Stroller Affairs," they provide tips for those who have to juggle various roles in life while performing their duties as mothers.
We asked Amanda to give some tips for new moms out there.
“I would say, just don’t get overwhelmed. Motherhood is such an exciting time. It’s a little scary if you’re a first time mom.
“You know, you can listen to people but listen to your instincts more because I think that women’s intuition is very developed and everyone will have an opinion.
“So, you know, just choose what you want to take and the rest will come naturally,” she said.
Handling motherhood with such grace, a lot of moms might want to know exactly how she does it. Her upcoming show, Amanda: Loving Life will reveal just that.
“It’s a show for women…men if they wanna watch too, but directed more at mothers. And it’s sort of like you’re coming along on my journey.
“I’m not the expert, but I’m experiencing these things and we’re exploring together to see how best to go about motherhood and what we can do with our kids and all these fun stuffs.
“So I’m really excited about that.”
Her new show which addresses young urban moms premieres on July 8 at 7:30 p.m. on the Lifestyle Network.