Jolina Magdangal goes through motherhood with a battlecry: “Ang mga mommy ay superhero!”

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Jolina Magdangal makes full use of her maternal instincts in feeling her way through motherhood.


It’s easy to be overwhelmed when you have just entered motherhood and Jolina Magdangal is not an exemption.

“Pag napapatingin ako sa kanya [son Pele,] may fear ako na baka hindi ko magampanan yung gusto kong na maging perfect mommy.

"Wala namang perfect, pero sana wag akong sobrang magkamali!”

The new mom relates how she feels her way through motherhood, “Sa baby talaga, instinct din ang dapat pairalin.

"Hindi ko sinasabing huwag ka nang magbasa, pero iba pa rin pag nandiyan na.

“Minsan, wala sa libro pero nagawa mo.

"Or minsan, nagawa mo yung asa libro, pero hindi effective.”

Jolina's musing is further explained by Janice Villanueva, a “mompreneur” who keeps herself busy empowering mothers through her website Mommy Mundo.

Janice says, “Kasi sometimes, we doubt ourselves. New moms are given too much information.

"But in the end, we rely on our intuition, a mother's intuition.

"You have to trust that you’re the only one who really knows your child.”



BREASTFEEDING. According to the August issue of Smart Parenting, Jolina delivered son Pele through C-section, which made it harder for her to breastfeed as the traditional cradle hold may be too difficult on her tummy.

“Masakit, pero tiniyaga ko talaga dahil goal ko ang mag-breastfeed.

"Ngayon, takot na takot akong mawalan ng gatas kaya nag-aral akong mag-bake ng lactation cookies,” Jolina says.

To make the cookies more nutritious, Chef Rosebud Benitez, suggests adding nutritious ingredients to it. The chef is famous for her malunggay pesto recipe!

NANNIE CARE. Celebrities like Jolina Magdangal and Cheska Garcia-Kramer both trust their yayas and mga kasambahay, but they make sure that they are still “on top of things.”

“Trusted ko na si yaya tere pero marami pa rin akong bilin sa kanya,” Jolina shares.

For example, “Pag karga si Pele, wag masyadong iyuyugyog. Pag inihiga sa stroller, dapat wag padapa.

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"Lagi dapat may lampin sa balikat, nakaipit ang buhok, malinis ang damit, at gumagamit ng alcohol.

“Kapag nagpapadede ng bote kay Pele, dapat hindi less than 15 minutes.

"Kung hindi lalakas ang kain niya at mahihirapan ako pag lumipat siya sa akin.”

Still and all, Jolina delares, “Kung iisipin ko palagi na mahirap maging nanay, baka hindi na ako [makabangon] sa pagkalungkot.

"Mahirap siya, but at the end of the day, masaya ako.”

Read more of Jolina’s insights on motherhood in the August issue of Smart Parenting!


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