Camille Prats says pregnancy does not require women to look perfect

IMAGE Cocoon Studio via @camilleprats on Instagram

Camille Prats turns her maternity shoot into reward kind-of-day, and gives in to her pregnancy cravings.


Camille Prats, who is 34 weeks into her third pregnancy, is counting the days until she and husband VJ Yambao meet their baby boy.

The celebrity mom has been enjoying the waiting period before giving birth.

She has more free time now after taping  the last episode of GMA News TV's Mars, which aired on May 31.

Camille co-hosted Mars with Suzi Entrata-Abrera for seven years.

Recently, she had her maternity shoot, and chose a theme that captured the realities of a pregnant mom's life.

The soon-to-be mother of three described it as "a whole lot of mess and a whole lot of love."

Using the hashtag #PregnancyIsABumpyRide, one layout showed Camille giving herself a snack banquet.

She was clad in a T-shirt and a pair of pajamas. Also in photo was her husband VJ Yambao.

Here, Camille is seen munching on chips, ice cream, and all kinds of no-no treats for pregnant women.

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Photos were captured by Cocoon Studio.

CAMILLE'S PREGNANCY JOURNEY

In her latest blog post, Camille related how each trimester was a different experience from the other, none of which was easy-peasy.

The Kapuso mom began, "Pregnancy is indeed a wonderful journey, the miracle of growing a human being inside of you is undoubtedly one of God's amazing gifts to women, but let's face it, IT IS NOT EASY AND NOT AT ALL GLAMOROUS.

"The first trimester is the moooooost challenging of all. Morning sickness, for some, all day sickness, nausea, sleepiness, sore breasts, enhanced smell of everything especially garlic, perfume etc.

"This is the time when the things you used to do are slowly being taken away from you. You can no longer cook, eat, focus, work and do anything else.

"You just want to [lie] down all day in between trips to the bathroom to puke even when there's no food left to let out."

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During the first three months of her pregnancy, Camille was diagnosed with "hyperemesis gravidarum," a condition characterized by the American Pregnancy Association as "severe nausea, vomitting, weight loss, and electrolyte disturbance."

Camille said she was "hospitalized a few times for dehydration. It was not pretty at all."

Camille described her second trimester as "the honeymoon stage of pregnancy..."

The 33-year-old star continued, "I was sleeping fine, eating more than fine (uh oh!) and was really doing great.

"Going to work and doing what I had to do was a breeze, no problems at all except for developing aches and pains on my lower back due to my growing belly.

"But all in all I was feeling great. This was also the part when I really enjoyed eating.

"I felt like I was stripped off my rights to eat during the first trimester so I think I had too much fun devouring and giving in to my cravings this time around."

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Now in her third trimester, Camille said her "lower back pain has been a constant companion."

She has been struggling to "get out of bed and would often need a little push or pull from VJ to help me stand."

Even her pair of flats gave her discomfort so she switched to a pair of slip-on rubber shoes.

"I have become someone I am not while my belly grows, all in just 9 months. Lets not even talk about weight gain coz that still shocks the hell out of me but it is what it is!

"Soon we'll have a pre teen, a toddler and an infant, VJ and I are bracing ourselves for the changes that are about to happen as our family grows."

CAMILLE NOT WORRIED ABOUT HER LOOKS

Camille has also learned to embrace and love her "ever changing body," and "to be selfless and think about my baby rather than how I look."

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Based on her post, looking good is not Camille's priority at the moment. She just wants "to accept what happens and be joyful about it."

She said although it "feels like forever," given the discomforts and hormonal changes, "9 months is quite short to actually grow, mold and form a human being."

She stressed the process of carrying "the miracle of life" has taught her "to love my flaws—growing, darkening areas of your body, stretch marks, break outs and everything else." 

The Kapuso talent then advised pregnant moms not to fret over their looks and left some words of encouragement.

"It is not a requirement to look perfect during this time of our lives and IT'S OKAY.

"It's beyond our control anyway. Let's not be too hard on ourselves.

"We all go through pregnancy differently, let's not compare ourselves with what we see on the internet.

"No more layering of filters and photoshops for that IG worthy post, just do you and love every inch of it. You are a mom and you are beautiful.

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"Don't get me wrong, do things that makes you feel great about yourself, dab on some cheek and lip tint, workout to feel good and strong.

"Do what you gotta do not for others but for yourself.

"When the baby comes, we'll have our turn to go back to the best versions of ourselves anyway. All in due time.

"So for now, chill, take care of yourself and enjoy the pregnant verison  of you coz it won't last forever.

"Hugs and kisses from one preggo momma to anotha!"

Camille and hubby VJ announced that they were expecting another child on December 25, 2018.

The celebrity mom secretly prayed for boy because she wanted her daughter Nala to be "the only princess in the family."

In January 2019, the couple joyfully revealed: It's a boy! The "little prince" is due in July.

Camille and VJ are parents to three kids: Nala (2nd from left), Camile and VJ's first child togehter; Nathan (seated), Camille's son with the late Anthony Linsangan; and Ice (standing), VJ's son with his ex-girlfriend. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Francesca is a lifestyle writer for PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal). Follow her on Twitter: @chezwrites


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