Bianca Lapus recounts ordeal with preeclampsia: "Kalahati ng paa mo, nasa hukay..."

by Julie E. Bonifacio
Jan 28, 2020
Bianca Lapus becomes emotional as she recounts her ordeal with preeclampsia when she got pregnant with her youngest son Ethan Lawrence.
PHOTO/S: Julie Bonifacio

Bianca Lapus could not help but feel emotional during the first birthday celebration of her youngest child, Ethan Lawrence, who was born prematurely at eight months.

“Pang-fourth ko na si Ethan. Yes, premature siya."

Add to this, she was diagnosed with preeclampsia so her pregnancy had not been easy.

She revealed, "...ang buhay namin ay muntik-muntikan na.

“Kaya talagang matindi ang pinagdaanan namin nung buntis ako, bago ko siya ipanganak hanggang sa naipanganak ko siya.

“I had preeclampsia."

WHAT IS PREECLAMPSIA?

This condition, according to Medical News Today, causes "a sudden rise in blood pressure and swelling, mostly in the face, hands, and feet."

Usually, it develops during the third trimester, and affects about 1 in 20 pregnancies.

In Bianca's case, its first manifestation was, “Hindi bumababa ang BP [blood pressure] ko."

During the latter part of her pregnancy, she experienced having blurry vision.

“I was kind of blind for few days," she said.

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WHAT are the SYMPTOMS of PREECLAMPSIA?

Obstetrician-gynecologists warned about "weight gain for a few days due to large increase in bodily fluid."

Other signs included:

  • Belly pain, especially in the upper right side
  • Severe headaches
  • Change in reflexes
  • Peeing less or not at all
  • Dizziness
  • Severe vomiting and nausea
  • Vision changes like flashing lights, floaters, or blurry vision

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF PREECLAMPSIA?

Most health websites attribute it to placenta, the organ that nourishes the fetus throughout pregnancy.

MayoClinic.org further explained, "Early in pregnancy, new blood vessels develop and evolve to efficiently send blood to the placenta. In women with preeclampsia, these blood vessels don't seem to develop or function properly."

Numerous cases cited the following as reasons:

  • Too much protein in your urine.
  • Not enough platelets in your blood.
  • High levels of kidney-related chemicals in your blood.
  • High levels of liver-related chemicals in your blood.
  • Fluid in your lungs.

WHAT ARE THE COMPLICATIONS OF PREECLAMPSIA?

The former actress described her ordeal as "ang tindi."

She elaborated, "Ang dami kong pinagdaanan. Ang sakit ng mga in-inject sa akin, yung ganyan.

“Bed rest lang talaga ako nung pinagbubuntis ko siya."

But the major complication was having preterm birth.

Bianca said, "...saktong eight months nung pinanganak ko siya. So, nag-incubator siya. Nag-stay muna siya sa nursery.

"'Tapos ang liit-liit niya! Nandiyan nga yung damit niya para as memory.

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“Ipinakita ko sa mga bisita. Para siyang ano, doll clothes, kasi nga, sobrang liit...

“Makikita mo yung baby mo na ang liit. Yung hirap siyang huminga. May tube sa bibig, sa lalamunan.

"So, iba. Iba yung naging, a, proseso ko ng injury ko sa kanya. Kasi, mula pagbubuntis hanggang manganak ako, talagang matindi.

"I even had to rent, nung lumabas na ako ng ospital, naiwan siya. We had to rent a condo near the hospital so everyday, I can visit him, breastfeed him.

"Yung skin-to-skin? Ganoon katindi.”

BIANCA'S BIRTHING STORY

Thanks to her OB-Gyn, Dr. Raul Quillamor, who is also a co-host in Pinoy M.D., she and her son were able to overcome the "delikado" stage.

“Yes... So, thankful naman ako... Ano siya, ang forte niya talaga is ano, high-risk pregnancy, so talagang nagtiwala naman ako kahit na dumating ako sa punto na wala na akong nakikita, oo... 'tapos iba na. Iba na ang pakiramdam ko."

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Before giving birth, she was told about the possible complications, so part of her preparations was, "Nagsusulat na ako ng mga habilin."

The celebrity mom explained, "Kasi sinabi talaga sa akin na, ‘You can have cardiac arrest. Puwede kang ma-comatose.’

“Uh, basta maraming puwedeng mangayari na talagang, talagang literal na ang kalahati ng paa mo, nasa hukay na talaga.

"So doon na ako sa point na susulat na ako ng mga habilin ko sa mga anak ko, sa lahat. Nagre-record ako. Matapang talaga ako... Hindi siya biro."

On the day she gave birth, she was supposed to have a check-up.

"Biglang hindi na ako pinauwi," she recalled.

"Nag-emergency CS ako nung habang nasa ospital ako. Pinapatagal muna. Tina-try nila. Pero hindi na talaga bumababa ang BP ko. Umabot na sa 200, 500.

"So nagdecide na mag-emergency CS na ako. Ayun, pagkapanganak ko, hindi pa ako ready. Wala pa siyang damit."

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It was not the first time she gave birth via Caesarean section. Out of four children, only her eldest Isaiah (her son by Vhong Navarro) was born via normal delivery.

"Actually, na-CS ako. Yung panganay namin ni Vhong, normal, 'tapos yung second and third ko, CS, kasi malalaking bata, e. Ten, nine point eight [pounds], ganyan.

“Eto talaga, ayun, maliit siya pero na-CS ako, dahil kailangan, e.

“Kaya nga, kung tutuusin puwedeng hindi nabuhay, e.

“Actually, in-injectan ako dalawang beses ng steroids daw para sa lungs niya. So, ganoon katindi. Ang dami naming pinagdaanan."

BIANCA'S BREASTFEEDING PROBLEM

One of the reasons for her postpartum blues was not being able to breastfeed.

"Hindi siya makapag-breastfeed nang maayos kasi hirap siya, e. 'Tapos, kung saan-saan ako nakarating para kumuha ng breastfeed donation. Sa Cavite, Pampanga, Bulacan, kung saan-saan talaga para lang makahanap ng milk."

Good thing her call for help on social media generated a lot of positive responses. She also remembered the time she donated her excess milk.

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The breastfeeding advocate related, "Thankful ako na isang post ko lang, ganyan, ang daming mga nag-offer. Parang feeling ko, parang totoo yung you reap what you sow.

“Kasi nung pangatlo ko, nagdo-donate ako ng breast milk. Kasi, breastfeeding advocate ako so before, nagdo-donate ako, ganyan. Pumupunta ako sa mga tao, tumutulong ako, nagto-talk ako about breastfeeding.

“So nung ako na ang nangailangan, nakaka-touch kasi overpouring din yung mga tumulong. So parang, totoo talaga yung ano, yung good karma. You reap what you sow talaga.”

Bianca's baby boy Ethan turned one on January 20, 2019. He is her third child with partner Jimmy Velasquez.

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Bianca Lapus becomes emotional as she recounts her ordeal with preeclampsia when she got pregnant with her youngest son Ethan Lawrence.
PHOTO/S: Julie Bonifacio
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