Toni Gonzaga reveals weight gain and physical changes caused her postpartum depression

by Anj Sampayan
Feb 6, 2017
Toni Gonzaga still spends "late nights" with her baby boy Severiano Elliott.

It was on January 26, 2016, when Toni Gonzaga first learned about her pregnancy.

A year later, the TV host/actress posted a photo of her baby boy Severiano Elliott asleep.

Her caption: "I used to just dream about you...Now you're dreaming right next to me..."

Toni gave birth to Baby Seve, her son with director-producer Paul Soriano, last September 30, 2016.

Having him in her life, says the Kapamilya star, was "the best thing that has ever happened" to her.


Browsing through her Instagram feed, it would seem that motherhood has been a walk in the park for Toni.

But in a TV guesting on the ABS-CBN weekly morning show Magandang Buhay, last February 1, 2017, Toni revealed that she went through postpartum depression.

According to the Pinoy Big Brother host, this was caused by the changes in her physical appearance—more particularly, weight gain.

Toni and her sister Alex, who is also in showbiz, both make light of Toni's "ka-OA-an."

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The younger Gonzaga girl says the older Gonzaga girl once told her, "Katherine, tignan mo yung katawan mo sa salamin."

Toni then said to Alex, "Tanggalin mo iyang blouse mo, tanggalin mo iyang pantalon mo."

Comparing their bodies, Toni went on to say, "Tignan mo yung katawan mo, pang-dalaga. Iyong akin, wala na, pang-nanay na."

To this, Alex said, "Ang OA talaga. Sabi ko, 'Talaga namang nanay ka na.' Ang OA niya."

Toni agreed, "Siya naging cause ng postpartum ko."

After four months, the 33-year-old celebrity mom is proud to say that she was back to her pre-pregnancy figure, and had lost the 36 pounds she gained.

Toni smiled, "So, ngayon, 100 pounds na lang ulit."

Aside from her weight, Alex would sometimes tease Toni about the dark circles in the latter's eyes.

Toni recounted, "Alam mo, kapag dumadating siya sa bahay, sasabihin niya sa akin nung first month kong manganak, 'Huy, nag-taping ka ba? Di ba wala ka namang trabaho? Bakit, bakit may eye shadow ka sa ilalim ng mata mo?'

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"Siyempre, wala akong tulog. Ginaganyan niya ako."

Alex added, "'Tsaka kapag nag-i-sleeveless siya noong time na yun, sasabihin ko, 'Uy, confident. Bakit naka-contour ang kili-kili mo?'"

Mommy Pinty's role was to lift her elder daughter's spirits.

One time, they talked about the not-so-flattering changes on the color of her skin.

The box-office star related, "But sorry, ngayon, nakakatuwa, kasi sasabihin ko, 'Mommy, bakit dumilim, bakit dumilim,' gano'n.

"Normal iyon di ba sa mga nanay, dumidilim lalo na kapag lalaki?'

"'Alam mo,' sabi ng mommy ko, 'wag ka mag-alala.'

"Siya iyong nagpapalakas ng loob ko.

"Akala mo talaga life-and-death yung sitwasyon."

Her mommy would often tell her, "Wag ka mag-alala, tandaan mo, lilipas ang panahon.

"Kapag hinilod mo na iyan, magiging libag iyan.

"Hilurin mo iyan, Tin.

"'Tapos makikita mo, nagiging dead skin na siya."

Toni agreed, "True naman. Nawala siya, 'tsaka iyong dito, yung linea nigra, ginagano'n ko, nawawala yung dead skin."

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Linea Nigra is a brownish streak that runs vertically on the abdomen during pregnancy.

(Note: Postpartum Depression, according to, is "an emotional state of tearfulness, unhappiness, worry, self-doubt, and fatigue." It begins a few days after delivery and goes away on its own within a week or two. It results from a combination of hormonal, environmental, emotional, and genetic factors that are beyond a new mom's control. It must not be taken lightly.)

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