With her second pregnancy, TV host Bianca Gonzalez feels lucky that she and her cager husband JC Intal didn't have to wait too long for them to finally give their two-year old daughter Lucia a younger sister.
Despite the many challenges she hurdled as a first-time mom, Bianca gladly welcomes their new “blessing.”
And with her wealth of experiences and first-hand lessons as a mom, she feels confident that giving birth again will be easy breezy.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) catches up with Bianca on May 31, at the 8th floor of ABS-CBN's ELJ Building in Quezon City.
Bianca reveals, “Actually, I just feel sobrang suwerte namin ng husband ko...
“Kasi for the longest time, di talaga ako ready to have a second because hirap na hirap ako.
“Lagi ko itong sinasabi pag interview, feeling ko di ako natural mother.
“As in pag nagpapalaki ng bata, nag-aalaga, yung everyday na mag-alaga ng bata, feeling ko it’s so unnatural for me, unlike some other mothers na parang second nature ang motherhood, ako hindi talaga. Career woman ako. Parang struggle ko talaga ang maging mommy.
“I wasn’t ready for the longest time, lalo na I breasted my first daughter for two years.
“Hirap na hirap talaga ako.
“Parang niraraos ko talaga everyday.
“Nung nag-two years ang anak ko, she was feeding on her own, saka ko sinabi sa asawa ko, 'Sige, we can start trying.'
“We were lucky, kasi in just a few months of trying, I got pregnant right away.
“I know so many couples na nahihirapan to get pregnant, I just feel more than anything na ang suwerte namin.
“Nung ginusto namin, it didn’t take so long. So yun.”
WEIGHT LOSS. When did Bianca confirm that she was pregnant with her second baby? And did she experience any difficulty the second time around?
“I just felt na I wanted to take a pregnancy test when I did.
“Hayun, nag-positive. 'Tapos, nagpa-check na kami, hayun nga.
“I am almost four, in a month, pregnant, suwerte ako maliit ako magbuntis.
“Pinaglilihian? Wala kasi I can’t eat pa, grabe ako magsuka, di lang morning, all day.
“I lost so much weight when I started getting pregnant.
“Ten times ako sumusuka, I can’t keep my food in, so na-traumatize ako.
“Kay Lucia effortless, parang walang-wala. Feeling ko normal yung pregnancy, kasi I didn’t feel anything. Work, work, work!
“Ito talaga, I lost nine pounds kasi 10 times ako sumusuka.
“Now better na, mga three times a day. Nabawasan na, a bit better.”
And how exactly does her hubby feel that he's going to be a dad again?
“Happy, of course," the Kapamilya host says.
“Iba yata yung excitement ng father sa mother kasi siyempre ang mother ang nagdadala.
“Iba yung mix of emotions ng nanay unlike sa tatay na excited lang talaga.
“Iba ang hirap ng nanay."
How about Lucia? Does she know she's going to be a big sister soon?
“Oo, medyo nage-gets na niya yung concept ng pagiging ate, so we’ll see kasi marami ding kuwento na second baby nagseselos yung panganay.
“We’ll try our best to read books to her, make kuwento.”
BOY OR GIRL? If she'll have her way, Bianca wishes their next baby to be a boy.
She admits, “Sana boy, but as everyone always says, it’s true na basta healthy, yun ang important kahit na ano ang ibigay.”
“Name? Wala pa. I remember dun sa una namin, parang eight months pregnant na ako before we decided [on a name].”
Will mommyhood take precedence over her showbiz career?
She replies, “Maybe now, I’ve been asking advice from friends.
“Lahat sila sinasabi na technically, mas madali ang pangalawa kasi alam mo na ang gagawin mo from the first.
“Hindi ka na kasing praning ng first kasi medyo alam mo na, hindi ka na yung nagwo-worry about every little thing.
“Nagwo-worry ka pa rin pero iba pa rin yung sa una.
“I’ll definitely work for sure, pero right now, I’m lucky na yung schedule ko sa work, I’m still able to spend so much time with my daughter.”