It was more than seven years ago when the actress found out she was pregnant.
"I was in a state of disbelief primarily because I got pregnant unexpectedly," Bettina began.
"It was after a year after graduating from college. It was with a man who was not my boyfriend at that time.
"Parang, 'Is this really happening?'"
She took two pregnancy tests and both indicted that she was with child.
"I had so many thoughts, anxieties in my head... Gusto ko pa pumangatlo, pero parang ito na talaga," the model-turned-celebrity host continued. "Ang aga niya dumating.
"I did not tell anyone from my family…"
Bettina kept it a secret for as long as she could, even choosing to attend the Star Magic Ball "in a gown, wearing a high-panty Spanx..."
She said, "[I was] talking to my belly, 'Huwag ka muna bubukol, huwag ka muna magpakita…'"
But Bettina knew that she eventually had to come clean to her family, especially her mom.
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Bettina arranged a dinner with her mom, and just as she was about to open up about her pregnancy, her mom's phone rang.
She recalled, "We were seconds away—as in seconds away—from telling my mom, and then when we are already on the table, my mom's phone rang, and someone else broke the news.
"Sasabihin ko na sana, naunahan ako.That was one of the most painful things I’ve done to my mom—not being able to tell her myself."
Hearing her mom stand up for her made it even harder for Bettina.
"Hearing and seeing my mom defend me to that person, and she doesn’t even know if it's real or not," she continued.
"My mom would say, 'Alam mo, kung buntis si Betts, she's old enough.
"'Tapos na siya mag-aral, she's working, okay lang yun.'
"That's how my mom defended me till the last minute.
"So siyempre, ako, I felt so bad kasi I was betraying her on the spot..."
After the phone call, Bettina's mom turned to her and simply asked, "Is it true?"
Bettina remarked, "I could have said it myself, and it crushed her so much to hear it from someone else.
"And to hear it the way it was said, because it sounded like chismis na unconfirmed when I am there, I could have told her..."
Watch the full interview on Smartparenting.com.ph.