Bianca Lapus gave birth to her fourth son, Ethan, on her 34th week.
The celebrity mom revealed in her Instagram Stories and recent Instagram post that she has preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, most often the liver and kidneys.
According to an article on MayoClinic.org, "Preeclampsia usually begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy in women whose blood pressure had been normal."
If left untreated, the consequences could be fatal for both mother and baby.
The "most effective treatment" is to deliver the baby, but "it can still take a while" for the mother to get better.
Bianca felt like a first-time mom again.
In her recent post, the actress-turned-entrepreneur wrote at length about her current situation.
The actress-entrepreneur's baby is still at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
"Day 20 today at the NICU. If you haven't watched my stories you probably don't know i have given birth a little early than i thought.
"It's been a while since i last posted on my feed because i have been in pain and going through emotional roller coaster lately but God blessed me with people who have been taking care of me, supporting & showering me and my little preemie with so much love
"Thank you to my prayer warriors too some have been sending me messages of encouragement & guidance.
"Some have been offering breast milk and other ways to help.
"Forgive me but i will probably fill your feeds in the coming days about this journey and about my #StrongEthan and how my life has changed.
"Let me share a little piece of it and also to bring awareness about #preeclampsia & taking care of a preemie.
"It feels like im a 1st time all over again though he is my 4th son.
"A special shout out to all the Doctors,Nurses,Nurse Aids,staff and interns of UERM esp to the one who injected my unforgetable experience with #magnesiumsulfate & kept checking my BP , the charming Doctor @jvilaovillena, my anesthesiologist/photographer Dra. Aure , our Very hands on Pedia Dr. Salazar & most of all our good friend , life saver & best O.B ever Dr. @rquillamormd
"i would've died in Fear more than what i've been through if he wasn't my doctor and that's the truth.
"Our family will forever be grateful to you dr.Q!
"there are still so many people to thank but i will post it in the coming days because they deserve a heartfelt message from me. @barbie_doll10@garie_concepcion @guggles05 @yceking@janavictoria .... I love you all."
Of course, she gave her husband Jimmy Lawrence Velasquez a special shout-out.
"Thank you for your patience & love & being my everyday bantay. pero eto na talaga..... ang taong nagparealize sakin na dapat akong maniwala sa Forever haha! my Boo @superjim08
"i don't know how you do it! juggling work, taking care of me and the kids and many other things....
"You are the strongest, hardworking, loving hubby & kindest father to our kids. i can never thank you enough for standing by me, just holding my hand & praying we will get through this. I love you so much.
"Thank you for making my dream come true...for giving me an intact Family"