Julia Clarete shares her sacrifices as expectant mom


"Actually, may gender na yung bata pero gusto ko muna pagkakitaan. Gusto kong makipagpustahan kung babae ba o lalaki," says Julia Clarete in jest.


Four months into her pregnancy, Julia Clarete reveals the "sacrifices" she has made for her first child.

"I can't do anything. I can't go out. Wala akong social life," declares Julia during her autograph signing at Robinsons Galleria Movieworld last December 17.

Julia tells PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) about the limitations imposed on her due to her delicate situation.

"For now, until next year siguro pahinga muna ako until my baby comes out in May [2007]. Kasi I have an album to promote [Bumalik Ka Lang]...

"Ang dami-dami kong nami-miss—yung mga gig, yung banda. Hindi rin nga ako makapag-banda ngayon e. Miss ko lahat—even painting, because I can't smell the fumes [that may harm the baby]."

She explains that her sudden decision to put her showbiz career on hold is due to her delicate condition—she has a retroverted or tipped uterus. Instead of having a uterus that is leaning toward her stomach, Julia's uterus is tilted toward her spine.

Aside from having this condition, Julia also developed a throat problem that could pose a threat to her own health as well as the baby's.

"Nagkaroon nga ako ng throat problem. Hindi ko pa mapagamot dahil hindi ako pwedeng i-anesthesia e. Dalawa lang ang solusyon nito—either ooperahan ako o dadaanin sa gamot."

She continues: "But I can't have either, kasi 'pag dinaan sa gamot baka maapektuhan 'yung baby. Kapag [operation] naman, baka [may mangyari] rin sa baby dahil sa anesthesia, so kailangan kong hintayin hanggang sa manganak ako para mapagamot ko yung sarili ko." Julia is expected to give birth in May 2007.

When asked if they have chosen a name for the baby, Julia says, "If it's a girl, Solluna yung gusto kong pangalan. Kasi noon pa, before I thought I could get pregnant and [become] a mom, dapat magpapa-tattoo ako dito sa scar ko [pointing to her tummy]. Ipapalagay ko Solluna." Solluna means sun in Spanish and moon in Latin.

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When asked to explain why she chose this unique name, Julia replies, "Kasi alam mo naman yung mga taong bulakbol—yung mga pasaway—kapag nagkaroon ng anak, sobra. Ang mga pasaway ‘pag tumino, sobrang tino. So feeling ko, sobrang magiging buwan [saka] araw ko yung bata [na ito]."

In case her baby is a boy, Julia says that her husband, Stephen Ryan Uy, wants the name Sebastian for their firstborn child.


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