Judy Ann Santos avoids being frustrated by difficulty of conceiving

"Masuwerte talaga ako kay Ryan kasi maraming beses na nagta-try kami. Tapos may ilang beses yung times na dumadating yung kabuwanan mo, 'andiyan siya, very supportive. Mas malungkot nga ako bilang babae, na parang na-fail mo yung asawa mo," says Judy Ann Santos about not being able to conceive immediately after her wedding to Ryan Agoncillo.


The public first got a glimpse of Johanna Lois a.k.a. Yohan when she became a "little bride" during the wedding of her adoptive mother Judy Ann Santos.



Advertisers took note as well since they started inquiring about tapping Yohan as a future endorser. Will Judy Ann allow her daughter to star in a commercial?

"Right after the [wedding] coverage, may mga tumatawag na sa 'min. Pero hindi naman sa hindi namin ine-entertain, pinag-aaralan lang namin mabuti. Hindi naman makukuha sa madaliang panahon lang," explained Juday during the recent press conference of OMG (Oh My Girl). This romantic comedy film starring her and Ogie Alcasid will open in cinemas nationwide starting July 29.


The actress explained the process that she had to go through for the processing of Yohan's birth certificate.

"Mula 'yon sa munisipyo," she said. "May certain working period, and then kukunin mo, pipirmahan mo, ibabalik mo ulit. Thirty days nang thirty days hanggang sa umaabot na ng ilang taon. Sinimulan naming ayusin yung papers niya two years old siya, so four years old na siya at magpa-five na. Ang tagal!"

Is Judy Ann prepared for the possibility that Yohan would look for her biological parents?

"Kung hindi man niya hanapin, naka-prepare pa rin kami sa gano'n kasi hindi imposible, e," admitted Juday. "E, kung gusto talaga niya makita, di gagawan namin ng paraan... Basta ang sa amin lang, hindi namin ipagkakait kay Yohan kung yun man ang gusto niyang mangyari, kasi karapatan niya 'yon."

Has Yohan asked them already if she is adopted?

"Sa ngayon, hindi pa. Pero may mga paunti-unti na siyang pagtatanong na, 'Mommy, did I come from your tummy?'"

What does she tell Yohan?

"Sabi ko, she came from mommy's heart. Yun yung sinasabi ko sa kanya. 'Mommy prayed for you, mommy prayed hard for you everyday, so God gave you to me. So, you came from mommy's heart.'"

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There are some kids who are taunted by others for being adopted. Has her daughter experienced this discrimination?

"Wala. Yun ang pinagpapasalamat namin sa mga tao ngayon, especially sa school niya. As much as possible, we don't want people calling Yohan my adopted daughter. Kasi one way or another, 'pag lumaki na siya, baka masaktan siya o kaya nababasa niya 'yon. Pero very understanding si Yohan, napakatalinong bata. I'm sure maiintindihan niya 'yon. But still, ako bilang nanay, nao-offend ako... Alam kong ganoon, pero sana maintindihan n'yong hindi ko kaya."

Juday stressed, "Wala kaming itatago sa kanya [Yohan]. Kung gusto niyang malaman, ipapaalam namin, deserve niyang malaman 'yon."



TAKING FERTILITY PILLS. Even before she got married to Ryan, Juday already consulted an ob-gyne regarding her capability to bear children at age 30.



"Ang pananaw ko kasi, dapat malinaw sa aming dalawa na puwede ako or puwedeng hindi [magka-baby]. So, kinlaro ko.



"I just wanted to check with the ob-gyne to make sure that everything is clear, everything is normal. Normal naman. Pero sabi niya, one out of ten women and nagiging ganun [infertile]."



What was Ryan's reaction to the possibility that Juday might not be able to bear a child?

"Okay lang daw, subok lang."



Juday revealed that she is taking medication to help her conceive.

"May tine-take akong medicines ngayon for fertility, 'saka folic acid. Yun naman ang tine-take ng mga babae getting ready for the child."



What did the ob-gyne tell her regarding her condition?

"Ang pinakaproblema lang sa akin, medyo mahirap lang para sa akin na mag-conceive ng baby. Kasi nga pagod, walang pahinga, puyat ka lagi, pressure."

Did Ryan have himself checked with a doctor as well?

"Ayoko ko muna siyang i-subject sa ganun. Kung puwede ako muna, ako muna. Siyempre, respeto ko yun sa asawa ko."

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Would she and Ryan consider adopting another child together?

"Oo naman, kung hindi talaga kaya mag-conceive ng baby. Nagawa ko nga, e. Pero siguro 'pag wala nang pag-asa, kasi kakalagpas lang ng two months mula ikasal kami."

Have they considered artificial insemination?

"Siguro last resort na lang yun kasi masyado nang advanced technology na yun para sa amin. Kung hindi naman kailangan, bakit mo naman gagawin?"

In case she does get pregnant, will it be okay with her advertisers?

"Very understanding naman sila, lalo na nang magpakasal kami ni Ryan. Kahit mabuntis raw, mag-aantay raw sila."

Has she thought about leaving showbiz to form her own family?

"Oo naman kasi hindi naman panghabambuhay ito."

In case Juday is unable to conceive her own baby, does she think that it will be a problem for her husband?



"Masuwerte talaga ako kay Ryan, kasi maraming beses na nagta-try kami. Tapos may ilang beses yung times na dumadating yung kabuwanan mo, andiyan siya, very supportive. Mas malungkot nga ako bilang babae, na parang na-fail mo yung asawa mo. Pero very understanding si Ryan, sinasabi niya, 'It's just trials,' ganyan."

How emotional does she get after these failed attempts?

"Hindi ko siya masyado dinidibdib kasi ibang klase ako ma-frustrate."

Has she cried out of frustration?

"Hindi, sinusubukan kong huwag kasi may eksplanasyon naman. 'Saka bago pa lang naman, e. Yun din naman yung sabi ng ob-gyne ko sa akin, 'There's no reason to be sad kasi bago pa lang."


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