By Jane Kingsu-Cheng | Photo courtesy of Camille Prats-Yambao
Camille Prats-Yambao announced her third pregnancy last Christmas via an Instagram post, with the caption: “Our family is getting merrier coz a little present is on the way! God’s greatest gifts come in surprises and we are over the moon! Unwrapping on July 2019!” In the middle of the busy holiday break, Moms & Babies was able to squeeze in a few minutes to catch up with this blooming mom. In an exclusive phone interview, Camille Prats reveals how she found out she’s pregnant, how life was been these past few weeks, and what gender each of the family members is secretly hoping for:
MB: Was this a surprise pregnancy?
It is! We were planning to have another one by late next year. Actually, unsure pa kami noon kasi okay naman kami with a total of three kids. Open pa kami to the idea of having another one, pero mga late next year sana or early 2020. There are a lot of things that we want to do. We just want to continue working and pushing for our goals. We want to build our house na rin kasi, ‘yung mga ganyan. More of family planning talaga. Tapos, the baby will come later on na. But, then again, God has different plans. Inuna niya na yung baby, tsaka na lang daw yung ibang bagay.
MB: How did you find out?
I get my period regularly. I use an app to track my period and I’m usually ahead of when I’m supposed to get it. I was three days delayed this time. In fact, this never happened. On the third day, I had spotting and then nawala na siya, tapos konti ulit. Actually, even with Nala, I found out early because of the symptoms. I noticed agad the changes in my body. An example is when I usually have my breakfast. After eating, may after taste na siya na hindi ko gusto at gusto kong sumuka. Nung three days pa lang, sinabi ko na kay VJ na I’m delayed. So bumili na siya ng pregnancy test kit, just in case. Meron naman kaming stock sa house. Sa ika-fifth day nag test ako, and may faint second line na siya. I sent it right away to my OB. Her reply was “Congratulations, you’re pregnant!” VJ didn’t know how to react. It’s not yet our plan. I just recently signed a partnership with my new management, which is Artist Center. Lahat talaga nakaplano na. Work, work, work. So nagtinginan kami, tapos nag breakdown ako ng very light. Wala sa plan.
MB: Why did you cry?
Nala is still young and this is the time that she’s growing. She’s more active and lambing, and wants to explore. I want to enjoy that she’s still a baby and she’s the only baby. Pero mabilis na iyak lang tapos after noon, happy na kasi a baby is always a blessing. Kung meron man akong natutunan, is that we are actually never in control of our lives. Minsan we make plans for ourselves but there are greater plans for us.
MB: How are you prepping the family for the newest member?
At this point, wala pa ako doon sa planning mode kasi nahihirapan akong maglihi. I’m having a hard time with the pregnancy. I’ve been excessively vomiting.
MB: So it’s different from the past two?
Nag vomit ako with Nala but it’s only after eating. This time, kahit walang laman yung tiyan ko, nasusuka ako. So I don’t really vomit anything, it’s just that feeling na gusto mong sumuka. So ang sakit sakit nun. There was a time na I had to be brought to the hospital to be checked for dehydration. Wala na akong tinatanggap, tapos wala nang laman. As in, nakakapanghina. Doon lang ako nahihirapan. I can hardly get out bed. Although with Nala, I remember it was a lot worse. Yun talaga, I didn’t like the smell of food, but now I’m fine with it. I mean, the smell is strong pero na ta-take ko naman, hindi kagaya kay Nala, I couldn’t. Garlic, I couldn’t. As in, hindi ko talaga kaya.
MB: Is it better this time?
A bit better pero hirap pa rin ang paglilihi. So hopefully, it gets better in the next few months kasi kailangan ko na mag-ayos ng mga gamit. Buti na lang, baby pa si Nala so almost all the stuff that I used for her are still there.
MB: How did kuya Nathan and Ice find out?
Si Ice, his dad mentioned it to him. With Nathan, we really had to tell him the news and parang nagulat siya. He always wanted a lot of siblings. He grew up kasi na mag-isa lang siya for a long time.
MB: Anyone rooting for a boy or a girl?
Nathan wants a boy. VJ and I, somehow, ‘yun din sana yung gusto namin. But ako, syempre, kahit ano. I don’t mind. I know how it feels like to have a boy or a girl. Wala namang problema. Yun lang, gusto lang ni VJ na may boy. Tapos ako naman, okay din. Gusto ko rin ma-experience na magkaroon ulit ng little one na lalaki naman. Pero either, of course, is okay.