MANILA – Celebrity couple Robin Padilla and Mariel Rodriguez are expecting their first child. Mariel, who has gone through two miscarriages, is pregnant for the third time.
The couple’s supporters and friends first heard about the good news when the actress-host’s talent manager, Ogie Diaz, congratulated her on Twitter. She, however, remained mum then.
After safely completing the first trimester of her pregnancy, Mariel confirmed on ABS-CBN’s daily noontime show ‘It’s Showtime’ that she’s indeed pregnant.
“I really waited for the doctor to tell me [that] it’s a go, it’s alright. Even though she actually gave me a go-signal weeks before… sabi nila, kailangan kong buuin ang first trimester, kailangan kong malagpasan. Pero noong nalagpasan ko naman ‘yun, sinabi ko naman agad,” she explained in a PEP.ph report.
(…I’ve been told I needed to complete the first trimester, I needed to go through it. But after getting passed it, I already shared the good news.)
“Sobra kong gustong i-share talaga… Sobra akong happy! Gustong-gusto ko talaga ipagsigawan na, ‘Yes!’ Kaya lang, parang ayaw kong maudlot,” she added. “This is my longest pregnancy. Ito na talaga ‘yun. This is it!”
(I really wanted to share it… I’m so happy! I wanted to shout, ‘Yes!’ But then, I didn’t want to have it cut short…. This is my longest pregnancy. This is it!)
When asked how the pregnancy is the third time around, the 31-year-old actress-host admitted that ‘this blessing’ isn’t planned but that it just happened.
“Noong umpisa pa nga, in denial pa ako. Natatakot pa ako sa doctor. Pinilit lang niya ko. So it’s really a blessing. We’re really so happy,” she shared in the same report.
(At first, I was in denial. I was scared to go to the doctor. He [Robin] just prodded me to go [and have a checkup]. So it’s really a blessing. We’re really so happy.)
Although also really excited, Robin couldn’t refrain from worrying for the well-being of his wife and unborn child, given the former’s condition.
“Medyo mahirap ang pinagdadaanan ni Mariel… kase masyadong malakas ang anti-bodies niya. Laging kapag nag-uumpisa ang pagbubuntis niya, laging namamatay ‘yung bata sa loob. Ngayon, may pinagdaanan siyang mabigat na proseso,” Robin said.
(What Mariel’s undergoing is difficult… because her anti-bodies are too strong. It’s always that when her pregnancy starts, the child in her womb dies. Now, she’s enduring an extensive process.)
“Kailangan niyang magsaksak ng heparin dalawang beses sa isang araw. Bukod pa sa sinasaksak niyang insulin… hindi madali ang pinagdadaanan ni Mariel, ang isinasakripisyo niya para sa bata,” he added.
(She needs to take herapin shots twice a day. That’s apart from her insulin… what Mariel’s going through isn’t easy, what she’s sacrificing for the child.)
Despite her prevailing condition, the couple remains hopeful that all will go well this time around.