Many mothers and pregnant women are struggling with a health condition called Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome or APAS.
KAMI learned that there are a few Filipina celebrity mothers are suffering from this condition.
According to PEP.ph, these celebrities are Sitti Navarro, Rica Peralejo, Miriam Quiambao and Nadine Samonte.
APAS is a condition wherein the body makes antibodies that incorrectly attack phospholipids in the blood which then causes blood clots in veins and arteries. This could lead to complications such as miscarriage and stillbirth.
1. Sitti Navarro
The Bossa Nova queen opened up about her scary experience due to APAS.
“And so here she is, our Lilibubs, Issiah Dañelle. Born Nov 4, 1:03pm, via emergency CS, 36w3d. During surgery it was found that my amniotic fluid was already low and that there were too many twists in her umbilical cord, prompting one of the doctors to say, ‘Ang swerte ng batang ‘to..’ Indeed, the decision to go for emergency CS was timely and right. Placed in the NICU for 24 hours after delivery for monitoring, it was only Joey who got to see her during this time and the family and I would just look over and over again at the photos and videos he took. The day after that, Nov 5, she was roomed in, and we spent our first sleepless yet amazing day and night with our firstborn. we are home now, she’s napping, Joey’s playing a game, and i’m putting my feet up because I’m manas from the operation. Tomorrow we will have a week-old baby. I still can’t believe it sometimes.
“To my fellow PCOS/APAS patients who are having difficulty conceiving or keeping a baby, here is our daughter, to give you hope that nothing is truly impossible with the Lord. That everyday He is making miracles, and that every time in every situation, His timing and His Will is perfect,” the singer posted on Instagram.
2. Rica Peralejo
The former actress shared on her YouTube vlog that she is taking a lot of medicines in order to protect herself and her baby.
"Yung medicine ko pa lang, busog na ako. Parang yun nga breakfast ko. Actually, it has been trimmed down already.
"In the beginning, I had to be taking seven pills in the morning, five pills at lunch, and three in the evening. Tapos meron pa mga intravaginals, and plus the fact that I have to inject myself every day with Innohep...
"Medyo may pasa-pasa na yung tiyan ko because of the needles. I have to take a lot of medicines. I don't like it, to be honest... but also, at the same time, there is no other solution that I could find.
"And for now, this what I feel is going to give us peace in being able to keep the baby inside of me,” Rica said in her YouTube vlog.
3. Miriam Quiambao
The former beauty queen revealed months ago to netizens that she has bruises on her abdomen because of APAS, which made it important for her to inject herself nightly with an anticoagulant.
"I was diganosed with Obstetric APAS and need to inject every night for the whole duration of my pregnancy. I inject an anticoagulant…
"Ever since I got pregnant 6 months ago, I was advised to avoid any long-distance and out the country trips until the end of my pregnancy to avoid unnecessary exposure to stress, infection and radiation in the plane. Such is required for a high-risk pregnancy like mine. I had to cancel most of my confirmed talks within the country and cancel all talks and trips abroad including those in Hawaii, Singapore, Korea and the US. I was willing to do this for the sake of my miracle baby but I have to say that I was beginning to grow restless staying in the city all the time,” Miriam posted on Instagram.
4. Nadine Samonte
On “Pinoy MD,” Nadine talked about the struggles she had to go through because of this condition.
"Nagulat lang kami na on the process na kami ng paggawa ng baby at doon ko na nalaman na I have APAS. Nag-series of blood tests kami, at nag-positive ako sa category one, two, and four. 'Yung three and five, negative.
"Ginawa ang lahat para kumapit ang bata. I had two injections a day, and around 53 to 56 tablets a day... Lahat ng pampakapit, lahat ng vitamins, minerals, calcium—lahat para sa anak ko, nandoon sa mga gamot na 'yon," Nadine told “Pinoy MD,” according to GMA Network.
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