Mom-to-be Iya Villania on pregnancy and giving birth

Iya Villania-Arellano

Iya Villania-Arellano

TV host-actress Iya Villania-Arellano, known as a health buff and an active expectant, said she is continuing her workout even if she is already on her third trimester of pregnancy.

The first time mom-to-be cited that keeping an active lifestyle—of course, with the approval of the obstetricians and gynecologists—is beneficial to both baby and mom.

“I still try to do things I like to do kasi it makes me happy. I enjoy it, and I think enjoy din naman ni baby. I swim, I still try to bike, I still try to run, do weights. OK naman daw sabi ng doctor and sasabihin naman daw ng katawan ko—it will give me signs kapag kailangan ko tumigil and mag relax. Pinapakiramdaman ko rin, syempre hindi ko binububog yung katawan ko,” Villania-Arellano shared in an interview during a press conference for Claritin, the anti-allergy medicine she endorses.

“Hindi ako nabibigatan, kasi feeling ko dahil nga fit ako bago pa ako magbuntis, parang wala lang,” the “Chika Minute” segment host added.

Additionally, Villania-Arellano admitted she is taking childbirth classes to help her and husband Drew be educated about all of their options during childbirth.

“I am taking childbirth classes kasi syempre first ko ‘to so wala akong alam. I think it’s nice to have these kinds of seminars para naman alam ko kung ano yung mga options ko,” she enthused.

Preparation, Villania-Arellano pointed out, is the best tool when expecting.

“Try to prepare yourselves as much as you can because you can actually really never be totally prepared. But I guess you should try to feed your mind with whatever you can. Get help from other friends who have gone through the process, take seminars when you can, and make sure it’s a partnership between you and your husband,” she pointed out.

All about baby Antonio
Villania-Arellano related that her husband is as excited as her and that they have already named their baby boy Antonio and nicknamed him “Baby A.”

“Tinatanong na niya kung saan matutulog si Baby A, kung sa gitna namin or kung sa tabi niya, eh syempre kapag masyadong small pa doon muna sa [crib], di pa kami sanay,” the mom-to-be enthusiastically shared.

When asked who does she think Baby A looked like, she answered, “Hindi ko masabi eh. Kasi parang iisa lang yung histura ng mga baby sa ultrasound di ba. Ang sabi nila parang ilong ni Drew, pero parang ilong ko rin eh.”

Finally, the Lip Sync Battle Philippines co-host revealed that she is hoping to get back to work two weeks after giving birth.

“I am hoping to go back two weeks after I give birth but it will depend on my deli­very. As much as I want a normal [delivery], baka mamaya mapa-CS [Caesarean section] ako. There are things na out of my control basta ako kung saan mas safe si baby dun ako,” she said, adding that a caesarean section requires longer recovery period than the two-week recovery period of normal delivery.

The actress and her adventurer husband were together for 10 years before tying the knot on January 31, 2014. More than two year later, they made the pregnancy announcement using their respective Instagram accounts.


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