MANILA -- First time mom-to-be Heart Evangelista can't wait wait to see her little one with husband Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero.
But before they welcome their firstborn, Evangelista opened up about her pregnancy, which she only announced on Saturday.
“I’m a super duper believer of family planning,” Evangelista told the Manila Bulletin in an exclusive interview. “As a woman, however, you’re never prepared. I’m super terrified and scared but excited at the same time.”
Having had no experience of raising a child before, Evangelista admitted she often asks her husband how he thinks she would handle motherhood.
“He’s like, ‘You know what? You’re good with your dogs. You adopt them all. If you’re good with your dogs, if that’s how you are with animals, then if it’s your baby, you’ll be so good at being a mom,’” she shared.
Thanks to Escudero’s twins from his previous marriage, Evangelista has had a taste of how it is to look after kids when she travelled with the twins to the United States shortly after they got married in 2016.
“It was the first time I was with the kids of Chiz, for a long time, without a yaya. They were seven. They were also adjusting, and they were jet-lagged. It was just so hard. I would cry in the middle of the night. But I also think it prepared me to be a mom,” she recalled.
“I wasn’t just taking care of one kid, I was taking care of two, and now they live with me, and I’m really blessed. They’re just as excited about this baby as I am,” she added.
Just like other pregnant women, Evangelista also has to deal with cravings and morning sickness.
“My sense of smell is on overdrive. I don’t like certain perfumes. When someone’s frying something, I don’t like it. If I want pizza, I have to have pizza. It’s so strange I want everything white—eggs, white bread, and anything with mayonnaise. And I love ice cream, or anything with cheese! Sometimes, I wake up in the middle of the night looking for a ham-and-egg sandwich,” she said.
Despite this, Evangelista said “it hasn’t been so bad compared to other women.”
“My husband has told me, ‘You know I’m really surprised you’re handling it so well. I am so proud of you. I thought it would be a nightmare.’ He always tells me how he’s so proud of how I’m handling it,” she said.
She is also grateful because Escudero did not rush her into having their own family.
“He felt I was a bit too sheltered, so I never really got to see the world and experience life, that it would be good for me to travel and open my eyes to the world. Doing all this would make me a better mom. Also, in a way, I won’t be so afraid of traveling anymore, so when I have a baby, I can travel and I know where to go.”
Moreover, Evangelista muses at how supportive her husband has been in her journey to motherhood.
“I never thought I’d have him with me all the way. I’m pretty independent. I like doing things on my own. But he is very, very supportive, even when I was just taking a blood test. He also took one, though he didn’t really need it, so I wouldn’t feel alone. He’s so sweet. If he was sweet before, he’s even sweeter now. I must say I’m really enjoying the perks of being pregnant,” she said.
At the end of the day, Evangelista is certain she is going to be a good mom.
“Sometimes, I wake up, and I can’t believe I’m pregnant. There’s a human being inside me, there’s a heartbeat. But I’m confident I’m going to be a good mom. I have so much to share. I have so much love to give. I’m excited for my child. It’s going to be a fun life,” she said.