It’s not easy for a woman like Mariel Padilla to bear a child.
As a mother diagnosed with Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APAS), a type of autoimmune disorder, she has to go through daily medication by vaccination, injecting herself with Herapin twice a day every day, just to keep her unborn babies safe and healthy.
“Is it painful? A little. Is it worth it? Definitely,” she said in a recent Instagram post.
She opened up about her difficulty in getting a successful pregnancy throughout the years, suffering “several miscarriages” despite being tested negative for APAS. It wasn’t until her OB-GYN, Dr. Eileen Manalo, treated her as an APAS patient that she successfully gave birth to her first daughter with husband Robin Padilla, Isabella.
However, APAS isn’t the only thing Mariel has to endure; she also revealed that she has Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and even suffered gestational diabetes with her pregnancy with Isabella.
“These are the reasons why Robin doesn’t want me pregnant because I go through so much,” Mariel confessed. “But for me it is a small price to pay because in exchange I get to mother one of God’s greatest creation.”
She ended her post with an uplifting message to all mothers who are undergoing the same thing she is. “This is a message for all the women who are trying… don’t give up. One day God will bless you with His greatest gift. Believe. It may be a difficult painful journey but it will happen. Remember nothing worth having comes easy. Sending lots of baby dust your way.”
Do you know any APAS mom? Send your love their way too!