Precious Lara Quigaman still couldn’t believe how she kept her pregnancy a secret until her wedding day in July of last year. The news had come as a surprise when her then groom Marco Alcaraz revealed in his wedding vows that they’d be having a baby boy.
During her press con as brand ambassador of Anmum Materna, the former beauty queen recalled how nervous she was when she first found out that she was expecting. Unbeknownst to the public, she and Marco secretly tied the knot in a private Christian civil wedding on January 1, 2011. “I came from Bhutan kasi nag-shoot kami for Princess and I. Bhutan tapos stopover sa Bangkok. Late ako ng one day. So bumili ako ng pregnancy kit sa Bangkok. Ako lang mag-isa, nag-test ako, positive, lumabas two lines. I tried again para sigurado, baka iba lang yung pregnancy test sa Bangkok, baka masyadong sensitive, [pero] 2 lines ulit. Sobrang feeling ko sasabog ako kasi magisa lang ako, wala akong kasama, wala akong masabihan. Ayokong tawagan si Marco that time kasi baka paguwi ko wala na. Gusto ko kapag sinabihan ko siya face to face. Pero the joy that I felt was hard to describe to you, sobra talaga. I wrote a letter that day I found out,” she began.
Lara further shared with Push.com.ph that it took a lot of adjustments now that she’s a mother of a five-month old baby. Apparently, she’s very hands-on with taking care of Noah as she didn’t want to entrust him with a caretaker at this early stage. “Maraming adjustment. Wala kaming yaya ni Marco, siya ngayon ang nagbabantay sa bahay. Hindi siya pwede umalis kasi walang nagaalaga. Hindi na kami pwede basta-basta lumabas kung gusto namin ni Marco. Although we still set a time to go out with just the two of us. Pero the lifestyle change is very big. Lahat ng gagawin namin ni Marco we have to think of the baby.”
When asked if she’s an overprotective mom, the 30-year-old admitted that she doesn’t even trust her husband with the baby sometimes. “I’m very protective as a mom. Kahit kay Marco hindi ako masyado nagtitiwala. Feeling ko ilalaglag niya anak namin. Hands on siya pero sobrang gusto na niya kumuha ng yaya kasi nahihirapan siya kapag siya ang nagaalaga.”
They got a nanny once but immediately let her go because she wanted someone whom she could really trust with her baby. “Yes, personal choice na walang yaya. We tried once dahil gusto ng mommy ni Marco kasi nga baka mahirapan daw kami. One week lang naglast kasi pinainom niya yung baby ko ng breast milk na galing sa freezer, hindi niya ininit. So sorry ate, goodbye. We decided na hangga’t kaya natin, we'll take care of him ourselves.”
Now that she’s slowly getting back to work though, Lara is starting to train her personal assistant to become Noah’s nanny instead. “It helps na kahit papaano alternate yung work schedule namin ni Marco. Yun lang pareho kaming puyat. So ‘pag nagkakasabay kami, naghahanap kami ng tita or pinsan na pwede pumunta sa bahay para magbantay sa baby. Minsan kasama ko sa taping. Ngayon yung yaya ko personally ‘pag nagwo-work ako, kinausap ko siya. Kailangan kilala mo eh. Yung baby ko ‘pag nakikita siya ngumingiti siya. Medyo tine-train ko na. Kapag nag-full load na ako ng work, or if ever iwan ko talaga siya sa bahay.”
The Anmum Materna brand ambassador also highly recommended drinking milk to expecting moms and even after pregnancy. “Advocate ako ng paginom ng gatas kahit sa mga bata. Alam naman natin na milk is known as the complete food source. Siyempre tayong mga moms nakaexperience na mabuntis, gutom tayo palagi, it really helps our nutrition.” She added that the milk product offers different types of milk for different stages of motherhood and pregnancy.