Assunta de Rossi shared that for 19 years, she and her husband Jules Ledesma had tried various medical methods in order to have a baby but it did not happen until unexpectedly she got pregnant with her daughter last year.
“We sought fertility treatments nung mga 2016. We decided na to go the scientific route, mag in vitro na lang kami. Mutual decision naman iyon. Hindi nag-succeed 'yung first time,” she said in an interview with Toni Gonzaga on I Feel U.
The actress shared that they were supposed to fly abroad last year to try again but the pandemic happened.
"Last year, nag-decide ako na I think it’s time. Nag-usap kami, ‘Gusto mo ba i-consider mag-abroad tayo just in case?’ Kasi meron pa akong embryos sa freezer eh. Sabi niya, okay lang. Sabi ko, ‘Gusto mo mag Singapore tayo, Taiwan or US.’ Kaso nagka-COVID,” the actress relayed.
Assunta shared that it was after she celebrated her 37th birthday when she got pregnant unexpectedly.
“Nag Amanpulo kami nung 37th birthday ko. Pagbalik namin, a week later, nagpa-check-up ako kasi nga delayed ako. Na-confirm that I was pregnant."
She added, "It was a pleasant surprise. It was unplanned but not naman unwanted kasi it’s been a long-time din talaga."
Assunta gave birth to Julia in October 2020.
She admitted that it has not been easy being a first-time mom.
“Since day one, sleep deprived na talaga ako. Nasasanay din pero there are times na ang hirap. You take it one day at a time talaga kasi if today okay ka, hindi guaranteed na okay ka rin tomorrow," she said.
The actress also opened up about the challenges of breastfeeding.
“Nobody can say, ‘Nakaupo ka lang naman, wala ka namang ginagawa.’ Ay hindi po. Ang breastfeeding po ay nakaka-burn ng maraming maraming calories kaya siya nakakapayat and of course, kailangan natin ng fuel so kahit minsan wala tayong ganang kumain, pipilitin nating kumain para mapakain natin ng maayos yung anak natin,” she said.
Amid the challenges of being a first-time mom, Assunta shared that she is making the most out of it.
“I cherished nga the moments kasi darating sa point na hindi ka na niya kailangan. It goes by so fast. Wala nang take two ito,” she remarked.