Janella Salvador opened up for the first time about her physical struggles as a first-time mom to her son Jude.
In a lengthy Instagram post, the "Bloody Crayons" star did a little storytelling on how she promised herself that she would never forget self-care once she becomes a mother.
She began, "When I was pregnant with Jude, I promised myself that I would never forget self-care. I said I would take the time to do things that I love. Happy mum, happy family, right? But like many things in this world… it’s easier said than done."
Janella's life revolved around her son upon giving birth, and "lost all the remaining ‘vanity’" she had for herself.
"Even just a trip to the grocery made me feel guilty because I felt like I could be spending time with him instead. I felt like I had to be with him 24/7," she continued.
And as much as she enjoyed attending to her son, Janella admitted that she physically did not feel like herself. It even reached a point that she went 40 pounds heavier than her ideal weight, and that she didn't like what she saw in the mirror every day.
"I’m not gonna lie, I enjoyed every moment and I still do. But in those first few months, I physically did not feel like myself. I hid behind big coats, robes, and loose clothing. The lack of sleep made me overeat so I was 40 POUNDS heavier than my ideal weight. I did not like what I saw in the mirror but paid no attention to that."
"Of course, gaining weight is totally normal after giving birth… but there comes a time where you want to be healthy and regain your strength. My goal has always been to be strong enough to take care of the household so I did not want to resort to unhealthy crash diets. Working in a physical industry that relies so much on looks didn’t help with the pressure either. I knew that eventually, I needed to start working again," she said.
It was during that point when celebrity doctor Vicki Belo suggested and convinced the actress to get liposuction.
"I initially said no. I was afraid. But after many talks and getting assurance from her, I gave in. Best decision ever," she admitted.
"I can’t thank her and @dochayden enough for helping me jumpstart my journey back to sexy and for giving me back my confidence. I am finally starting to see the woman I want to see in the mirror once again. I also want to give myself a pat on the back for taking initiative to exercise as well."
Janella also encouraged her fellow moms to never pressure themselves, and take steps to achieve their own happiness.
"To all the mamas out there, enjoy every part of your journey and don’t pressure yourself. At the end of the day, what matters most is the health and happiness of your baby. But don’t forget to take steps towards your own happiness. ♡" she said.
Janella gave birth to her son with Markus Paterson in October last year. The actress recently made her showbiz comeback after giving birth through the iWantTFC series "Click. Like. Share."
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