Most everyone wants to hold on to their youth for as long as they could, but as anyone who’s in that stage would know, it takes a lot of effort to be fit, and to look and feel young. For actress Dawn Zulueta, however, maintaining her youthful glow doesn’t seem to be a problem, even now that she’s 50 years od.
During Dawn’s guesting at GMA’s talk show Mars Pa More to promote her new film Family History, host Iya Villania asked the mom of two how she manages to look young.
“I think it has a lot to do with my children. I had kids kinda late already. Nag-asawa ako when I was 28, but I didn’t have kids until I was 36. And then my second came when I was 40 na. So the pressure to catch up with them, to stay young, and keep up, [yun] siguro,” the actress replied.
Dawn married Congressman Antonio Lagdameo in December 1997, but it took seven years before the couple were blessed with a pregnancy, following fertility work-ups. Even then, Philstar reported, Dawn faced several health issues, including an “immune system [that] produces anti-bodies that attack the fetus.”
She was also diagnosed with a condition that makes her blood too thick. Thus, for the duration of her first pregnancy, Dawn had to be under medication, including heparin shots, steroids, and progesterone. She gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Jacobo, in October 2005. The couple’s second child, daughter Ayisha, is now 10.
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It is probably due to this experience why Dawn advised against putting off pregnancy, when the topic was brought up by Iya.
“I don’t subscribe to it kasi nag-iiba din ang katawan ng babae habang tumatanda. In my case, wala akong choice kasi it was very difficult for me to get pregnant,” she recalled.
Other than the pregnancy itself, Dawn has also previously talked about the challenges of being a mother to two young kids in her 40s. In 2011, when her son and daughter were only 5 and 2 years old, she told SmartParenting.com.ph, “It’s tiring! At my age, it is tiring.
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“As I tell my friends, have babies sooner, because when you’re already nearing 40, for some reason, you can’ t seem to catch up as fast as you’d like to. But it’s fun. It’s so much fun. I think my kids keep me young and keep me on my toes.”
It was on this same interview with Smart Parenting when she revealed that she was diagnosed with Reproductive Autoimmune Failure Syndrome (RAFS) while she was pregnant.
“Your reproductive immune [system] is giving you problems to conceive, or you can get pregnant but you can’t seem to keep the pregnancy. There are five or six different kinds. You can have two or one or all,” Dawn explains. “But that has treatment already, you can be treated for that.”
On Mars Pa More, Dawn reminded women, “Nowadays kasi, lalo na yung mga millennial, feeling nila, they have all the time in the world, na, ‘Ay, tsaka na yang children.’ Warning lang: nag-e-expire tayo.”