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Chynna Ortaleza on stretch marks, dark armpits, battle-scarred post-birth body: ‘Mas dama ko ang lakas ko’

/ 01:20 PM December 29, 2019

Chynna Ortaleza

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Chynna Ortaleza may have faced some of the biggest challenges of her life in 2019, but the actress remains unfazed as she is about to end the decade stronger than ever.

Giving birth to two children and having her gallbladder removed took a toll on Ortaleza’s body, she said on her Instagram account earlier today, Dec. 29.


“Pagkatapos ng pag aruga ng 2 supling sa aking sinapupunan ng tag 9 na buwan (After taking care of two children for nine months each inside my womb),” she said, accompanied by a mirror selfie baring her body.


“Katotohanan lang. Maitim na ang kili kili ko, hindi na maayos ang kurba ng bewang ko. May stretch marks pa na regalo si Nukie Mamon (Just the truth. My armpits are dark now, and the curve of my hips are not the same. Nukie and Mamon even gave me stretch marks),” she added, referring to her children Salem and Stellar.

Ortaleza gave birth just last September to Salem, her second child with Callalily frontman Kean Cipriano.

The actress revealed that just two months after Salem’s birth, she had to have her gallbladder removed due to chronic cholecystitis, an inflammation commonly caused by gallbladder stones.

“At pagkatapos ko siya ipanganak at alagaan ng 2 buwan balik ospital ako dahil ipinanganak ko naman ang gallbladder ko,” she quipped. “RIP sakanya. Hindi niya na kinaya. At ubod ng sakit nun. OA. Sabi ko nga manganganak na lang ako ng 20 times kesa maramdaman ang sakit ng Chronic Cholecystitis. Sana wag niyo siyang maranasan!”

(After giving birth and taking care of [Salem] for two months, I gave birth to my gall bladder. Rest in peace, it did not make it. It hurt so much. OA. I prefer to give birth 20 times than feel the pain of having chronic cholecystitis. I hope you guys do not experience it!)


Ortaleza, however, said these challenges only made her feel just how strong she is as a person.

“Kung tatanungin niyo ako mas nararamdaman ko ang lakas ko ngayon. Hindi lang bilang babae. Bilang TAO. Buhay na buhay ako at nagpapasalamat na araw araw ay may panibagong gising,” she said.

(If you are going to ask me, I feel my strength more now. Not just as a woman. As a human. I am very alive and I am grateful for my life each time I wake up every day.)

“I am bombarded yet I stand. Thank you Lord sa buong 2019. Pinakamasalimuot at masakit na taon ng buhay ko. Isa rin sa pinakamaganda para sa kaluluwa ko,” she added. (The worst and most painful year of my life. Yet it is also the best for my soul.) JB


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