MANILA, Philippines – It goes without saying that motherhood means a radical change in any person's life. You stumble, you bask in the glory, you cry, you break down, and, inevitably, you learn a thing or two.
Rappler talks to real-life moms – both the celebrity and non-celebrity kind – to find out what being mommy to a little humans has taught them.
Korina Sanchez-Roxas, mom to twins Pepe and Pilar
"I think the learnings of motherhood is within a whole lifetime. But what I immediately noticed is this refreshing clarity that comes with motherhood. It is a clarity I both enjoy and not savor all too happily. For all other things I might be willing to compromise. With being a mom, I'm leaning towards black or white. It isn't always easy or pleasant. But has to be."
"What is refreshing is: it is much clearer what my main purpose in life now is."
View this post on Instagram A post shared by Korina Sanchez-Roxas (@korina) on Apr 29, 2019 at 12:24am PDT
Divine Lee-Go, mother to 1-year-old Baz and expecting her second child
"I think the biggest surprise to me was that it's not as natural as I thought it woud be. Sometimes you just wing it. But as long as your heart is in the right place, that's all you need."
View this post on Instagram A post shared by Divine Lee Go (@divinemlee) on May 5, 2019 at 11:42pm PDT
Mikee Andrei, mom to Pauline
"Just two words: sacrifice and fulfillment. These are what I've learned most. I have sacrificed so much but no single regret because along the way, it also did a lot good to me and to my partner. I never imagined motherhood was this great and fulfilling."
Photo from Facebook/Mikee Andrei
Saab Magalona, mother to 1-year-old Pancho and expecting her second child
"Motherhood has taught me that bringing a child into this world is similar to creating what people in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter call a Horcrux (minus the evil act of having to commit murder, of course). You leave a fragment of your soul inside this tiny human and you’re forever connected, sometimes even telepathically communicating. I’ve also learned that I don’t have to give up my childlike wonder just because I’m now a parent — it’s actually an excellent way to bond with my kid!"
File photo by Iya Forbes/Rappler
Richelle Singson-Michael, mom to two kids
"This generation has a lot of focus on more natural means. Breastfeeding provides more nutrients. For me, example, I would always bring my baby to work. I breastfed my baby for about 1 1/2 years. And even if I was busy going to meetings or like going to the office, I would always like bring my baby and always find time to feed him on the side. And even when I was a judge for Miss Universe, I would bring my baby with me, do the judging duties, talk to the contestants and then during the break, I would go to the corner and breastfeed my baby and go back to work."
View this post on Instagram A post shared by Richelle Singson-Michael (@arch_richellesingson) on Mar 1, 2018 at 9:50am PST