When erika Padilla found out last Fe­bru­ary that she was preg­nant, the ac­tress/event host/courtside re­porter/ yoga teacher/busi­ness­woman was caught off guard.

“I’m mildly poly­cys­tic, so I have to reg­u­larly take the pill,” she told YeS! at the baby shower or­ga­nized by the stroller brand Aprica Philip­pines. She was re­fer­ring to the poly­cys­tic ovary syn­drome, a con­di­tion in which women ex­pe­ri­ence ir­reg­u­lar men­strual pe­ri­ods.

erika re­called go­ing to the hospi­tal for a checkup on what she thought was ex­ces­sive stom­ach gas. but she ended up tak­ing the preg­nancy test, as it was manda­tory for fe­male pa­tients, and the re­sult showed she was five weeks in the fam­ily way.

Last Septem­ber 7, she gave birth to her first child with Jef­frey cari­aso, an ex-player in the Philip­pine basketball As­so­ci­a­tion (PbA), who’s now the as­sis­tant coach of the Alaska Aces team in the PbA. the cou­ple tied the knot in a civil wed­ding in the U.S. on June 20, 2017, and they will have a church wed­ding on July 22, 2018.

erika and Jef­frey have cho­sen to give their pan­ganay— a boy—the nick­name Jet be­cause Jef­frey went by the mon­icker “the Jet” when he was still play­ing in the PbA.

“Ang hope ko is that I re­ally be­come a bet­ter per­son, a big­ger per­son for my child and my hus­band,” erika said. “’Yong mas mag­ing re­spon­s­able pa akong tao.”

Bea Alonzo (left) joined in the par­lor game that had the par­tic­i­pants guess­ing the size of Erika’s waist­line. The Ka­pam­ilya star be­came friends with the first-time mom when they worked to­gether in A Beau­ti­ful Af­fair, the 2012 tele­serye in which Bea shared top billing with her peren­nial love-team part­ner John Lloyd Cruz. The two ac­tresses re­united this year in an­other tele­serye, A Love to Last, which had Ian Ven­era­cion as Bea’s lead­ing man. A Love to Last ended its eight-month run last Septem­ber 22.

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Flank­ing Jef­frey and Erika are Jef­frey’s chil­dren from his past mar­riage—King, 11 years old (left), and Aya Cari­aso, 17. The 30-year-old ac­tress is sim­ply Erika to her stepchil­dren. “Hindi Tita, kasi four­teen years lang ’yong ag­wat namin no’ng pan­ganay,” she ex­plained. There’s also a 14-year age gap be­tween Erika and hus­band Jef­frey.

“When Jeff and I got to­gether, four years na af­ter his sep­a­ra­tion [from his first wife]. So, okey na­man la­hat. I see my­self as a friend to them.”

Erika (third from left) with some of her guests: (L-R) Ap­ple David, Sel Gue­vara, Bea Alonzo, Ka­t­rina Lotho, Jap Pare­des Molina, Jap’s daugh­ter Lu­cia, and Greta Ila­gan.

The baby shower’s theme was in­spired by the Baby Greyson Jet’s nick­name, Jet. That’s why an im­age of a jet air­craft adorned these party treats: (L-R) cake by Swell Sweets Cake Lab, ce­ramic mugs by In­sta­mug, and throw pillows, also by In­sta­mug.

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