"Tanda ko na para magulat pa, di ba, plinano ko talaga siya! Sunud-sunod na!" the celebrity mom said in jest. Kasi I'm 37. My first was 36. Kailangan ko ng four by 40, so kailangan every year, buntis ako. I came from a big family, so I want also marami kasi masaya."
PEP.ph caught up with Divine at Tang's #RealMomsGetItDone campaign event on March 27, in Makati City.
Divine wants her own family to have the same merry dynamic she has with her own siblings.
She continued, "Parang ako, I never need a party because kami pa lang magkakapatid plus mga jowa nila, ang dami na namin! We can't even book a restaurant. So when we go to the mall, kanya-kanyang kain 'tapos magkita na lang sa sine, ganun. Sanay na kami na, sige, watak-watak na, kung saan niyo gusto kumain. Saka ang hirap magpa-agree na isang restaurant lang lahat...
"Gusto ko talaga marami para masaya."
With the family goal of "4 by 40," is Divine only hoping for four kids?
She revealed, "By 40 lang yun. I really want a happy, magulo family. I think, for my age, mas acceptable yung four by 40. But kung kaya pa, why not, di ba?"
Divine and her husband Blake Go welcomed their first son Baz on May 5, 2018.
"Actually, yung bigat niya lang naman talaga yung problema ko," she shared about her first pregnancy. "Bigat kasi talaga ng anak ko. Pero, parang, when I had a son, inisip ko, 'Ha? Bakit ang tagal kong hinintay ito? Dapat nagpabuntis ako dati pa! Ang saya-saya pala!'"
On a serious note, Divine added, "For me, it's really a different kind of fulfillment. So, parang, gusto ko agad-agad magkaroon ng more kids. Alam mo, the joy they give is really something else."
While more and more women like Divine are giving birth at a later age, it is always best to be aware of the reality that there can be possible physical and emotional uncertainties with doing so.
FEU-NRMF Medical Center obstetrician-gynecologist Jennifer Co, M.D., and obstetrician gynecologist Maren Arabia, M.D. previously shared with Female Network that women who give birth at an advanced maternal age (35 years old and beyond) can be looking at risks that include "preeclampsia, which causes blood vessels to constrict and reduce blood flow to one’s vital organs as well as the baby’s", as well as "miscarriage due to the increased likelihood of chromosomal abnormalities".
But of course, it's not always doom and gloom. Getting pregnant late doesn't immediately mean that you'll have complications, as many women who have done so have gone through the process with very little or even without an issue. Proper planning is key, according to Olen Juarez Lim, who successfully gave birth to her fourth child in her 40s. At that age, she already knew what she wanted in life. "You’re more prepared. The parenting is better. The way you deal with things becomes better. It’s not like when I was younger, I was really getting into my career, ang dami ko pang inaasikaso. In your 40s, you already know what you’re going to do."
With additional reporting by Patricia Melliza.
This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.