In October 2022, actress Jackie Matubia underwent a weight loss procedure where she swallowed a silicone balloon in the form of a pill in an effort to reduce her weight.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Intragastric balloon placement is a weight loss procedure that involves placing a saline-filled balloon in your stomach.
This helps one lose weight by limiting how much one eats and makes one feel fuller and faster.
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The procedure is done where the doctor advances a thin tube loaded with the intragastric balloon down your throat into the stomach.
An endoscope is then advanced down the throat into the stomach to allow the doctor to see the balloon as he or she fills it with saline.
Jackie Matubia had this procedure done months after she gave birth in June 2022 to her first child with actor Blessing Lung’aho.
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They both have one child from previous relationships.
Speaking exclusively to Nairobi News on November 25, 2022, Matubia gave her sentiments on conceiving again after undergoing the procedure, which she said cost her Sh 500,000.
She first clarified that the balloon procedure comes out after four months from the installation date and nothing prevents one from conceiving again because nothing surgical is done to a patient.
“You’re asking me a question even me myself I’ve not asked myself. My girl is young so why am I thinking about having another kid right now?
I haven’t thought about it and it has not crossed my mind,” said Matubia when asked about the possibility of having more children after undergoing such an expensive procedure.
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Matubia had the procedure done when she weighed in at 105.5kg and lost seven kilograms in the first week after swallowing the inflated silicone pill.
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Two months later, she updated her followers that she had moved from 105 kilograms to 93.3 thanks to the balloon. Having done the procedure so soon after giving birth, she revealed to her followers that she was not exclusively breastfeeding her baby.
Her target weight is 75 kilograms, her pre-baby weight before she conceived her second child but she was confident she would lose much more than she anticipated by December 2022.
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