By Akanksha Gupta Last Updated:
Motherhood is the most beautiful phase in a woman's life as after nine months of a roller-coaster pregnancy phase, the joy of holding her own child, her own creation, is unmatched! But delivering a baby isn't a cakewalk. There are majorly two ways to give birth to a child. One is the natural way (vaginal delivery) and the other is the Caesarean delivery, also called C-section. In the C-section method of delivery, the babies are delivered surgically through incisions in the abdomen and uterus. C-section is opted by mothers or prescribed by gynaecologists to the expecting woman, whose vaginal delivery would risk the mother or her child's health.
For some women, who expect or wish to have a normal delivery, C-section comes as a disappointment as it is followed by the worries of surgery and a longer and tougher post-delivery recovery period. But while some opt for elective C-section delivery, others' medical conditions decide which method of delivery they will have to go for. Celebrities are no exception. Here's the list of Bollywood celebrity mothers, who opted for the C-section to give birth to their babies.
Miss Universe 2000 and Bollywood actress, Lara Dutta added Bhupathi to her name when she had exchanged wedding vows in 2011 with Mahesh Bhupathi, the first Indian to win a Grand Slam tournament. The same year, Lara had confirmed that she is pregnant with her first child. On January 20, 2012, Lara and Mahesh were blessed with a baby girl, Saira Bhupathi. True to her name, 'Saira' is nothing less than a 'princess' and Lara is a hands-on mother to her baby girl.
Reportedly, because of the way her baby was positioned inside her womb, Lara Dutta Bhupathi had to go for a C-section delivery to bring her baby girl into this world.
The fittest mommy in town, Shilpa Shetty Kundra embraced motherhood for the first time when she and her husband, Raj Kundra welcomed a baby boy, Viaan Raj Kundra into their lives. It was on May 21, 2012, when Shilpa and Raj were blessed with their first child and with his birth, Shilpa had felt the birth of her 'new me'. Shilpa went through a C-section to deliver Viaan and since then, her life has been revolving around him.
Viaan Raj Kundra became a big brother in 2020 when Shilpa Shetty Kundra and Raj Kundra welcomed their second child, a baby girl, Samisha Shetty Kundra via surrogacy. After the birth of Viaan, Shilpa went through postpartum depression but she bounced back in about two weeks. During her pregnancy, Shilpa had gained 32kgs and post-delivery, she had put on two more kilos. The reason behind opting for surrogacy for their second child was that Shilpa suffered a couple of miscarriages due to an autoimmune disease called APLA. It was after a couple of miscarriages and three attempts that Shilpa and Raj completed their family with their baby girl's arrival.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge fame, Mandira Bedi had found her 'opposite' partner, Rraj Kaushal and it had taken them just three meetings to realise they're made for each other. Mandira and Rraj embarked on their journey of 'happily ever after' in February 1999 and 12 years into married life, the couple welcomed their first child, Vir Kaushal. Mandira had undergone C-section to deliver her son and revealing how she could not exercise to shed off her 22 kgs pregnancy weight, the fitness freak mommy had said in an interview with India Today:
"The needle was stuck there-it was frustrating. I had a C-section so I couldn't exercise, my doctor gave me 40 days to even start doing my daily walks. I counted the days and on the 41st day, I was walking on Carter Road."
Nine years after their son, Vir Kaushal's birth, Mandira Bedi and Rraj Kaushal welcomed a baby girl, Tara Bedi Kaushal via adoption, who completed their family.
It was in 2008 when ace choreographer and director, Farah Khan Kunder had welcomed her triplets, daughters, Diva Kunder and Anya Kunder, and son, Czar Kunder via IVF at the age of 43. Four years after their married life, Farah and her husband, Shirish Kunder's happiness tripled with the arrival of their triplets. Reportedly, Farah had delivered her triplets via a C-section delivery. Kudos to her to opt for C-section and deliver triplets!
Farah Khan had conceived her triplets via In vitro fertilization (IVF) at the age of 43 and since then, she has been openly talking about the process to encourage women, who cannot conceive naturally to consider other alternatives.
Yet another celeb mother, who opted for C-section to deliver her babies is an Indian entrepreneur and CEO of Sanjay Dutt Productions, Maanayata Dutt. She is the wife of Bollywood actor, Sanjay Dutt. It was on February 7, 2008, when Sanjay and Maanayata had tied the knot and two years later, on October 21, 2010, she had given birth to twins, Shahraan Dutt and Iqra Dutt through C-section.
Begum of Bollywood, adorably called Bebo, Kareena Kapoor Khan is the next addition to this list. It was in 2012 when Saif Ali Khan had tied the knot with his Tashan co-star, Kareena Kapoor and their royal union had become the wedding of the decade! Four years later, in 2016, Saif and Kareena had welcomed their first child, who became a sensation in no time, Taimur Ali Khan. In an interview with The Quint, Kareena had spoken about delivering her firstborn, Taimur via Caesarean delivery. She was quoted as saying:
"I actually had to have a Caesarean delivery because his head was down. He had already turned very fast. So, he was ready to come out, it was very low. I was very hyper. I was getting anxiety during the labour so they had to perform a C-section. I think with women, sometimes you know, it depends because maybe you know you do get like anxiety. Like I would get extra anxious. Maybe I would scream I don’t know, but yeah, maybe a little exaggeration is done. Of course, not denying that."
More than four years later, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan welcomed their second child, a baby boy in February 2021 and this time too, Bebo had a Caesarean delivery. Kareena's father, Randhir Kapoor, in an interview with ETimes, had revealed that she had given birth to her second child via a C-section delivery.
Some Bollywood actresses leave a great legacy behind them, and Kajol Devgan tops the list. Kajol had tied the knot with her longtime actor-beau, Ajay Devgn on February 24, 1999. In 2001, Kajol was pregnant with her first child but suffered an unfortunate miscarriage. In 2003, Ajay and Kajol had embraced parenthood when their daughter, Nysa Devgan was born. Seven years later, on September 13, 2010, Kajol and Ajay had welcomed their second child, Yug Devgan in their lives and reportedly, the little one was delivered through C-section.
She is 47, but doesn't look like a mom at all, especially the one, who had delivered her first child almost 19 years ago! Malaika Arora had married Bollywood actor, producer and director, Arbaaz Khan in 1998 and the couple had embraced parenthood on November 09, 2002, when their son, Arhaan Khan was born. Even though there is no official confirmation, but reportedly, Arhaan is a caesarean baby.
Though Malaika Arora and Arbaaz Khan were granted divorce in 2017, they have been co-parenting their son, Arhaan Khan.
It was on May 15, 2016, when Amrita Rao and Anmol had tied the knot in an intimate wedding ceremony and just like their relationship, the news of their marriage was also a pleasant surprise for their fans. After more than four years of married life, Amrita and Anmol had hopped on to the journey of parenthood with the arrival of their son, Veer in November 2020. In a post-delivery interview with the DNA, Amrita had spoken about baby blues after giving birth to her son, Veer and revealed that she had a C-section delivery, as planned. Amrita had said:
"Yes, with no house help around, we did not even have the maid during the lockdown. So that threw everybody off balance. You have to do things that you were not used to. My family's really stepped in to help. Also, I planned for a C section delivery. So, post that you're not physically strong enough to carry the baby and move around for at least three months, do a lot of things by yourself. So at that time, you really need the help of your husband, in my case, it was Anmol, my mom or his mom because, without that, you can't plan a C section and deliver. Yes, you get thrown out a little bit, mentally, it's like a shock. Suddenly you get all shook up because your life is not about yourself, you can do anything you want to do at your will or your time. Even drinking a cup of tea is impossible because now it's all about manoeuvring your life and your time table and clock around the baby's requirements. So yes, it is a shock and initially when you're recovering from your surgery, you do get all worked up and stressed, especially the night duties, it all comes up. Then the pandemic really added to that. But each day as it comes, family support, a positive husband has really helped. I have a wonderful baby too, actually."
Thoda Sa Pyaar Hua Hai, Thoda Hai Baaki… Sameera Reddy rose to fame with her enchanting smile in this song from the film, Maine Dil Tujhko Diya. Sameera had fallen in love with Akshai Varde, Founder/CEO of Vardenchi Motorcycles and in 2014, the couple had exchanged wedding vows. A year later, Sameera and Akshai became parents to a baby boy, Hans Varde and in 2019, their family was completed with the arrival of their daughter, Nyra Varde. In a social media post, Sameera had flaunted her swollen tummy after delivering her second child via C-section.
Highlighting the silver lining, Sameera Reddy had captioned her post as:
"As part of my #imperfectlyperfect campaign I promised I’d share my postpartum journey so here goes. It’s really damn hard on the body when it’s a c section because the stitches hurt like mad. Nothing can ready you for the sleepless nights of endless feeding and your body just feels so out of whack it can really get you down. The tummy swelling takes a while to go and this is day 5 post-delivery. I’m thrilled to have my daughter in my arms but I can’t help but feel hormonally challenged because of all the changes. It all bounces back and that’s the silver lining!"
Enjoying the marital bliss for a year, Shahid Kapoor and his wife, Mira Rajput Kapoor conceived their first child in 2016. Shahid and Mira became parents for the first time in 2016 with the arrival of their little angel, Misha Kapoor. It was a difficult pregnancy for Mira when she had conceived Misha and she had spoken about the same quite a few times in interviews. Two years later, in 2018, Misha became a big sister as Shahid and Mira welcomed a baby boy, Zain Kapoor, into their lives. Reportedly, Mira had given birth to Zain via caesarean delivery.
It was on November 18, 2014, when Salman Khan's sister, Arpita Khan had added the surname ‘Sharma’ to her name with her marriage to a Himachal boy, Aayush Sharma, who is the son of the politician, Anil Sharma. In less than two years, on March 30, 2016, Arpita and Aayush were blessed with a baby boy, whom they named Ahil Sharma. Three years later, in 2019, Arpita and Aayush were expecting their second child and were due in December. The couple had planned to have a C-section delivery on Arpita's brother, Salman's birthday to give the superstar the best gift of his life.
On December 27, 2019, Arpita Khan Sharma and Aayush Sharma had welcomed their princess, Ayat Sharma, who shares her birthday with her mamu, Salman Khan. Since it was a planned C-section delivery, the Khan-Sharma family was present at the Hinduja Healthcare Surgical, where Arpita had given birth to Ayat. In an interview with the Hindustan Times, why welcoming Ayat Sharma in this world on Salman Khan’s birthday meant special for the family, Aayush had revealed:
"The due date was last week of December or first week of January. When we told this to everyone, Bhai (as Salman is lovingly called) was excited and said 'give me a gift'. So, it was a conscious decision to bring Ayat into this world on that day. It is a very good omen to have her on Bhai's birthday."
Bollywood singer and daughter of T-series fame, Gulshan Kumar, Tulsi Kumar had walked down the aisle with the love of her life, Hitesh Ralhan, on February 22, 2015. Two years later, Tulsi and Hitesh welcomed their first child, Shivaay Ralhan. After 17 months of delivering Shivaay, Tulsi Kumar had shredded those extra kilos and revealing that her journey was a gradual one, Tulsi had also mentioned in her post that she delivered her first child via C-section.
Flaunting her 'finally back in shape' look, Tulsi Kumar had expressed her thoughts in the caption which could be read as:
"There is nothing more fulfilling than being a mother. But it comes with its own challenges - One of them is carrying all the extra pounds. Feels amazing to finally be back in shape after almost one and a half year of my son Shivaay's birth. The journey of shedding weight has been a slow and gradual one for me as I went through a C -Section but a regular exercise regime, determination and patience make you win over everything and anything. To all new mommies out there, If I Can, U all surely Can. My motherhood inspired me to do this. #ConquerYourFears #NothingIsImpossible #tulsikumar."
It was in 2010 when ace Indian tennis player, Sania Mirza and Pakistani cricketer and former captain of the team, Shoaib Malik had blurred the geographical lines between the two nations by saying Qubool Hai in an intimate nikaah ceremony. Eight years into marital bliss, Sania and Shoaib had embraced parenthood with the arrival of their 'Baby Mirza Malik'. Revealing that she had undergone C-section to deliver her son, Izhaan Mirza Malik, Sania, when asked how she had planned to become her fit self again, had retorted, in a 2019 interview with India Today:
"I've already started work in the gym although for another month, I have only been allowed aerobic training since I had a C-section. I will start working with my physical trainer, Robert Ballard from the middle of February and possibly if things go smoothly I would be able to get back onto the practice courts in the first week of April. I will probably need another 6 months to achieve match fitness - but all this is assuming that everything goes well and my body responds positively to the workload."
It doesn't matter if a woman gives birth to her child via normal delivery or C-section as in the end, all that matters is giving birth to a healthy baby and experiencing the joy of motherhood. Kudos to every mother, irrespective of how they got their little ones out, they have done a brilliant job!