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A lot has been said and written about how a celebrity mother has to get rid of her post-pregnancy weight as soon as possible to avoid the judgement and trolls. But just as much as it is important for the celeb mommies to maintain the ‘perfect’ figure, it is equally important for an athlete to get back to their fit self and resume their careers. It doesn’t matter if you are a celebrity or a sportswoman, a newbie mother must gradually in the most natural way, try to lose their post-pregnancy weight and get fit for no one but herself! The struggles of being a mother are real and while weight gain and stretch marks are temporary, the permanent badge of honour is your little one by your side. (Also Read: Geeta Phogat's Son Arjun's 'Dangal' Ready Pictures Prove He Will Follow The Footsteps Of His Parents)
It was in September 2019 when India’s first female wrestler to compete at the Olympic Games and bring home gold, Geeta Phogat and her Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, Haryana-based husband, Pawan Kumar Saroha had announced that they were pregnant. And in December, the couple was blessed with a baby boy, whom they have named Arjun Saroha. Since the little one’s birth, Geeta and Pawan have been posting glimpses of their parenthood phase and how they are making the most of their time with Arjun.
Post delivering a child, the mommy not only wants to cherish every single moment spend with her little one and puts everything on a backseat with her kid getting the priority and attention, but she also waits for the right time to come for her to resume her work. Geeta Phogat is no different as she is hoping to get back to her fit self as being an athlete, that’s the most important for her. Posting a then-and-now collage with her May 2019 and May 2020 pictures, Geeta wrote, “I just can't wait to get myself back into shape because I love fitness. I want to be more, fit and stronger #Back2fitness get moving, stay on track and meet your goal” as her caption.
Geeta Phogat had resumed her workout and fitness regime when her son, Arjun Saroha had turned four-month-old but had to pause it. Revealing the reason, Geeta had shared in an interview with the Hindustan Times, “Pregnancy ke baad I have gained 25 kg weight. Main ek athlete hun aur mai fit body mein confident mehsoos karti hun. Is body main aisa nahi hai ki mujhe achha nahi lag raha, lekin main chahti hun ki main apni fitness barkarar rakhoon... So recently, when Arjun turned four and a half month, I resumed my workout. Usi time maine dekha ki Arjun ache se feed nahi le paa raha tha. Toh humare physiotherapist ne salah di ki abhi heavy exercises mat karo jab tak bachha breastfeed le raha hai. That’s why I had to pause my exercise regimen because right now my kid is very small and uski health meri health se zyaada important hai!” (Also Read: Geeta Phogat's Son Arjun Saroha's 'Jab We Met' Picture With His Nani Is All About Unconditional Love)
While Geeta Phogat had taken a break from her career to take care of her baby, her husband, Pawan Kumar Saroha had made everyone proud by winning a gold medal in National Championship in November 2019. And it was his proud wife, Geeta, who had taken to her IG handle to congratulate her ‘dear husband’. Posting pictures of Pawan posing with his medal, Geeta wrote, “Congratulations to my dear husband @pawankumar_saroha86 for winning Gold Medal in National Championship you deserve it Proud of you my love.”
In an interview with the Filmfare, Geeta Phogat had revealed the unknown details of her life that we haven’t seen in the film, Dangal, which is based on her life and struggles. Speaking of her childhood memories of training with her father, Mahavir Singh Phogat, Geeta had said, “It’s not possible to forget those initial 5-6 years of my training. Those were the most difficult years. We had to work really hard be it scorching heat or cold winters. My father used to wake us up at 3:30 in the morning and we had to practise in the akhada for three hours. Post which we went to school and on returning in the evening, we had to train again for 2-3 hours. The akhada and our father were the only two things we saw in our lives at that point.”
How they had spent those years thinking about survival and the thought of resting was ‘hanikarak’ for them, Geeta Phogat had continued, “After the morning training got over, all that was on our mind was the evening training. At the end of the day, all we could think about was the next day’s gruelling training and how we’d survive it. We spent those years just thinking about survival. Every time we thought about taking a break, our father would reprimand us by shouting out, ‘If a school going kid thinks of bunking school and if a person thinks of resting instead of working hard then that person will never achieve success in his or her life.’ The very thought of taking a rest was ‘hanikarak’ to our being. (Laughs) He demanded we keep working hard and the concept of slowing down just didn’t exist in his dictionary.” (Also Read: Smriti Khanna's Befitting Reply To Trolls, Who Targeted Her For Getting Back In Shape Post-Pregnancy)
Geeta Phogat has always been an inspiration for us, be it for her professional achievements or managing her personal life so perfectly!