By Akanksha Gupta Last Updated:
It’s been raining babies and baby announcements for our television and B-town celebrities these past few months! From Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli, Kareena Kapoor Khan-Saif Ali Khan to Anita Hassanandani-Rohit Reddy, Karanvir Bohra-Teejay Sidhu, Nakuul Mehta-Jankee Parekh and a lot more celeb couples, the couples have experienced the joy of parenthood with the arrival of their little munchkins. Another TV celeb couple, who is all set to experience the joy of parenthood is none other than Kishwer Merchantt and Suyyash Rai. It was in August 2020 when Suyyash and Kishwer were rumoured to be expecting their first child but the couple had clarified the reports to be false. (Also Read: Yuvraj Singh's Wife Hazel Keech's Birthday Bash Pictures Spark Her Pregnancy Rumours, Netizens React)
Finally, on March 2, 2021, Kishwer Merchantt and Suyyash Rai took to their IG handles to share the ‘good news’ of their lives. To announce that they’re expecting their first child, Kishwer and Suyyash posted a romantic picture from the beach, in which he could be seen sitting on his knees holding his wife as she cradled her baby bump. With 'August 2021' engraved on the sand and a pair of baby shoes placed near it, the sunset made the picture even more breathtaking. While Kishwer captioned her post as "You can now stop asking, 'When are you guys gonna have a baby?' Coming soon ... #august2021 #sukishkababy", Suyyash wrote, "Mai tere bacche ka baap banne wala hun, Kishwer! Coming this August."
It was in 2016 when Kishwer Merchantt and Suyyash Rai had tied the knot and now, finally, after four years of marital bliss, the couple is all set to embrace parenthood and step into the next phase of their lives. Though it is a ‘pleasant surprise’ that Suyyash and Kishwer are expecting their first child, it came as a ‘big shocker’ for the couple in the beginning. In an interview with the Pinkvilla, Suyyash and Kishwer spoke at length about their first reactions on the pregnancy, if they want a boy or a girl, their journeys till now as mommy-to-be and daddy-to-be, her cravings and the stigma attached to the woman’s age of becoming a mother.
To begin with, the to-be parents, Kishwer Merchantt and Suyyash Rai expressed their feelings on embracing parenthood soon. While the mommy-to-be said, "It's amazing, I just can't describe it in words. I mean, after all, it's my first baby! I am super nervous too as it's my first time and I don't really know what to do. But thankfully we have our family, friends who have kids to guide us better. So I am sure it will be sorted", the daddy-to-be continued, "It's a beautiful feeling, I can't express in words. I mean I am super nervous and tensed too but moreover, it's a fabulous feeling." (Also Read: 9 Months Pregger Harshdeep Kaur Twins Her Night Suit With Hubby, Mankeet Singh, Flaunts Baby Bump)
Recalling when she came to know about her pregnancy and how it turned from a ‘big shocker’ to a ‘pleasant surprise’ for them, Kishwer Merchantt said, "So we got to know about our pregnancy on the 17th of January and by then I was already two-months pregnant but I just didn't realize it all. It was when I started feeling tired and low that it struck me that probably pregnancy could be the reason behind my lethargy. I got Suyyash to get the home pregnancy testing kits and that's when we got to know that I was expecting. It came as a shocker for us initially as we weren't expecting it at all. We hadn't planned it. It was like a big shocker in the beginning but it gradually turned into a pleasant surprise." Suyyash Rai affirmed saying that they are really looking forward to the new chapter of their lives, "It was a shocker for us first when we got to know about the baby but we now believe that it's a gift from God, it's his blessing. We really want to enjoy the new chapter of our life."
Speaking about the stigma attached to a woman’s age of embracing motherhood, Kishwer Merchantt, who is 40, feels that it is absolutely fine to plan a family when one feels right and not according to society. Breaking the stigma, Kishwer said, "I have conceived naturally at 40 and I don't think that age is a major problem in today's era in terms of conceiving. Nobody can say that in my case I mean, as I said I conceived naturally at 40 and I think it's fantastic. I believe 40 is the new 30. There's nothing to worry about is what I really want to tell women. You can get married at 35, 36 or whenever like I did and have your babies too whenever you feel like. Yes, that's a different story if you want to be a young mother, then you will have to plan accordingly but otherwise, I don't think there is any need to succumb under any norm or pressure."
When asked, “So are there any cravings?!” Kishwer Merchantt retorted, "Honestly, there are no cravings at all. I feel it's just a myth, aisa kuch nahi horaha mujhe toh atleast." Suyyash Rai added that though they both want a healthy baby irrespective of its gender but somewhere deep down in his heart, he hopes for a boy. Suyyash said, "Well we want a healthy baby but if I have to make a choice then I am slightly vouching for a boy. Also because I really will get him to play cricket and do those things that I missed out on as a child. And Kishwer wants a girl. But moreover, I just want my child to be happy, healthy, and grow up in a nice and joyous environment." (Also Read: Madhuri Dixit Is Looking Like A Gorgeous Mommy Of Two In This Unseen Picture Shared By Shriram Nene)
Heartiest congratulations to Suyyash and Kishwer!