By Shreya Sharma Last Updated:
Rupali Ganguly is a brilliant actor. Be it her portrayal of ‘Monisha Sarabhai’ in the show, Sarabhai vs Sarabhai or her portrayal of ‘Anupamaa’ in the show, Anupamaa, she has proved the mettle of her acting and has shown her versatility. In 2013, Rupali had tied the knot with her long-time friend, Ashwin K Verma, whom she had known for 12 years. In 2015, Rupali had embraced motherhood and had welcomed a baby boy, Rudransh. After delivering her baby boy, Rupali had taken a sabbatical from acting. It is after seven years that she has made her comeback into acting with her popular show, Anupamaa.
Rupali is a hands-on mother, who dotes on her son, Rudransh. On March 21, 2021, Rupali had taken to her IG handle and had shared adorable selfies with her sonshine. Calling him a miracle baby, Rupali had written, “You are my Sonshine… You are my Sun, my Moon, and my Star. I love u so much that I wish I had two hearts to love u more my Baby. My miracle - My Rudransh. Baapu ka beta.”
In a conversation with Bollywood Bubble, Rupali Ganguly talked about how she had a low fertility count and yet she had conceived her son naturally. She said, “Women get judged no matter what and it completely fiddles your brain. Initially, I was told I had low fertility counts so that led to certain complications. I did consult quite a few gynaecologists and we’ll miracles do happen. It was a natural conceiving and normal delivery. I was overwhelmed because God was kind to me. About judging, no one did because no one was aware of it except me and my then-boyfriend. We did tests and we got married and Rudransh happened. Nobody knew about it to judge me.”
Rupali then shared that she judged herself for not being able to breastfeed her son as she was not lactating, which took a mental toll on her. She added, “But, after having the baby, I don’t know if I should be talking about it. But to all women out there I want to say that it is okay if you have trouble conceiving, the important thing is for your child to be healthy. Do not call yourself out or berate yourself if you are unable to do anything. There is this thing that Mother’s milk is the best milk for the child and a lot of things about it… but I did not lactate. Hence, I was obsessed and was judging myself that I failed as a mother of I could not even do this basic thing for my child. It kind of mentally took a toll on me.”
Rupali also shared that it was her husband, Ashwini, who made her feel comfortable and understand that she is not a bad mother if she cannot breastfeed her baby. She shared, “As a mother, you want to do so much for your kid but it is okay, just being a mother is enough. Stop calling yourself out. When Rudransh would roll out of the bed and hurt himself, I would feel I failed as a mother, I am a bad mother. No, It is only after a while I understood I need to stop doing that. My husband supported me. He told me, It is okay. There is no issue if your son is on that milk powder, don’t kill yourself over it.”
Earlier, in an interview with RJ Siddharth Kannan, Rupali had talked about the difficulties she had faced while conceiving her son, Rudransh. Revealing her health problems, Rupali had said, “I had major thyroid issues, so your fertility count does go down. There were issues and I did consult a lot of doctors. My son is no less than a miracle for me.”
We are grateful to Rupali for sharing her story as it will inspire many mothers to understand that it is okay if you are not being able to breastfeed!