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Bollywood actress and mother of two, Sameera Reddy, who is 42 years old, has redefined motherhood for many mommies. The gorgeous diva not only defied all the societal notions when it comes to flaunting the baby bump, but she has also been talking about her postpartum depression and weight gain. Recently, Sameera shared how her second pregnancy was different from the first.
Sameera Reddy and her husband, Akshai Varde had welcomed their baby girl on July 12, 2019. Since then, they are on cloud nine as the entire family, (including their first child, Hans Varde) is busy taking care of the little one. Sameera had always stated that she wants a better world for her daughter and that's the reason why she is keen on changing the meaning of beauty for many of us.
Sameera's IG feed is an inspiration for many moms and moms-to-be as she openly talks about unsaid issues and concerns. Recently, in an interview with Humans of Bombay, Sameera opened up on her first pregnancy and revealed that when she had gotten pregnant with her son, Hans, she had thought that she will be like 'page-3 mothers' and will flaunt her baby bump. But by the end of her pregnancy, she was 105 kilos and her dream of being a yummy mummy was shattered.
Sameera also talked about her postpartum depression and said, "9 months later, I weighed 105 kgs. And even as I held my gorgeous son, I didn’t feel happy; I slipped into postpartum depression.
Akshai, my husband did it all–from changing the diapers to feeding the baby. And all I could think was how other actresses could bounce back in just a month! My mom-in-law said, ‘Your baby is healthy, you have a supportive husband, why are you upset?’ I had no answer. After I was discharged, I cried; I also felt guilty for not being there for Hans."
Sameera further added, "This continued for a year–I’d break down often. I was completely cut off from the film industry. I still weighed 105 kgs & was diagnosed with Alopecia areata; patches of hair fell out of my head. That’s when I realized mine was a deeper problem; I approached a homoeopath. We addressed it all–being an overweight child, the pressure of growing up with 2 talented sisters & an industry which constantly scrutinises you. By the end, I felt like a new person. So, after 2 years of disappearing from everywhere, I joined social media. Even then, I’d be asked–‘Are you going to be a yummy mummy or will you be ‘Sexy Sam’ again?’ But I refused to live a lie just to get followers!"
Sameera revealed how she tried changing the notion surrounding motherhood during her second pregnancy. She said, "in 2018, when I was pregnant with Nyra, I told myself, ‘I’m going to do this my way.’ I was 40, scared & bloated but I was determined to do everything that I’d missed out on before–I spoke about mood swings, & when I was 8 months pregnant, I did an underwater bikini shoot. That’s when women said to me, ‘You inspire me’. I even tell my kids–‘Be whatever you want, but be honest to yourself.’ So, that’s what I’m doing; I remember, there was a time when even the slightest bulge under my underarms would bother people, including me. But now, who cares? I’m 42, chubby & fabulous!"
Well, Sameera Reddy is definitely an inspiration for many moms! What do you think?