Best-known for her role in the film Race, actress Sameera Reddy is expecting her second child with husband Akshai Varde. Recalling her struggle with post pregnancy days depression, Reddy has revealed that she was “a mess” after the birth of her son Hans in 2015, reports news agency IANS. Before giving birth to her second child, she has snow opened up about post-pregnancy depression, alopecia and more.
Surely parenthood comes with its ups and downs but Sameera says her first pregnancy left her feeling vulnerable since she weighed close to 102 kilos after the birth of her son. However, motherhood was an absolute blessing for her, despite being depressed she was a good mother, she claimed.
Talking about her mental health, she said, “I would leave the house and they said, ‘Is this Sameera Reddy? What happened to her?’ That pushed me into a further hole.” Sameera said there came a point when she couldn’t bear any glare. “Everyone knew I was feeling depressed, but I was a good mother. ”
Everyone knew I was feeling depressed, but I was a good mother. – Sameera Reddy
We have seen Sameera in films such as Taxi Number 9211 and Plan. Sameera got married to businessman Akshai Varde in 2014. She delivered her first baby, a son in 2015. “I got pregnant in just a couple of months after my marriage. The game plan was to have the pregnancy and bounce back and getting in the limelight again. But I have never experienced anything like that… It was just the opposite,” she expressed.
Sameera further added, “To top it all, I got this auto ailment called Alopecia areata, which made me lose patches of my hair after almost six months of giving birth. But it did not have anything to do with my pregnancy.”
“It was the worst case scenario of what I could’ve imagined in terms of my body and the way I fell apart as a person because the pregnancy was very tough for me,” Sameera told.
Last month, Sameera claimed that everyone cannot be like actress Kareena Kapoor Khan, who returned to her usual figure post-pregnancy in no time. It’s not as glamorous as it looks she claimed.
Sameera Reddy also said that she worked very hard to bounce back. “I worked very hard. I got help in terms of therapy and understood that I was lost and confused as a person… What I was as an actor and where I am today as a mother and a wife,” she said.
There is so much pressure upon us as actors or people in the public eye to portray we have this unreal life. I was also buying into it and trying to provide to it as an actor. – Sameera Reddy
Sameera said she “fell-apart as a person” post-pregnancy so couldn’t come back into showbiz. In retrospect, Sameera said that she feels it was a “cowardly act.”
“There is so much pressure upon us as actors or people in the public eye to portray we have this unreal life. I was also buying into it and trying to provide to it as an actor. I was also trying to keep up with that and say, ‘Hey! look at me, I am so perfect’. (But) I was the poster girl of what a pregnancy shouldn’t be,” she added.
However, this time, Sameera says she is embracing pregnancy and how “she has a bump and a bit of weight that will come on,” adding, “I will not look glamorous all the time. But I wanted to come out and say Hey! it’s okay to be like this.”
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