If you observe Sameera Reddy on social media, you’d know that she retains sharing lovable and insightful posts about her life as a mom, elevating her two kids, and being actual and relatable about her struggles.
Now, on the event of Mother’s Day, the actor opened up about her expertise as a brand new mother, sharing how after the start of her first youngster, a boy, she skilled postpartum depression.
On the official Facebook web page of Humans of Bombay, the actor wrote that after she received pregnant, she had imagined herself “posing away for the shutterbugs with that perfect baby bump”. “My vision of motherhood came from the superficial glam world that I was from.”
The actor continued: “But 9 months later, I weighed 105 kgs. And even as I held my gorgeous son in hand, it was as if I had no reason to be happy. I slipped into postpartum depression.”
But, it was her husband Akshai who rose to the event, and “did everything, from changing the diapers to feeding the baby”. “And all I might take into consideration was how the opposite actresses might bounce again into enterprise in only a month!
“My mother-in-law kept telling me, ‘Your baby is healthy, you have such a supportive husband…why are you so upset?’ I had no answer. After I was discharged from the hospital, I came home and cried my eyes out. There was also this guilt that I wasn’t being there for my son.”
Reddy additional shared “this continued for over a year”, and she or he would “break down often”. “By then, I was completely cut off from the film industry; I hardly stepped out. I still weighed the same…105 kgs! And around that time, I was also diagnosed with Alopecia areata; patches of hair just fell out of my head.”
The actor then realised it was “a deeper problem”, and needed to do along with her “insecurities as an overweight child, the stammering, the pressure of growing up with two talented sisters and an industry which constantly holds you under scrutiny”. She addressed her points, and it helped her.
Two years after that, she joined social media. “Even then, agencies would ask me– ‘Are you going to be a yummy mummy, a yoga mummy or will you be ‘Sexy Sam’ again?’ But I decided I wouldn’t live a lie just to build my follower base!”
Reddy admitted that whereas she was “heavily trolled for not looking ‘perfect’”, it didn’t trouble her one bit. “And in 2018, once I was pregnant with my second youngster, Nyra, I instructed myself, ‘I’m going to do that my approach.’
“I was 40, scared and bloated but I was determined to do everything that I’d missed out on during my first pregnancy–I spoke about mood swings; showed off my fat thighs. And when I was 8 months pregnant, I got an underwater bikini shoot done. That was the time when women started writing to me saying, ‘You inspire me’, ‘I want to be like you.’”
Today, the actor has a loyal fan-base on social media, and is praised for her extra-relatable posts, and for showcasing her on a regular basis life. She wrote that she retains telling her kids to “be whatever you want, but be honest to yourself”.
“I remember, there used to be a time when even the slightest bulge under my underarms would bother so many people, including me. But now, who cares? I’m 42, chubby and fabulous!”
While Mother’s Day is a celebration, Reddy has actually and unabashedly celebrated herself at present, giving hope to so many ladies on how they’ll love themselves and keep body-positive.