To-be second time mother Sameera Reddy is the very actress that was last seen in Priyadarshan’s Tezz. She gave birth to her first child, a boy in 2015. During an interaction with IANS recently, she shared some recent happenings of her personal life. She told how post her first pregnancy, she was torn between the reality and the pressure to portray an “unreal life” as a celebrity. She also shared the details of her fight with depression, that was caused due to her being ridiculed for gaining weight after the first delivery.
These were Sameera’s exact words in the interview to IANS,
“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.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.”
But Sameera learned her lesson the very first time and this time when she is expecting again, this to be the second time mother is ready for the battle. Her befitting reply to the trolls was that everyone cannot be like actress Kareena Kapoor Khan, the mother who returned to her svelte figure post-pregnancy in no time. And that giving birth to a child will give you a bump for sure and that weight gain is normal and not an unhealthy part of any pregnancy. She also said,
“I will not look glamorous all the time. But I wanted to come out and say Hey! it’s okay to be like this.”
Admitting that being the mother for the first time in her life did take a toll on her health.
“I had placenta previa, which had me on bed rest for almost four to five months after the pregnancy. I just started putting on weight and falling into some kind of place in my head because it went from shows, award functions and a glamorous lifestyle to just not being able to handle what pregnancy was doing to me.”
“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 I am so perfect’. (But) I was the poster girl of what a pregnancy shouldn’t be,”
Opening about her battle with depression, 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 she couldn’t bear any glare. “Everyone knew I was feeling depressed, but I was a good mother. 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.”
But this to-be second-time mother never gave up.
“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.”