Sameera Reddy: ‘I felt completely disillusioned and broken after being pregnant the first time’
Sameera Reddy has revealed that she suffered from post-partum depression after her first pregnancy and kept thinking something was wrong with her.Updated: Nov 27, 2019 10:23 IST
During her second pregnancy and post her delivery, actor Sameera Reddy was quite vocal about her experiences. She also urged women, especially new-mothers to love themselves, for the way they are.
Sameera even started a campaign, #ImperfectlyPerfect, on social media and continues to build on it. Talking about it, she reveals, “My campaign comes from the fact that I felt completely disillusioned and broken after being pregnant the first time when I gained weight and was 105 kgs. The perfect body and the perfect face that I worked on, for my film career, broke apart and I was completely lost.” She points out that she couldn’t understand why people were judging her so much.
She adds, “I also realised the importance of self-acceptance and really loving yourself which is lacking in today’s day and age. Moreover, social media has made this anxiety worse. My campaign aims at combating this feeling and creating awareness that everything may look picture perfect on social media, but it isn’t necessarily true. Internal happiness matters the most.” Post the birth of her second child, daughter Nyra, Sameera’s life has been “extremely hectic”. She points out that she was “more prepared” this time as she also has a four-year-old son, Hans.
Many new mothers suffer from post-partum depression and Sameera, too, experienced it after her first pregnancy. “Back then, I didn’t even realise I was suffering post-partum. When I complained that I was emotional, moody and feeling very disconnected, I was told, that they were the pregnancy blues. I went with that and kept thinking something is wrong with me. But later, when I consulted a doctor and opened up about my negative thoughts and how I was often feeling extremely low, that was when I was told that I had postpartum depression. As I waited too long to open up and get a diagnosis, it took me almost a year to get out of it,” she admits.
With her second pregnancy, she was prepared and had a change in her attitude and perspective towards her body. She says, “This time, I was vocal and I wanted to help new mothers realise when and if they were slipping into it. It’s nothing to be ashamed of,” she signs off.
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