Now for the first time, since Samisha’s birth, Shilpa Shetty has come forward and opened up about her choice, and the struggles they had while trying to conceive.
While sharing about her struggle to conceive, choice of surrogacy, motherhood struggles, Shilpa Shetty recently spoke to Pinkvilla. Talking about how she always wanted a sibling for her son, Shilpa said,
“After Viaan, I did want to have another child for the longest time. But I suffered from an auto immune disease called APLA and that came into play every time I get pregnant. So I had a couple of miscarriages so it was a genuine issue.”
APLA is a disorder in which the immune system mistakenly attacks normal proteins in the blood. The syndrome can cause blood clots to form within the arteries, veins, and organs. It can also cause miscarriage and stillbirth in pregnant women.
Shilpa explained that she also tried adoption.
“I didn’t want Viaan to grow up as a single child, because I’m also one of two and I know how important it is to have a sibling. Coming from that thought, I did explore other ideas as well but that didn’t pan out well. At a time when I wanted to adopt, I had put in my name and everything was underway. But then, the Christian missionary shut down because they had a tiff with Kara. I waited for nearly four years and then, I was so irritated and we decided to try the surrogacy route,”
She earlier shared with HT, that Samisha was born after three attempts.
“We had been trying for second child for five years. I had signed Nikamma and had committed my dates to Hungama when I got the news that in February, we were going to be parents again. We cleared our work schedules for the whole month,”
At IFORHER, we admire Shilpa Shetty for coming forward to speak about her choices and stand by them. It is heartbreaking to see how society, without knowing their reasons, was quick to judge Shilpa Shetty and her husband’s choice to have a baby through surrogacy.
Dear Society, please stop judging people, especially women for their choices. Because, in the end, their babies are their business, not yours!