Ask any new mom and she will tell you how stressed she is raising a brand-new human, and how it is is no walk in the park.
So, as a society why can’t we just avoid the insane pressure put on new moms about getting their bodies to “bounce back” after giving birth? Some new moms undergo a lot of struggle and depression because of post-pregnancy weight.
But, hardly they gather the courage to open up or share with someone how they feel.
But recently, Sameera Reddy, who is expecting her second child, took to Instagram to open up about her post-pregnancy weight loss struggle and depression.
She shared an image of herself from May 2015 right after the birth of her son, Hans Varde. The right side of the image shows the present Sameera, pregnant with her second child.
In the heart-touching post, she wrote,
“I touched 102 Kgs in May 2015,the month Hans was born and I’m not scared to admit it.
It took me to the deepest darkest places in my head. My confidence shattered.”
“And I couldn’t lose the weight for a year after because I was too scared to even step out.
I disappeared because I didn’t have the strength to be judged by the world after all the years of being glam and fit on screen. But the beautiful part is that you can only hit your lowest low to know you can absolutely climb out of that hole.
It’s a fight. A hard one.”
She also said,
“Took me 2 years more to lose the weight and to step out and face the world again but I wish I had the courage then.
I did it naturally with no fad diets, no easy way out.
Only with a dedicated workout, yoga, pilates and strength training. It’s important for me to post this now because I need women to know the struggle is real.
The mood swings, hormonal changes and losing your body shape can mess with your mind.
It’s a superficial world and people can be hurtful if you don’t keep up.
But the key is to be fearless.
Only you can get out of that rut. It’s yours to change. Be brave. You can move mountains if you just will it.”
She thanked people who were part of her journey,
“Special thanks to the best workout crew who also gave me the physical & emotional strength to get fit again @yogabypramila @adishroff @ivan_ultimatefitness @nyelakapadia & Kaizen Motafram my Pilates guru! love you guys.”
Inspired by the brave and courageous post, many new moms came forward to share their story:
At IFORHER, we do believe that Fitness should be a priority. But for us, Fitness doesn’t mean fitting in society’s standards of how one should look.
And fitness is not just about body weight, it is about mental peace and calm.
Motherhood isn’t easy. But, new age moms like Sameera are finding their own voice to shun the negative voices of society.
They are busy loving themselves and paving their own path to a healthy, happy and hopeful life.
If you are one such mother, please share your story, and inspire other moms through our platform!