“When someone recently commented on a picture of mine post a yoga class and said I looked fat, I realized how insensitive people can be even if a woman has just delivered.
“It got me thinking about how women must feel about (and deal with) changes in their body post delivery. Maybe their world shatters, maybe they feel so underconfident that getting back into fab shape starts feeling like a faraway dream.
“I want to share with you what I learned during my pregnancy and post delivery, my personal notes you can call them:
1. Work on getting fit even before you get pregnant. Since 2007, I have made a conscious effort to eat correctly, exercise and gen to eat correctly, exercise and generally lead a more disciplined life. When Rujuta Diwekar (nutritionist) and I started on this journey, marriage was not even on the cards, and pregnancy wasn’t even a faint idea in my heart; it started with getting in shape for a role and evolved into a lifestyle.
So, for you, if it starts with getting in shape for a wedding, job, holiday, choose your diet plan cautiously and ask yourself the big question -does it have the potential to evolve into a lifestyle?
And if it cannot and is something that’s just a two-day or a two-month affair, drop it. If I could shoot during pregnancy, walk the ramp and travel the world, it’s only because my body was healthy.
I look the way I do because I have been at it for a decade, and not because of what I did or didn’t do in the last two weeks or immediately post my delivery.
2. Pregnancy is a physiological milestone, don’t confuse it with a sickness – and surely don’t let the people around you, including your doctor, treat it like one. Do you have to be careful of hydration, meal timings or calcium intake? Yes. But do you have to give up on living your life and make it all about the pregnancy and the growing stomach? No. And this is exactly why a history of staying healthy helps.
The one time when heaps of advice gets loaded on you is during pregnancy. Eat this, don’t eat that. Don’t drink this. Don’t take up that role, etc. Emotionally also, it’s the most vulnerable stage a woman can go through. It’s the one time that you may actually consider every random advice coming your way and worse, implement it. A friend of mine went on doodhi juice, another stopped exercising, and we all know many who quit their careers due to their pregnancy. It’s not the time to start or stop anything, it’s the time to take everything in your stride, to go on. So keep up with eating wholesome food, don’t let some random fool tell you that it has too much carbs or fat or whatever. Wear the clothes you want and don’t limit yourself to mommy’s section or whatever.You are alive, with another life inside you, so if anything, live every moment twice.
3. Mother Nature has your back. Just like pregnancy gives you a specific shape, albeit a round one, post delivery too, you are in a specific shape. Don’t be in a rush to get rid of it. The extra fat is required for many important tasks such as lactation and protection of both the baby and the mom from infections and illnesses. If you have a long history of fitness and ate right through the pregnancy, then just like the body grew, it will also shrink back naturally. The key here is patience and compassion. Eating very little, or nothing, in a bid to lose that weight is just silly.