Sameera Reddy opened up about her struggle with postpartum depression after the birth of her son Hans. She said that she initially thought that she would be ‘one of those page 3 moms posing away for the shutterbugs with a perfect bump’, as her idea of motherhood was influenced by Bollywood, but ended up weighing 105 kgs at the time of her delivery.
In an interaction with a popular daily, Sameera said that her husband Akshai Varde took care of their baby, from changing diapers to feeding him, while she struggled with her emotions. “My mom-in-law said, ‘Your baby is healthy, you have a supportive husband, why are you upset?’ I had no answer. After I was discharged, I cried; I also felt guilty for not being there for Hans. This continued for a year – I’d break down often. I was completely cut off from the film industry. I still weighed 105 kgs & was diagnosed with Alopecia areata; patches of hair fell out of my head,” she said.
“So, after 2 years of disappearing from everywhere, I joined social media. Even then, I’d be asked, ‘Are you going to be a yummy mummy or will you be ‘Sexy Sam’ again?’ But I refused to live a lie just to get followers! So I started talking about my problems – at first, I was trolled for not looking ‘perfect’ but it didn’t bother me. And in 2018, when I was pregnant with Nyra, I told myself, ‘I’m going to do this my way,’” she said.