Radiant new mom Sameera Reddy is glowing with maternal pride. Sameera gave birth to a daughter in a hospital in Mumbai on 12 July. Sameera who is married to entrepreneur Akshai Varde already has a 3-year old son named Hans. Sameera is ecstatic beyond words at the new arrival in her family. “It’s god’s grace we are blessed with Laxmi. I mean, that’s not her name. But she’s come to us like a little Goddess. We are both delighted, and so is our son Hans. She is beautiful! I’m here at the hospital for a while . Still recovering. Just started thinking about a name for her. By Monday hopefully I’ll be home.”
All through her pregnancy Sameera, who started her career as a leading lady opposite Salman Khan’s brother Sohail in 2002 in Dil Tujhko Diya and went on to do films in Hindi Tamil Telugu and Malayalam, posted beautifully serene pictures of herself on social media. Says Sameera, “This pregnancy has been so different from the first time. I embraced it with affirmation and positive thinking. I had no fear of being judged in an unflattering light because of my pregnancy and weight.”
During her first pregnancy Sameera was stricken by insecurities regarding her physique. But not any longer. Says the blissful new mom, “Not this time. The last time I had body-image anxiety and fear of being judged and body-shamed. I’m truly lucky to have gone through that process of arriving at a comfort zone during my pregnancy, because it brings you to the core of who you are as a person and humbles and calms you in a marriage and close relationships.”
Sameera’s advice to expectant mothers. “Don’t let the world decide how you should look and behave at given stages of your life. It’s a constant work-in-progress to achieve peace with self. It is very easy to get sucked into the negative zone. I think achieving self-worth is much needed now, especially for women, in a world where insecurity is so high and everyone is attacking each other.”
For now though, Sameera is just happy being mummy to two beautiful children.