Actor Sameera Reddy made her debut in Bollywood with her 2002 film, Maine Tujh Ko Dil Diya. She later appeared in hit films such as Darna Mana Hai, Taxi Number 9211, Race and De Dana Dan. She recently opened up to IANS about the pressure of looking perfect post pregnancy. Sameera, who is expecting her second baby soon, said that she had become a recluse after giving birth to her firstborn.
Sameera, who was last seen in the 2012 movie Tezz, married businessman Akshai Varde in 2014 and gave birth to a son in 2015.
“I got pregnant in just a couple of months after my marriage. The game plan was to have the pregnancy and bounce back, getting in the limelight again. But I have never experienced anything like that... It was just the opposite,” Sameera told IANS.
“It was the worst case scenario of what I could’ve imagined in terms of my body and the way I fell apart as a person because the pregnancy was very tough for me,” Sameera added.
Talking about how the pressure got to her at one point, she said, “I would leave the house and they would say, ‘Is this Sameera Reddy? What happened to her?’ That pushed me into a further hole.”
Postpartum depression is an illness that occurs in women post giving birth. Also known as post-natal depression, it is an advanced form of baby blues. While a lot of women may feel down and low after giving birth which commonly includes mood swings, crying spells, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. However, post-partum depression is known to last longer with the severity of the symptoms being extended and more acute.