New Delhi: For most, motherhood is a lifetime jovialness, however many young mothers can feel the pressure of losing the postpartum weight quickly. This is especially true for celebrity moms.
Bollywood actor Neha Dhupia, who is married to model-actor Angad Bedi, was blessed with her baby girl Mehr last November, and has spoken boldly against being fat-shamed after pregnancy, in a note on social media.
Asked about the pressure, she told IANSlife that it is there but does not bother her. "I have always tried to raise my voice in this regard. I believe this pressure needs to stop for everyone not just celebrities. I feel one should be fit. Fitness is a priority but not "fitting into" society's standards regarding looks. As a new mom I want to be fit, healthy and energetic for my daughter," the 39-year-old said.
She has also launched a 'Freedom To Feed' campaign against the taboo of public breastfeeding.
Her best friend and industry colleague Soha Ali Khan, 41, has also been vocal about the issue.
It is not healthy for any woman to deal with such pressures, said Soha. The actor tied the knot with actor Kunal Khemu in 2015, and actively posts about their 2-year-old daughter Inaaya.
"It is high time people start respecting women and mothers for who they are and not focus on how they look," she added.
"Motherhood is a beautiful feeling and the postpartum weight is a part of it. Every mother has the right to choose her fitness regimen and take her own time," Soha signed off.