Women across the world, especially those in the public eye, are always under immense pressure to maintain perfect bodies. From Kate Middleton to Aishwarya Rai, most women have been subjected to body shaming at one point or another, and more when they became mothers.
Kareena Kapoor Khan was one of those Bollywood celebrities who was shamed for her weight gain before and after she gave birth to her first child, Taimur. However, from walking the runaway days before giving birth to making fashion statements, Kareena shut down all trolls and redefined pregnant women.
During her pregnancy, Kareena weighed almost 90 kgs and now 19 months after Taimur’s birth, she has managed to lose 32 kgs.
In a recent interview, Kareena spoke at length about her post-pregnancy weight loss and how hard it is to lose weight after giving birth.
“I was bearing a child. It was obvious that I would put on weight. But I wasn’t [rattled]. I enjoyed my pregnancy. I absolutely loved it. Losing the weight after that was another journey. I remember, sometimes, I’d wear tight pants, and people would tell me, ‘You’ve put on so much weight. Your thighs are so big.’ And I was like, ‘I don’t care because I’m working on losing it’. Honestly, I’m comfortable in any shape and size,” Kareena remarked.
Kareena gave a lot of credit for her fitness to celebrity nutritionist and dietician Rujuta Diwekar and her pilate’s instructor Namrata Purohit.
“Not only had I had a child, it had also been 10 years since Tashan released. Namrata made me repeat that journey even though I had aged,” Kareena shared.
“I had child-bearing hips and had gained a lot of weight. But, she merely asked me to believe in her. She was set to change my body. We started our journey with me executing a mere eight repetitions in each exercise because I had a weak back post-delivery. Today, Namrata and I trained together and executed a high-intensity class that involved 20-30 reps, one after another,” she added.
During her pregnancy, Kareena indulged in her cravings with pizza, pasta, samosa and laddos. But now as she is getting back in shape she sticks to doodhi sabzi, karela subzi, one roti and a bowl of rice and soup.
Kareena is a firm believer that new moms should be proud of their bodies.
“I’m the kind of girl who says that if you eat what you want, and you’re happy about it, there’s no guilt and no calories. You have to nurture your body, and have fun,” she signed off.