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Kareena Kapoor became pregnant and it became an issue of national interest. While Kareena was unfazed by all the attention and chose to carry on with her work and assignments, the media couldn’t get over the fact that she was working throughout her pregnancy and that too with so much chutzpah and élan!
“I’m pregnant, not a corpse. And what maternity break? It’s the most normal thing on earth to produce a child. It is high time the media back off, and stop treating me any different than I ever was. Stop making it a national casualty. We are in 2016, not in the 1800s. Probably, even at that time, people were way more civilised and normal than the way the media is behaving and speculating now,” Kareena had lashed out at the media at that time.
What caught our attention was the way media glorified something that is so, so normal. Yes, there are hundreds of other women who work during their entire pregnancy. Some have also reported attending office till the day of their delivery. Here are three amazing women who are also working during their pregnancy, just like Kareena Kapoor:
For Poorva Bhatikar, who works as the Category Manager with Mattel Toys, India, the thought of not working during the pregnancy never crossed her mind.
"It didn’t really feel very different and it never occurred to me that I have the option to not work just because I’m pregnant considering I had no health problems. There were phases during early pregnancy where nausea and fatigue would hit me out of nowhere during the day, and I couldn’t let it show, but it got better as the pregnancy progressed," says Poorva, who is in her ninth month of pregnancy.
Of course, there were bad days as well all thanks to the raging pregnancy hormones. But her passion for her work, made her get up and go to work every day.
"The fact that I quite enjoy what I do and secondly, I felt that getting up, getting out and keeping busy made me feel much better than I would have, staying home in bed. There were, of course, days where I chose to work from home or take a sick day," she says.
Poorva also avers that it is important for people to take pregnancy as a normal phase of a woman's life and as far as you are healthy, you should keep on working.
"Unless there is a serious risk to the baby, I think the worst thing you can do is restrict physical (and mental) exertion. It might serve one well till the baby comes but taking care of a child can be much more physically demanding. Pregnancy should be a gentle run up to gear up physically for what’s to come," she adds.
Continue reading on the next page to know how Priyanka Sharma copes up with her 9 to 5 job during her pregnancy!
Avantika Kukreti is a mother of the cutest five-year-old daughter in this world, who keeps on amusing her everyday with her amazing storytelling prowess. She also happens to be a multi-platform media professional with 9 years of experience in lifestyle writing and editing.
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