5 facts mum-to-be Soha Ali Khan would like all women to know
It sure helps to have new mommy Kareena on speed dial though
Motherhood is said to give your skin a luminous glow, but Soha Ali Khan’s voice is beaming with radiance too. The Khan household has reason to celebrate again, after recently welcoming little Taimur Ali Khan to the family. “Kareena has been very helpful. She recently went through this. So, I keep asking her a lot of questions on a daily basis. What should I eat, what is allowed, what isn’t,” she revealed at an event hosted by skincare specialist Bio-Oil.
The mum-to-be revealed the tips that expecting women need to know, and all the things that they definitely don’t need to hear.
The biggest mistake women make is trying to take on the world alone
“Pregnancy is like a hormonal rollercoaster; you put on weight and then you lose that weight. The physical changes and the stretch marks can be difficult to digest sometimes, but it’s nice to have someone around to make you feel good about it, to pamper you and make it a group journey.”
The one beauty tip she’s following
“Everyone has their words of wisdom to share, but there’s one thing that I’ve been told universally is that you must hydrate your skin in the second trimester; BioOil really helps me nourish my skin while cutting down on stretch marks.”
That she hasn’t hung up her exercise shoes just yet
“You should keep in mind that you only exercise as much as your medical practitioner has cleared you to. I am currently practising prenatal yoga thrice a week combined with lots of walking.”
But she doesn’t really have time for stereotypes
“I hate how people automatically assume that expecting women won’t be capable of working. The important thing is that you have a supportive environment. But be careful that you only take on as much workload as you can. ”
Because all said and done, you definitely don’t need any more advice
“The one thing that a pregnant woman gets is advice, I won’t add to it. Get your advice from a doctor; don’t believe anything you read online.”
Gal Gadot and other women who kicked ass at being pregnant
More than her onstage performance at the 2009 Grammys, M.I.A made news because of her nine-month-pregnant belly that completely overshadowed Jay Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and TI on stage. The singer ditched conventional maternity wear for a see-through Henry Holland number, complete with opaque polka dotted panels. Oh, and the concert just so happened to fall on the Sri Lankan singer's due date.
Announcing her pregnancy via a stunning photoshoot was not enough for Queen Bey, who decided to give the world the gift it didn’t know it needed. Beyoncé, who is pregnant with twins, presented her ode to womanhood at the Grammys earlier this year. Dressed head to toe in gold, the Single Ladies singer emulated fertility goddesses from the past and gave a performance that made Adele dedicate her ‘Album of the Year’ win to her. This is not the first time Beyoncé performed while being heavily pregnant. The singer announced her first pregnancy at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet, and later revealed her baby bump while performing on stage.
Gal Gadot is not actually Wonder Woman, but there were days during filming when it could easily have been the truth. The Israeli actress was five-months pregnant when she did reshoots for the action scenes in the movie. She had to wear a green screen baby bump version of her costume. “On close-up, I looked very much like Wonder Woman,” she told Entertainment Weekly, “On wide shots I looked very funny, like Wonder Woman pregnant with Kermit the Frog.”
Director Patty Jenkins couldn’t stop admiring Gal’s work ethic. “She’s pregnant during part of the movie, in a suit out in a field, in the freezing cold in others,” she said, “There are so many things we asked her to do: Now do it on one foot. Now shout while you’re doing it. Now it’s raining in the freezing cold and you’ve lost your voice, go. Everyday it was a hilarious gauntlet and she would do it.”
Emily Blunt, mother of two, took it easy while pregnant with her first daughter, but continued shooting for Girl On the Train while she was pregnant with her second. Emily, who had to play a deeply disturbed, alcoholic woman in the movie, was four-months pregnant when she started shooting for the film and hid it from the cast and crew for as long as she could. Emily got away with hiding her pregnancy because of the baggy, shapeless costumes her character wore.
A photo of a heavily pregnant Alysia Montano running in the 800 m race at the US Track and Field championships went viral a couple of years ago. The US Olympian was 34-weeks pregnant, that’s nearly 8 months, while she ran the race, finishing in 2 min 32.13 seconds. Even though she finished last in her heat, the crowd went wild cheering for the five-time national champion. She had consulted her physicians, and was even encouraged by them, before she ran the race.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer invited criticism from around the world when she continued to work throughout her pregnancy and took only two weeks of maternal leave post her delivery citing an uncomplicated pregnancy. It was then reported that she had set up a nursery in her office for her first baby. While the whole world and their cousins opined on Marissa setting a negative precedent for other female employees, especially with the pitiful state of parental leave policies in place for women, Marissa responded by expanding Yahoo’s parental leave to 16 weeks (from 12 weeks) for women and eight weeks for men.
The CEO of YouTube and a mother of five, Susan Wojcicki is one of the most powerful women in tech. She joined Google, back in 1998, as its 16th employee, while she was four months pregnant with her first child. Because there were no policies on parental leaves in the company at that time, Susan continued to work throughout her pregnancy term. Her subsequent pregnancies coincided with some of Google’s biggest milestones, including the acquisition of YouTube. When Susan announced her fifth pregnancy, she also declared that she wouldn’t be taking a long maternity leave. Susan knows that a woman in her position is privileged to make the choice of coming back to work early or not. "When you're a junior level woman and get pregnant, people always ask if you'll quit. but no on asks me that now," she confessed while speaking about the necessity of federally funded parental leaves that would encourage more women to join the workforce.