Kareena Kapoor Khan welcomed a baby boy last year on December 20, 2017 with husband and actor Saif Ali Khan. Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi and Kareena instantly became the talk of the town. Why? Taimur for his name and Bebo for breaking stereotypes of how women should be post giving birth.
In an interview with a leading daily, Kareena spoke about the age misconception for women in India, She said, “It’s the beginning of a new phase in my life. After becoming a mother, I’m learning new things every passing day. It’s a long journey and Saif (Ali Khan) and I are very excited about it. I agree that very often, pregnant women are seen as ticking time bombs, but that perception never bothered me. I generally do things that I want to do and enjoy. Being pregnant and still being out there was something I chose to do. Everyone has an opinion in India, especially when it concerns women. `Hey, you’re old enough to be married.’ `Oh, you must have a baby now. It’s the right age.’ These statements don’t resonate with me because as someone exposed to global cultures, I know that people in the West reproduce even when they’re well past their 40s. When you want to have a baby should be your choice.”
Many people criticised the actress for being out and about a few days after giving birth to Taimur. To this Kareena said, “Yes, I was on my feet a few days after the delivery, but it’s upsetting to have people judge you for it. No one has the right to comment on how I conduct myself or what sort of a mother I am. Everyone seems to have an opinion. Postpartum depression is not a must, right? It’s whimsical to generalise that every woman goes through that phase, almost making it sound like a norm. Every pregnancy and every mother’s journey with her child during those nine months and afterwards is different. You can’t draw parallels. No one out there really knows me or what I am feeling at a given time. How can anyone decide on my behalf whether I am supposed to feel depressed or if I can step out before 45 days? If I’m spoken about like that, what would it be like for other women?”
Kareena also spoke about the pressure of constantly being judged. “Just because I’m elusive and my husband and I are not on social media talking about our emotions on an hourly basis, people take the liberty to put out stories about my child and me. It was annoying to read reports about my fitness regimen and the way I’m losing weight. As a couple, we don’t share details of our lives with the world at large. So, I will not clarify what we do, how I plan to lose weight or what I do with my baby. I enjoyed my pregnancy and I will enjoy my life on my terms. What kind of a mother I am is something that will unfold with time. I will not scream from rooftops about experiencing motherhood or how much I love Taimur. There’s always the pressure of being judged, no matter what you do. It’s about how you deal with it,” she said.