Shilpa Shetty's is a hat brimming with myriad feathers: from Bollywood icon to reality TV icon; TV judge to IPL tycoon. And now the glamorous actress has been recognized for being a mom!
Shilpa, who gave birth to son Viaan in 2012, was awarded the appropriately-titled 'Yummy Mummy Award' on Monday by Bio-Oil: a day after International Mother's Day.
The thrilled actress dedicated the award to her own mom: “I have learnt all that I needed to do through my mother. I dedicate this award to my mom who is gorgeous and absolutely yummy mummy without any bias.”
Renowned around the world for her lithesome figure and buoyant personality, Shilpa revealed that she owed much to her mother for every aspect of her public and private persona.
“I seek inspiration from my own mother who really got back to shape after delivering Shamita and me. During my pregnancy I had put on some 30 kilos because I was eating everything. And for the first seven months after giving birth to Viaan, I just didn’t care because it use to be so tiring and I was so sleep deprived.
"Finally, my mom told me, ‘Shilpa you are looking really fat!’ And she made this blunt statement every day for three months, till I cried, ‘I am your child; how can you say that?’ But she was adamant because she pushed me to take care of myself.
"It’s not about looking good but about being healthy and later I did everything to achieve that. I had two very good doctors who advised me for my skin, how to take care of myself during pregnancy and that’s really vital.
"I take it as a huge compliment that people think that I seem to be the 'Yummy mummy' but I had great guidance from people who really know what they are talking about.”
Once Shilpa adopted her mother’s advice the transformation was quick.
The actress revealed: “I immediately hit the gym and I lost 30 kilo excess weight in exactly four months. It wasn’t like I was sleeping in the gym and not looking after my child. I was working out just one hour a day for five days a week. I am at my fittest today … after a baby you really value your body and health!”
While Shilpa claims that being a mother is "the most wonderful thing in the world", she is aware of the need to continue with her work commitments, whilst being a hands-on mom.
“I think women are conditioned to multitask. We are taught from a very young age that we have to look after the family, I love the middle class values my parents have inculcated in us.
"But I had no idea that I was going to be an actor or that I would become a businesswoman, or that I would be doing all these while being a mother. It’s all about time management. I am very proud to say that I am a full-time mother and part-time professional.”
However, Shilpa says mothers don't need her advice as whatever they do for their child, they do it with their heart.
"Whatever we do, we do it out of heart. Other mothers don't need my advice. I stay on my toes and that's just normal. I used to think that pregnancy is hard and after delivery things will be easy.
"But then you feel the first six months are very hard...then he (the baby) starts to walk. When he starts to walk, he falls everywhere and you are scared...Every phase of a child's life is a learning curve for parents," she added.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS