17 Mar 2022 | 6 min Read
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Pregnancy is the time to celebrate the advent of a new life, there is strength and beauty in bringing a new life into the world. However, riding the emotional roller coaster of pregnancy is not easy.
Just as all women have a different pregnancy experience, mum influencer, Swapnil Bhat, Had her own share of experiences too.
In a candid interview with BabyChakra, Swapnil Bhat shares her journey and experiences of becoming a mum. A mother of an adorable son, Vivaan, Swapnil has nailed pregnancy and motherhood.
Professionally, Swapnil was an engineer. After she gave birth to her son, she chose to be a SAHM (Stay At Home Mum) so that she could be with her little one every single minute.
She is also a lifestyle, parenting and fashion influencer. Apart from content creation, her hobbies include gardening, dancing and listening to music. She loves spending her “ME” time in the washroom!
Her pregnancy journey wasn’t a smooth one. She experienced dehydration and was hospitalised twice.
The mum influencer spoke to BabyChakra about her bitter-sweet experiences and how life has changed after becoming a mother. Here’s a peek into her pregnancy journey and her role as a mum.
Tell us something about your pregnancy journey.
Every mum has a unique yet beautiful pregnancy journey and so did I. The first four months were very tough. I experienced severe nausea and vomiting and was dehydrated. I could not eat much until the third month and was hospitalised twice.
Things were normal as I stepped into the second trimester. I remember flaunting my glowing and radiant skin during the third trimester.
What did you learn about yourself after becoming a parent?
My journey as a parent has been beautiful and tiring alike. While cuddling my little one, I get lots of hugs and kisses throughout the day. This is perhaps the best thing a mum would experience.
It is tiring too because my little one has tantrums and makes the house a mess.
After becoming a parent, I have learnt how to control my anger and be patient. I am still working on both these parameters.
What are your views on equal parenting? How did your husband help you during pregnancy?
Equal parenting is something that we mums have always wanted. It doesn’t matter whether you are a working mum, or a SAHM. You are still working 24×7.
From taking care of the little ones, to managing household affairs, women are always at work. We also get tired and need help. So, if your partner helps you in taking care of the baby, or handling some household chores, it is really a relief.
Equal parenting reduces a lot of stress on the mothers. Most importantly, the little one shares quality time with both the mum, and dad. It also reduces the conflicts and arguments which couples usually go through after becoming parents.
I feel very lucky to have a husband who is very helpful. After delivery, my husband helped me in taking care of Vivaan. From changing nappies, to giving him a bath, he has done it all himself.
Even today, if I am busy with something, he feeds Vivaan and cooks for us. I am grateful to God for giving me a husband like him.
What would you like your child to learn about life?
I want my son to be very clear on his objectives. He needs to be humble, kind and respectful.
He must never let anyone take advantage of his kindness. Above all, he must respect himself as self-respect is an important aspect of life.
You excel in content creation. Do you face any challenges maintaining work and your role as a mum?
I don’t have a fixed shift timing and have flexible hours to work. But I do get irritated when I have to complete a content that has a stringent deadline, but my little one doesn’t let me do it. He tends to get clingy sometimes.
It does feel good when you know that your child is glued to you more than any other person. However, sometimes I really want him to go to his dad. So, this is how it works.
Who inspires you to make these fun videos?
I don’t have many funny videos on my Instagram. Few funny moments are from my daily life. Plus, I love watching funny videos of @rjkarishma. I am in love with her!
What are your views on the current education system?
The pandemic has turned the education system upside down but I think it is getting better. Today, the focus is more on practical knowledge.
In the initial days of online classes, it was very difficult for the kids to cope up. But today, they have learned to manage.
As a result of classes being conducted online, kids have become more sincere and punctual these days.
I have a message for all the parents out there. “Don’t pressurise your child for marks. Not every child is Einstein. Some are Ronaldo, MS Dhoni and Neeraj too.”
What’s your advice to young mums about work-life balance amidst pregnancy and parenting?
Pregnancy is a beautiful journey. You will miss these nine months after your delivery for sure.
Pregnancy can bring some unexpected changes. But things get back to normal after delivery. Do not panic and keep stress at bay. Live the present and enjoy it.
Ask for assistance when needed, plan your day ahead. Time management is really important.
You will receive a lot of advice during this time. You have experts and counsellors to connect to. You can opt to work from home which will help you keep an eye on your child if you don’t want them to put them in any day care.
New mums often experience postpartum “baby blues” after childbirth, which commonly include mood swings, crying spells, anxiety and difficulty in sleeping.
Baby blues typically begin within the first two to three days after delivery, and may last upto two weeks.
Some women also experience postpartum depression. It is a mix of physical, emotional, and behavioural changes that happen in some women after giving birth.
If you have any negative feelings, consult a doctor. It is important for the new mums to be happy because a happy mum makes a happy baby.
So, that was Swapnil Bhat. A loving mum, a passionate content creator and a strong woman, she is an inspiration indeed!