Instead of succumbing to societal pressure, the 31-year-old tennis player welcomed motherhood only when it “just felt like the right time”.
Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik are now parents to a baby boy. The couple, who have been married for eight years now, announced the birth of their first child, on social media.
Sania announced her pregnancy in April, this year. Proving, once again, how one should enter into motherhood only when actually ready, her journey through pregnancy surely inspired a lot of women. Here are some lessons that Sania has taught us through her journey as a new mother:
Motherhood is a choice
Not too long ago, the tennis star was asked in a TV interview about when she would be “settling down”, a remark that many women are subjected to by a society which believes that it is marriage and motherhood that completes a woman. Motherhood can’t be attained forcibly; it is a choice and Sania’s pregnancy is a case in point. Instead of succumbing to societal pressure, the 31-year-old tennis player welcomed motherhood only when it “just felt like the right time” to have a child, as she had said in an interview with Indian Express.
Planning is important
Sania’s pregnancy also comes across as a lesson for women in balancing their careers and family and how they do not have to give up on one for the other. “It is one thing to be ready for parenthood, but with our careers…there are so many things that went into us planning to have kids. If I was in a profession that did not require me to stop doing it, if I was doing any other job which didn’t involve any physical activity, I would’ve been working till the eighth month,” the new mother had said earlier.
Stay active during pregnancy
Of late, a lot of new mothers from Kareena Kapoor, Serena Williams to Sania Mirza set motherhood goals by being physically active throughout their pregnancy. While B-Town mothers showed how yoga and other forms of exercise benefit pregnancy, Sania grabbed attention by practicing tennis till her last trimester, besides walking four kilometres every day and doing yoga. Sania believes pregnancy “empowers” a woman. “It’s important to know that you are only pregnant, not ill. You don’t have to be in bed all day as long as you are keeping your baby safe,” the new mother was quoted as saying.
Motherhood should not mean the end of your career
While the new mother is currently focussed on her baby, she is already eyeing the 2020 Olympics. And she is not the only one. Lately, we have also come across some other athlete moms like Serena Williams who have resumed playing after giving birth. Motherhood does bring changes in the body but it cannot stop you from pursuing your passion and that’s what Sania and mothers like her teach us.
Don’t give up on me-time
Parenthood is undoubtedly a full-time job, often making a mother forego her me-time. Sania, however, aims to strike a balance between the two. The tennis player hopes to raise her son as an independent and self-sufficient individual, without hovering upon her child too much. In an earlier interview with Gulf News, she had affirmed, “While my child will be my number one priority, that does not mean I have to spend every single minute of the day with them to make them a good person or to parent them.”