Celina Jaitly recently opened up about battling multiple health issues after carrying two sets of twins. In an Instagram post, the Janasheen actor revealed that she has multiple hernias, along with severe diastasis recti of the abdomen.
“There is no giant step that can take you there! But, consistent and small steps can! I still have multiple hernias, and severe diastasis recti of the abdomen after carrying two sets of twins. Lost my parents and a baby in my second twin pregnancy and had a condition close to a lung collapse as well,” revealed the 41-year-old.
She continued, “There are some times which are so difficult when you no longer can come to terms with life or recognise the person you see in the mirror… As human beings we will always have these days, some of us more than others.. There are days when I have to battle and confront so much darkness, but then life has its ups and downs and I started turning them into squats.”
Expressing that she has been working out consistently, Jaitly recollected her father’s words. “Even though I am still building my self from scratch, I know there is something inside of us that is greater than any obstacle… In my darkest moments I hear my dad’s fauji (military) voice in my mind that says Yaad rahey… naam, namak, aur nishaan (name, intent, aim), I turn into a (gentleman cadet) and start lifting… Amazingly every workout big or small also changes how I feel….”
Empathising with others who may be in a similar situation, Jaitly shared, “To all those who have struggled with darkness I posted a glimpse of my story hoping to reach out to you to tell you that you are not alone. Give yourself another day, another chance. You will find your courage eventually.”
On how she has been dealing with it, she revealed, “Don’t give up on yourself just yet, working out is the best investment that you can make in yourself for both mental and physical well-being and if nothing else works, you can always refer to my dad‘s words above.”
What health issues can women face after two sets of twin pregnancies?
Stressing that no pregnancy is completely risk-free, Dr Shobha Gupta, medical director and IVF specialist, Mother’s Lap IVF Centre, New Delhi and Vrindavan, said that having twins can increase the mother and the babies’ risk for several pregnancy-related issues, such as preterm birth, pre-eclampsia, iron deficiency anaemia, and diabetes.
“More frequent checkups, more weight gain and early delivery are possible chances if you are pregnant with twins or triplets,” Dr Gupta told indianexpress.com.
One such condition is Diastasis Recti, which occurs when the abdominal muscles separate, leading to a bulge in the middle of the abdomen, said Dr Archana Dinesh, senior obstetrician and gynaecologist, Kamineni Hospitals, Hyderabad.
With twins or triplets, “the postpartum period can actually be worse”, expressed Dr Gupta. “Severe back pain, sore nipples, baby belly, vaginal bleeding, body aches, fatigue, and incision pain are common after delivery but will be more painful and traumatic after multiple deliveries,” said Dr Gupta.
What can help?
Maintain your energy levels while you heal by eating a diet rich in complex carbohydrates, fibre, healthy fats, and protein, Dr Gupta shared. “You should also drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Additionally, you’ll feel good about going outside and exercising your body once you’ve been given the go-ahead to exercise. Just be careful not to accelerate the weight reduction process since it can take at least six months if not more, to get back to your pre-pregnancy size,” Dr Gupta said.
It is important to provide emotional support and encourage mothers to seek medical attention. “Regular exercise can also be an effective way to improve mental and physical well-being, as the release of endorphins during exercise can help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety,” said Dr Archana.
While it’s quite normal to have extreme fatigue and discomfort in the days and weeks following delivery, some symptoms, such as very heavy vaginal bleeding, a severe headache, a temperature of at least 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, or an incision that doesn’t appear to be healing, shouldn’t be disregarded, Dr Gupta noted.
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First published on: 25-04-2023 at 14:10 IST