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Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi.
6 Superstar New Mothers that we Admire
Meet Elastigirl aka Mrs. Incredibles. She does her superhero job with "total fearlessness" but also has "a very strong, protective instinct" when it comes to her children. And, of course, like all Super Hero Mothers she is really able to str….ech herself to save the world.
From Joy and Attachment to Anxiety and Protectiveness, Mothering Behavior is brought on by biochemical reactions in the brain. Yet, we find that these changes actually increase our ability to perform in high stress situations - giving us real superpowers.
Here’s our list of superstar new mothers who show us how they do it:
Sania Mirza began her tennis career at the tender age of 6, turned professional in 2003 and went on to win 6 Grand Slams and became the World No. 1 in Doubles Tennis. She delivered a baby boy, Izhaan in October 2018 - but her first love was never far from her mind.
After celebrating her son’s first birthday she started a punishing training routine to get back to the professional tennis circuit. She says “It took a lot of stubbornness and determination for me to lose 26 kilos in 4 months. My son Izhaan was my biggest motivation. I want him to watch me play in a big tournament.”
She continues to shine, narrowly missing the quarter-final berth in the just concluded Wimbledon 2021. “One of the reasons to make this comeback was to tell women that you can follow your dreams,” she says
Jacinda Ardern became the World’s youngest head of state as Prime Minister of New Zealand at the age of just 37. She gave birth to her daughter soon after she was elected - only the second PM in the world to give birth while in office. And in another first she took time off from her duties as a PM to settle into her new life with a daughter.
Since then she has had a number of firsts like going to the United Nations General Assembly and other gatherings of world leaders with her baby in tow. She has received global adulation for the way she has handled the Covid-19 pandemic in New Zealand.
About her daughter she says “I hope that she doesn’t feel any limitations. That it’s just not even a concept for her.”
Rani Lakshmibai is one of the greatest freedom fighters of the country and an icon for Women's Empowerment. She was very active as queen, one of the few women of the time who were educated and was also trained in weightlifting, wrestling, and steeple chasing.
Soon after she adopted a son, the British laid siege over Jhansi. She said "We fight for independence. In the words of Lord Krishna, we will if we are victorious, enjoy the fruits of victory, if defeated and killed on the field of battle, we shall surely earn eternal glory and salvation." With her son tied to her back she rode out, sword in hand, to fight the British.
Kim Gaucher is a Basketball player who will represent Canada in the Tokyo Olympic Games. She has a baby daughter whom she is still breastfeeding. She had a tough emotional choice to make: skip the Olympics, or spend 28 days in Tokyo without her daughter. She petitioned the International Olympic Committee and they allowed her to bring her newborn baby along while playing her favorite sport.
“Being a mom is really hard but it's also one of the best jobs that I could have," Gaucher said.
Ghazal Alagh is the Co-Founder & Chief Mom of Mamaearth one of the fastest growing makers of Organic Baby and Beauty products. After her new-born son was diagnosed with eczema, she looked for plant derived, natural baby care products but there were no reliable products available in India. She had to depend on friends & family who travelled abroad for natural organic products.
This inspired her to create safe, organic products for children and Mamaearth was conceived. In a short span of 4 years she turned it into a 100 Crore company and she’s just getting started.
With all that her son still remains on top of her mind “After the super busy week, the weekend is dedicated to my son.” she says.
Anisha Noel, Founder of Mometernity also puts on her Superhero Cape at home for son.
After spending more than 7 years in the travel industry she wanted to chase her passion, as she couldn’t find fashionable yet affordable maternity clothes in India. This gave birth to the idea of Mometernity - to make mothers feel and look like Stylish Superheros.
She says “Being a Mompreneur is the most difficult task and challenging my inner soul while at the same time makes it monumental. Though the guilt trip of not always being with your child is real, you have to choose & accept the balance and blend it all.”
Just remember, there is a SUPERMOM in all of us! Let’s raise a glass and Salute the Power of Moms!