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Multiple difficult times define how my life took a total 180-degree turn after I gave birth. These struggles include:
The depression that a mother goes through after pregnancy is nothing compared to our teenage life or a midlife crisis, which we often feel. This depression was over the top. I felt that maybe I was about to die or should die. That was again because of multiple reasons.
There was a stage when I felt that I was useless, and I couldn’t raise the baby. But I was visiting my doctor regularly; she gave me antidepressant medicines that wouldn’t harm the baby while feeding her breast milk.
More than that, I was able to recover from it because of my family’s support. I used to cry a lot for the first few months. Then, at times, I won’t talk to anybody. Then my husband broke my shell, started listening to, started sharing the responsibility, making me realise that we can pull through it and that I was not alone in it.
The fatigue immediately after the pregnancy was because of the delivery and then because of the depression that I was going through. But my family helped to drink as much liquid as I could and eat as healthy as possible.
Without my family’s support, I would not have survived the fatigue I went through. There were days, I wasn’t able to get out of the bed. I wasn’t ready to get up and take care of the baby. There was no energy left in my body.
The precautions we took before and during the pregnancy were completely different than the time we had successfully delivered the baby. Now, I had to be more responsible, proactive, more informed, and more serious about the doctor’s visits for safety, vaccinations, and the diet protocol for my baby to be healthy and strong at any point in time.
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Shows like Indian Matchmaking only further the argument that women must adhere to social norms without being allowed to follow their hearts.
When Netflix announced that Indian Matchmaking (2020-present) would be renewed for a second season, many of us hoped for the makers of the show to take all the criticism they faced seriously. That is definitely not the case because the show still continues to celebrate regressive patriarchal values.
Here are a few of the gendered notions that the show propagates.
A mediocre man can give himself a 9.5/10 and call himself ‘the world’s most eligible bachelor’, but an independent and successful woman must be happy with receiving just 60-70% of what she feels she deserves.
As long as teachers are competent in their job, and adhere to the workplace code of conduct, how does it matter what they do in their personal lives?
A 30 year old Associate Professor at a well-known University, according to an FIR filed by her, was forced to resign because the father of one of her students complained that he found his son looking at photographs of her, which according to him were “objectionable” and “bordering on nudity”.
There are two aspects to this case, which are equally disturbing, and which together make me question where we are heading as a society.
When the father of an 18 year old finds his son looking at photographs of a lady in a swimsuit, he can do many things. What this parent allegedly did was to dash off a letter to the University which states: