Mother’s Day: Indian working women struggle to put up with being portrayed as multi-tasking, traditional yet modern moms

New Delhi | Updated: May 11, 2019 10:27:44 PM

Indian working women struggle hard to put up with the demanding image of the multi-tasking, traditional yet modern, professional and perfect wife/mother/sister/daughter/daughter-in-law who has a flawless figure and ageless skin and this is making them unhappy mothers.

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By Pooja Priyamvada

Happy Mother’s Day! As the cliché goes, a happy mom is the core of a happy family and hence the mental health of a mother is a crucial but often overlooked aspect in most conventional societies, they are never expected to put “me first”. Happiness is frequently defined for the quintessential Indian mothers as being synonymous with sacrifice, in their ability to put family and children first and herself last.

On Mother’s day, it is important to remember that Indian working women regardless of their achievements, aspirations or age group are expected to confirm to the ideal stereotype of the ‘Mother India’.

Most married working moms are still primarily responsible for child care and housework in addition to the biological responsibilities of pregnancy and breastfeeding. These jobs lead to stress increasing the cortisol hormone for them which leads to more risk of lifestyle diseases like diabetes, blood pressure, obesity and mental health issues like depression and anxiety.

Various surveys indicate that approximately 70% of Indian mothers are under huge stress and aren’t happy.

Sample a few TV advertisements.

How are mothers portrayed, selling everything from nutrition boosters to latest gadgets, what is being said between the lines- it is a mother’s responsibility to make every child a super achiever, take care of the health and happiness of every family member and while doing all this look beautiful and happy (read young, slim and fair). Isn’t this superwoman model a little too far-stretched?

A study published in the Delhi Psychiatry Journal indicated that this stress to be the perfect mother begins even before the birth of the child for modern moms. 59% awaiting delivery were in antepartum depression and 41% were in postpartum depression.

In India, the gender of the baby is a main trigger for postpartum depression and anxiety because sonographers legally cannot reveal the gender of the unborn baby, and the unsaid expectation is to always have a son, the stress is immense.

Indian working women struggle hard to put up with the demanding image of the multi-tasking, traditional yet modern, professional and perfect wife/mother/sister/daughter/daughter-in-law who has a flawless figure and ageless skin and this is making them unhappy mothers.

(The author is a translator, social media expert and views expressed are personal.)

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