Former Miss India and Bollywood actress Gul Panag tied the knot in 2011 with Pilot Rishi Attari. Gul Panag is making headlines as she successfully managed to keep her pregnancy away from media glare. And the couple shared the good news with Mumbai Mirror that they have a six-month-old baby boy, Gul also talked about how motherhood is treating her and how did she manage to keep it secret for a long time. Gul also shared the very first picture of her new baby boy.
When asked how she managed to escape from the media and keep it a secret, Gul shared, “Rishi and I have always valued our privacy. Becoming parents is a special experience and we decided that we’d like to go through it without the distraction of public attention. Family and close friends knew about Nihal but we refrained from posting anything on the social media. He is almost six months old and it has been a roller coaster ride! I’m charmed by his gurgles and giggles even if it is a bit of a struggle with erratic sleep and feeding schedules. Life and goals are taking shape parallelly, with a little more coordination between Rishi and me to include Nihal.”
Talking about the baby boy’s name Nihal, she said, “We had a list of names from everyone and everywhere. Nihal means joy, success and victory that comes with the blessings of God. Rishi and I believe that leading principled, good lives leads to true and lasting success so the name resonated with us.” Gul went on to say, “Nothing prepares you for a baby but I’m grateful to my cousin Simran who’s been like a fairy godmother and guided me. We’re learning as parents and I think we’ll continue to do so till we’re old and grey.”
She also revealed how it was like returning to her fitness regime post-pregnancy, “Nihal was born prematurely so I didn’t put on too much weight. Even through the pregnancy, I took care to eat healthy and have always been very active, so it was easy to get back to my workouts and shed the extra kilos.”
She also gave advice to all the soon-to-be-mommies who are preparing to embrace motherhood in their 30s. Gul was quoted as saying, “I think having a baby is a very significant step in life, and like marriage, you should think it through carefully before committing to it. Have children when you are ready to welcome them and can raise them happily and responsibly, not when society says you must.”
Congratulations to new parents Gul Panag and Rishi Attari. We’ll wait to see more pictures of Nihal.