You’re pregnant? That’s lovely! But perfectly pregnant… isn’t that a wonderful possibility?
For far too long, Indian women have been conditioned to believe that pregnancy and motherhood mark the end of their independent lives. Being a mother once meant bidding adieu to your fitness, beauty, career and individuality. But not anymore.
In her debut memoir, celebrated officer of the Indian Administrative Service and the mother of two feisty little princesses, Durga Shakti Nagpal provides you with a detailed blueprint for a perfect pregnancy. She will ensure that the initiation of your life as a mother will be carried out with the focus and precision of a drill sergeant, while maintaining the relatability of the regular Indian mother-to-be.
Durga Shakti will take you through a major life glow-up in those special nine months of your life, transforming you into the strongest, most accomplished version of yourself. From pregnancy friendly fitness and skincare, to healthy eating habits, meditation and skyrocketing your energy levels, she has it all covered. And not just that, Durga Shakti addresses several life issues that invariably accompany motherhood, but which are seldom addressed. Subjects like post-partum blues, pregnancy-related myths and beliefs, the role of an older child and the family’s active involvement during and after pregnancy are all beautifully dealt with. A highly accomplished bureaucrat by profession, and a mother and family woman by choice, Durga Shakti will help you find you the keys to striking a perfect balance between motherhood and life as a whole.
This is every woman’s guide to carving out an extraordinary motherhood for herself, her child and her family.
‘Durga talks about her experience of a “perfect pregnancy”—minimal weight gain, sustained skin health and instilling good habits. All of it while having one of the most demanding jobs in the country.’
—Akshay Kumar, actor, film producer and martial artist
‘This book will be one of your most trusted companions throughout the nine months of your pregnancy and even beyond.’
—Shilpa Shetty, actor, entrepreneur and wellness influencer
‘If you’ve been told that motherhood is the end of your career and your youth, you are not alone. Indian women have had to choose between their individuality and having children for too long. Durga Shakti Nagpal’s book changes the narrative entirely. A celebrated bureaucrat and a mother of two, Durga shows you how to have it all.’
—Shashi Tharoor, politician, author and former international diplomat
‘A power-packed read with enough motivation to fuel you through your pregnancy. The motherhood lodestar we all need.’
—Dr Naresh Trehan, cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeon
‘A myth-debunking Bible for expecting moms. A two-time mother, Durga sure knows the ropes of a stress-free pregnancy.’ —Hema Malini, actress, dancer and politician
‘A must-read for young Indian mothers-to-be, this book by Durga Shakti Nagpal offers the most valuable pregnancy advice.’
—Nitin Gadkari, politician and social entrepreneur
‘From a brilliant civil servant and a mother of two, a refreshingly honest take on how to balance work and pregnancy, and the best ways to deal with its unique challenges.’
—Shekhar Gupta, journalist, author and columnist
About the Author
Durga Shakti Nagpal is a celebrated IAS officer belonging to the Uttar Pradesh cadre. She is known for spearheading the largest crackdown against the notorious sand mafia of the Noida region, an industry worth ?22,000 crore yearly. Her relentless midnight raids, conducted over a span of several days, are unparalleled in the country’s history and were well-lauded. When she was threatened, physically attacked and hastily removed from her post, there was a national upsurge in her support, and the entire country prayed for her safety. She is also the youngest person to be awarded the Woman of The Year award by the Economic Times.
Durga Shakti is a motivational speaker, frequently invited to speak by the TED portal and other student communities. Apart from her professional career as an IAS officer, she engages in philanthropic activities regularly, and is a lover of literature, poetry and fitness. Her motto in life is: born to Serve.
Her social media handles are @DurgaShaktiIAS on twitter and Durga Shakti Nagpal on LinkedIn. She can also be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org