‘We used a natural way’
FORMER actress and television presenter Kajal Maharaj has walked the path of infertility, but with perseverance: she is the proud mother of 1-year-old Zorion and is expecting her second baby next month.
The easygoing 30-year old opens up to POST about her problems with infertility which stemmed from endometriosis.
She is married to Nesan Pather, 31, the group communication manager for International Banking Vaults.
“Nesan and I were married in 2010 and we decided to start a family immediately,” she said. “I visited the gynaecologist and found out that I had endometriosis, which poses problems for pregnancy
“I could not fall pregnant. I was advised to do a laparoscopy to remove the endometriosis, but I was reluctant to go the surgical route.”
Kajal, who is clothing designer for a kiddies brand called Little M, said she and Nesan decided to go the natural route.
“We went to a homeopath and began doing acupuncture and natural treatment. Within three months I fell pregnant – that was the beginning of 2011. I miscarried and again fell pregnant in August 2011, and I had a second miscarriage.”
Kajal said she decided to undergo a holistic lifestyle change.
“I changed my diet, I ate no sugar and gluten, I drank water, I exercised and ate no junk food. Both Nesan and I were committed to this and having the baby, and decided a lifestyle change was the answer.”
She said they also kept their faith.
“We prayed and believed that the baby would come naturally. We looked at fertility (treatment) as the last option because I was nervous of the side effects.”
Six months before she found out she was pregnant, Kajal said she went to see a doctor in Westville who is now living in the US.
“He used a natural… homeopathic way to help me ease stress levels to ensure I menstruated and ovulated every month. It was about balancing your body. I found out that stress plays a big role in falling pregnant. If your cortisone levels are high then progestogens levels are low.”
In December 2013 Kajal found out she was pregnant.
“I was shocked. That month Nesan and I decided to stop stressing about having a baby and just have fun, and it happened. Zorion was born. And just three months later I conceived again.”