Like most women in the world, Nita Ambani, too, always dreamt of becoming a mother. As a young girl, she would write essays in school on the things she would do after having kids. But, life didn’t turn out as planned.
At the age of 23, she was told by doctors that she would never be able to conceive. In her 2011 interview to IDiva, Nita Ambani had opened up about her struggles.
“A few years after I got married, I was told by the doctors that I would never have children. Even when I was in school, I would write long, copious essays titled, ‘When I’ll be a mother…’ Here I was at the age of 23 being told that I would never conceive. I was shattered. However, with the help of Dr Firuza Parikh, who is one of my closest friends, I first conceived my twins,” Nita Ambani said.
In February 2019, a month after her marriage to Anand Piramal, Nita and Mukesh Ambani’s daughter Isha Ambani told Vogue in an interview that she and her twin brother Akash were born via In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
“My parents had us after seven years of marriage—my twin Akash and I were IVF babies. When my mother finally had us she wanted to be a full-time mum initially. Later, she went back to work when we were five, but she was still a tiger mom,” Isha said.
Nita was a strict mom as per Isha. “I remember, whenever mom and I had fights, we’d call dad to resolve the issue. My mom was way stricter. If we wanted to bunk school, dad would be like “It’s no big deal” but mom would ensure we ate on time, studied hard and got our playtime as well. My grandparents (paternal and maternal) and my maasi played a huge role in bringing us up,” Isha told in the same interview.
After three years of welcoming Isha and Akash into her life, Nita Ambani gave birth to Anant Ambani. It was a natural birth.
Nita also shared a funny anecdote about Anant. “When my kids were still young, I’d give them Rs 5 each every Friday to spend in the school canteen. One day, my youngest, Anant, came running into my bedroom and demanded he be given Rs 10 instead. When I questioned him, he said his pals in school laughed whenever they saw him take out a five-rupee coin saying, ‘Ambani hai ya bhikari!’ Mukesh and I couldn’t help but crack up,” she said.
By this time, she had gained almost twice the weight, from being 47 kgs to going up to 90 kgs. “Everything was double magnified. I was so overjoyed at being a mum that I had let myself go,” she said. With diet and one-and-a-half hours of daily exercise, Nita managed to shed 58 kilos.
Today, Nita is not just a proud mom and a devoted wife but also the non-executive director of Reliance Industries and owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Mumbai Indians.