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Zhalay Sarhadi spills it all about her miscarriages and body dysmorphia

12:00 AM | 28 Feb, 2024
Zhalay Sarhadi
Source: Zhalay Sarhadi (Instagram)

In a recent conversation on Frieha Altaf's FWhy Podcast, Pakistani actor Zhalay Sarhadi shared her personal experiences with miscarriages, health challenges, and the standards of physical appearance in the entertainment industry.

She began sharing, "Firstly, it's not because of anything lacking in you - it just happens. That's what my doctor told me. My first pregnancy was amazing. My daughter was MashAllah (healthy)." 

"Later on, I had three pregnancies - they all ended very early on. One was in six weeks, one was in eight weeks, the last one was also five or six weeks. The first one was a little bit of a shock because my daughter was four...The miscarriage wasn't that bad. I went to recheck and there was no heartbeat, I had a DNC, it ended. It took me back a little, wondering what had happened. But the attachment with the pregnancy was absent at the time," Zhalay revealed.

"The second time was when I was shooting for Jalebi. If you've seen that scene where I'm beating a man whilst on top of him, I was actually going to have an operation the next day...I had already had a miscarriage and it was a bad one at that."

"I won't take any names because I don't want a lawsuit on my hands, but I was misdiagnosed and they said, 'No no, it's fine.' I felt it wasn't fine...There was bleeding, cramps, other things that weren't normal," she added.

Upon getting a second opinion, Zhalay discovered that she had "developed hypothyroidism."

"I cried for days, I didn't know why I was crying," she shared. "Then I had a miscarriage again a few years later. We weren't really trying, per se, but I decided that this has to stop...I can't deal with this. It's traumatic on a mental and physical level."

The actor also discussed the sensitive issue of body dysmorphia prevalent among brown due to European features, including a certain height, fair complexion, and straight hair, deemed perfect. Sharing her own experience of bullying at the age of 14 for being a chubby child with a "42-inch waist," Zhalay recalled how she ultimately lost weight and reduced to "24-inch waist" and later contracting anorexia.

The writer is a staff member.


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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