Geeta Basra who welcomed her second child with former cricketer Harbhajan Singh revealed that her son is a ‘rainbow baby’ (a name coined for a healthy baby born after losing a child due to miscarriage, infant loss, stillbirth, or neonatal death). In an interview to a leading daily, Geeta said, “My son Jovan is a rainbow baby,” revealing that before his birth she suffered two miscarriages.
Geeta revealed that the first miscarriage happened in 2019 and the second one in 2020, both the times Harbhajan was with her. Speaking about losing the fetus in her first trimester, the actress said, “Howsoever early it happens, if it's your first trimester, the loss is felt by the mother far more than anybody else connected to her". She further said “I want to talk today. I want to tell those women who have had miscarriages and lost hope to pick themselves up again. They should not give up and suffer in silence yearning for a child. Yes, a miscarriage can have a terrible effect on you from which you might take a long time to come out. A couple of my friends have had miscarriages. But we as women have to learn to put this behind us in the quickest possible time. The last two years have been traumatic for me no doubt but I held myself from breaking down. A woman's hormones after a miscarriage go up and down a lot, which, in turn, makes it extremely difficult for her to maintain her composure. I kept myself strong and did not allow that meltdown to happen".
Geeta revealed that after her second miscarriage she moved in with her in-laws in Punjab where they took care of her and Harbhajan was a constant motivator. The actress said, “It is important for a girl to have the right support system around her. Even before I got married, I was sure I wanted to have kids-not one but two. The bond formed between siblings is very strong and the first child always needs company. My daughter Hinaya is 5 years old now; if I had my way she would have been 3 years old when Jovan was born. I decided to completely rest it out in the first trimester. I just took my vitamins and waited for the first three months to get over. After that, we came to Mumbai, and a little later, I took to yoga. That helped me a lot. Long works in the last trimester were a given. My gut instinct told me that this time all will go well. Touchwood, it did. They say there's gold at the end of a rainbow and I found my gold.”
Harbhajan and Geeta welcomed their baby boy Jovan Veer Singh Plaha on July 10. Their daughter, Hinaya Heer Plaha was born in 2016.