Priyanka Chopra is looking back on the first year of heradmitting she and her husband Nick Jonas didn’t know if Malti would “make it” while they kept vigil over her in the neonatal intensive care unit for three months.
“I’ve been really protective of this chapter of my life with my daughter. Because it’s not about my life only. It’s hers too,” Chopra told British Vogue for its February issue. The article was published just after her daughter’s first birthday.
Chopra and Jonas’on Jan. 15 last year via a surrogate a full trimester prematurely.
“I was in the OR [operating room] when she came out,” the “Quantico” actress told Vogue during an interview at her house while playing with Malti. “She was so small, smaller than my hand. I saw what the intensive-care nurses do. They do God’s work. Nick and I were both standing there as they intubated her. I don’t know how they even found what they needed [in her tiny body] to intubate her.”
She said for the next three months they spent every day with Malti on her or his chest before they were able to bring her home.
“I didn’t know if she would make it or not,” she explained.
Malti is now “healthy and thriving,” Chopra celebrated, but said as a “NICU mom” she still struggles to shed those worries about her daughter’s health.
“The first time she had a solid morsel [of food] she gagged and I thought I’d killed her,” she said, adding that her mother and in-laws have been extremely supportive with the baby, explaining that things like that are normal in babies.
“But because I’m a NICU mommy, the stakes are so high,” she said “And I have to shed that. I will.”
the interview, called fatherhood “overwhelming” but said there’s “nothing better.”
A recent appearance on Kelly Clarkson’s show, Jonas said he and his wife had a party for Malti.
“We had to celebrate,” he said. “She went through a pretty wild journey in the early part of her life, so we had to celebrate in style. She’s one. She’s beautiful. It’s amazing — the best.”