Kalki Koechlin makes for a radiant mum-to-be. Now in her third trimester, with folic acid singing through her gorgeous skin and hair, a warm, beatific smile and laughter to match, the award winning actress (of Dev D, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Margarita With a Straw, Sacred Games fame) is busy netting in the accolades for season 2 of her podcast on BBC, Kalki Presents: My Indian Life. All while she readies to have a natural birth, with her partner Guy Hershberg holding her hand. Excerpts from a conversation with Express Parenting.

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You’ve never looked better. How has the pregnancy been so far?

Thanks! Honestly, this is an unexpected pregnancy but we are very happy about it. The news came as a pleasant surprise (laughs). We were shocked at first, taken off guard completely, and I even went in for a repeat test to confirm the news. The initial disbelief then made way for joy. Guy and I did plan to have kids in a couple of years but we are delighted to welcome our little one sooner.

You have always been unconventional. Do comment on your choice to have a baby without the perimeter of marriage.

Guy and I do not want to rush into marriage because of the pregnancy. The pregnancy has already brought in enough changes that we are happily dealing with at the moment. Marriage can wait. I can’t even think about it right now. It would be too much to deal with. Thankfully, neither set of parents are traditional, so there is no pressure at all either.

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