Beyonce has opened up about her difficult second pregnancy and birth, which resulted in her twins being delivered via emergency caesarean.
The singer speaks about Rumi and Sir Carter’s birth in her new Netflix documentary, Homecoming. The film follows Beyonce as she prepares for her record-breaking Coachella appearance last year.
The singer was originally set to headline the American festival in 2017 but had to postpone as she found out she pregnant with twins.
Beyonce says that her body “went through even more than I knew it could” during her pregnancy.
"I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth. I had an extremely difficult pregnancy,” the 37-year-old says in a voiceover on the film. “I developed toxemia, pre-eclampsia.”
And difficulties also continued into her labour, as one of her twins’ “heartbeats paused a few times” in the womb. So Beyonce had to undergo an emergency caesarean. Thankfully, the babies were born fit and healthy on 13th June.[instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/BWg8ZWyghFy/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_medium=loading[/instagram]
According to Net Doctor, Pre-eclampsia is pregnancy-induced high blood pressure. “Up to 1 in 10 pregnant women develop raised blood pressure accompanied by the appearance of protein in the urine (proteinuria) and retention of excessive amounts of fluid in the body (oedema).
“It is not usually seen before the sixth month of pregnancy and most women develop the condition at the end of their pregnancy.”
Beyonce previosuly told Vogue about the twins' difficult birth, saying: "I was swollen from toxemia and had been on bed rest for over a month. My health and my babies’ health were in danger, so I had an emergency C-section.
"We spent many weeks in the NICU. My husband was a soldier and such a strong support system for me. I am proud to have been a witness to his strength and evolution as a man, a best friend, and a father. I was in survival mode and did not grasp it all until months later.
"Today I have a connection to any parent who has been through such an experience. After the C-section, my core felt different. It had been major surgery. Some of your organs are shifted temporarily, and in rare cases, removed temporarily during delivery. I am not sure everyone understands that. I needed time to heal, to recover.
"During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier. I accepted what my body wanted to be. After six months, I started preparing for Coachella. I became vegan temporarily, gave up coffee, alcohol, and all fruit drinks. But I was patient with myself and enjoyed my fuller curves. My kids and husband did, too."