Beyonce opens up on the traumatic birth of her twins and pre-eclampsia
Singer Beyonce, 36, has three children with rapper husband Jay Z, 48. She recently opened up about how she suffered from pre-eclampsia and had to have an emergency c-section with twins Sir and Rumi, one, in an interview with Vogue.
She said: ‘I was swollen from toxaemia and had been on bedrest for over a month.’
Toxaemia, known as pre-eclampsia in the UK, is a condition that can occur during pregnancy.The signs of pre-eclampsia include having high blood pressure and protein in your urine. In some cases, further symptoms such as swelling of the feet, ankles, face and hands, a severe headache, vision issues and pain just below the ribs.
Beyonce explained how due to complications, she had to have a caesarean. ‘My health and my babies’ health were in danger,’ she said. ‘so I had an emergency c-section. We spent many weeks in the NICU.’
The singer, who’s also mum to Blue Ivy, six, added: ‘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.’
She explained that after the birth of her first child, Blue Ivy, she put pressure on herself to lose weight in just three months and even scheduled a tour to ensure she reached that goal.
‘Looking back, that was crazy,’ she said. ‘I was still breastfeeding when I performed the Revel shows in Atlantic City in 2012. After the twins, I approached things very differently.’
‘I needed time to heal, to recover,’ she said. ‘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.’