Beyonce Reveals Her Latest Pregnancy Was Unplanned & 1 Of Her Babies Heart Paused Causing Her To Have A C-Section: I Was 218 Pounds
It’s been quite a while since Beyonce has been this revealing with fans. But it might be safe to say she didn’t hold back in her Netflix special Homecoming, that documented her 2018 Coachella performance. She also released a surprise album with the set list that included more than 40 songs.
In the documentary, she went into great detail about what she experienced before and during her time of preparing for the performance.
She reminded fans in the more than 2-hour special that she was supposed to hit the stage for Coachella in 2017. But she unexpectedly got pregnant, with twins! She later named them Rumi and Sir. She and Jay-Z were already parents to daughter Blue Ivy. But pushing back her highly-anticipated moment as the first Black woman to headline the music festival wasn’t the only setback she experienced. From gaining weight to suffering preeclampsia, and having to have an emergency C-section after one of her baby’s heartbeat went away multiple times, Beyonce gave us the real deal.
“My body went through even more than I knew it could. I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth. I had an extremely difficult pregnancy. I had high blood pressure. I developed toxemia, preeclampsia. One of my babies’ hearts paused a few times, so I had to get an emergency C-section.
There were so many muscle spasms and just internally, my body was not connected. My mind was not there. My mind wanted to be with my children. What people don’t see is the sacrifice. I would dance and go off to the trailer and breastfeed the babies, the days I could I would bring the children. It’s like, before I could rehearse 15 hours straight. I have children, I have a husband, I have to take care of my body.”
While she was saying this, visuals of her husband Jay-Z rubbing her cramping belly while she worked out played on the screen. She was also vulnerable in showing her difficulty of keeping up with the fast-paced steps as she worked toward her ideal post-baby body.
On top of working out, she revealed her strict diet.
“[I was] limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no fish, no alcohol.”
She then confessed,
But it seemed to all be worth it as she FaceTimed Jay-Z once she could fit back into an old uniform. She said she had a long way to go, but was clearly pleased with the progress she had made so far.
Of course it wasn’t all bad for her. She revealed the Homecoming theme of the performance stemmed from her desire to go to a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) when she was younger.
Reality kicked in and she said girl group Destiny’s Child was her college and life experience.
But she wanted to salute the institutions as she said they hold a great deal of worth in the community. The name was also inspired by her “homecoming” return to the stage after giving birth to her and Jay-Z’s twins.
“I’m creating my own homecoming and it’s hard. There are days I thought I would never be the same. My strength and endurance would never be the same.”
Fans also saw Beyonce in a different light as she served as the Executive Producer, Music Director, Writer and Director of the film. She was on-hand for every detail of her performance from selecting the dancers to having the final say with lighting and costumes.
Other than the simple fact of being Beyonce, her performance made headlines as she only featured African-Americans on the stage with her. She broke barriers as women of all shades, shapes and sizes performed alongside her. She said,
“It was important to me that everyone that had never seen themselves represented felt like they were on that stage with us. As a Black woman, I used to feel like the world wanted me to stay in my little box. Black women also feel underestimated. It was more important that I brought our culture to Coachella.”
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