Friday 24 May 2019

Beyonce opens up about emergency caesarean after one of her twins' hearts 'paused a few times'

Beyonce with newborn twins Sir Carter and Rumi. Picture: Instagram
Beyonce with newborn twins Sir Carter and Rumi. Picture: Instagram
INDIO, CA - APRIL 14: Beyonce Knowles performs onstage during 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Field on April 14, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Coachella )
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Beyonce has opened up about her "extremely difficult" pregnancy and the circumstances of the birth of ther twins Rumi and Sir Carter by emergency caesarean section.

The pregnancy was the Formation star's second pregnancy after she had daughter Blue Ivy in January 2012 and it came as a surprise in 2017 as she had been lined up to perform at Coachella.

She postponed that performance to the following year and her film Homecoming, which has just landed on streaming service Netflix, charts the run up to that event.

In the film she reveals her body "went through even more than I knew it could" during her pregnancy as she experienced preeclampsia, a pregnancy-related medical condition which can result in high blood pressure among other symptoms and can prove extremely dangerous.

INDIO, CA - APRIL 14: Beyonce Knowles performs onstage during 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Field on April 14, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Coachella )
INDIO, CA - APRIL 14: Beyonce Knowles performs onstage during 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Field on April 14, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Coachella )
Beyonce showing off her twins Sir Carter and Rumi a month after she gave birth

"I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth. I had an extremely difficult pregnancy," says Beyonce in the film. "I developed toxemia, preeclampsia."

One of her twins' heartbeats had "paused a few times" in the womb which resulted in her undergoing an emergency caesarean on June 12, 2017.

Thankfully the twins are doing well. Beyonce went on to perform at Coachella in 2018, just ten months after their birth.

She has also just released an album to coincide with the release of the film.

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