Beyoncé Talks About Pregnancy, Cesarean Session and Neonatal Care

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Earlier this year, music icon Beyoncé Knowles took delivery of a set of twins and boy was it a worldwide headline. Some months later, in the August issue of Vogue, Beyoncé opened up about how she had to deal with the pregnancy and resulting physical metamorphosis she had to go through. In her own words:

After the birth of my first child, I believed in the things society said about how my body should look. I put pressure on myself to lose all the baby weight in three months, and scheduled a small tour to assure I would do it. Looking back, that was crazy. I was still breastfeeding when I performed the Revel shows in Atlantic City in 2012. After the twins, I approached things very differently.

I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth to Rumi and Sir. 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.

She also emphasised on the role her husband played in supporting her during those times.

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.

She also explained that after her ordeal she now has a connection with any parents who are also going through the same circumstances.

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 emphasised the need for good care and a significant dose of self love on the road to recovery.

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.

She advocated for women to accept and love their bodies even through the physical changes that comes with childbirth.

I think it’s important for women and men to see and appreciate the beauty in their natural bodies.

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