Beyoncé opened up about the health issues she faced while pregnant in her new Netflix documentary, Homecoming.
The star revealed that she developed preeclampsia while pregnant with twins Sir and Rumi. She described it as “an extremely difficult pregnancy.”
“My body went through more than I knew it could,” Beyoncé admitted.
“I was supposed to do Coachella the year prior but I got pregnant unexpectedly,” Beyonce recalled. “And it ended up being twins which was even more of a surprise.”
“In the womb, one of my babies’ hearts paused a few times so I had to get an emergency C-section,” she said.
Beyoncé expressed that getting back to work on her Coachella performance after giving birth was a major challenge.
“And you know, a lot of the choreography is about feeling, so it’s not as technical, it’s your own personality that brings it to life. That’s hard when you don’t feel like yourself,” Beyoncé confessed. “I had to rebuild my body from cut muscles. It took me a while to feel confident enough to … give my own personality.”
“In the beginning, 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,” she continued. “What people don’t see is the sacrifice.”
“It’s my first time home back home on the stage after giving birth; I’m creating my own homecoming, and it’s hard,” Beyoncé also said. “There were days that I thought I’d never be the same. I’d never be the same physically, my strength and endurance would never be the same.”
“I would dance and go off to the trailer and breastfeed the babies, the days I could I would bring the children,” Beyoncé remembered.
“I’m just trying to figure out how to balance being the mother of a 6-year-old and twins that need me and giving myself creativity,” she said. “Physically, it was a lot to juggle. 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.”
“I just feel like I’m just a new woman in a new chapter of my life and I’m not even trying to be who I was,” Beyoncé said in the documentary. “It’s so beautiful that children do that to you.”
Homecoming is now available on Netflix.