Beyonce speaks candidly about why she was forced to undergo an emergency cesarean section to save her twins' lives.
“I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth,” the 37-year-old singer recounts in the just-released concert documentary "Homecoming." “I had an extremely difficult pregnancy. I had high blood pressure, I developed toxemia, preeclampsia, and, in the womb, one of my babies' heartbeats paused a few times, so I had to get an emergency C-section.”
Preeclampsia is a serious condition that occurs when a woman's blood pressure rises during pregnancy.
Fortunately the twins, Rumi and Sir, arrived healthy.
“Homecoming” was recorded at Beyonce’s headlining 2018 Coachella performance, which Chance the Rapper famously called it “the greatest show to ever happen.”
Beyonce was set to headline in 2017; however, she had to postpone a full year because she was pregnant with the twins.
After the birth of the twins, she got to work on the performance.
“In the beginning, there were so many muscle spasms and just internally, my body was not connected,” she said. “My mind was not there. My mind wanted to be with my children.
"What people don't see is the sacrifice.”
The film chronicles the intense rehearsals leading up to the performance.
"There were days that I thought, you know, I’d never be the same. I'd never be the same physically, my strength and endurance would never be the same,” she said.
She went on a strict diet of no carbs, no dairy, no meat or alcohol.