Beyoncé reveals she had traumatic experience with pre-eclampsia ahead of twins' birth

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Beyoncé has revealed the horrific experience with pre-eclampsia before having her twins, Rumi and Sir, in her latest documentary Homecoming.

Beyoncé revealed the harrowing complications she experienced while carrying her twins, Rumi and Sir, and during their delivery in June 2017.

The 37-year-old has previously spoken about her pregnancy complication, pre-eclampsia, otherwise known as high blood pressure which increases pressure on internal organs causing protein in your urine.

The singer's documentary, Homecoming, reveals that the birth of her twins was far more traumatic than the birth of her first child Blue Ivy, in January 2012.

‘I had an extremely difficult pregnancy,’ the mother-of-three says.

The star explains that she was bed-ridden for a month leading up to the birth of her twins, as her blood pressure was dangerously high.

Beyoncé’s documentary includes details about her emergency C-section as a result of one of her babies’ hearts  that stopped beating temporarily  in the womb.

‘My body went through more than I knew it could.’

However, the international singer soon returned to the stage to prepare for her performance at the festival Coachella in 2018, while at the same time caring for her twins and recovering from her C-section.

Beyoncé honestly revealed the struggles she faced in Homecoming: ‘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. What people don’t see is the sacrifice.’

In a previous interview the star had with Vogue, Beyoncé reveals her organs had ‘shifted temporarily’.

‘During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier.’

Beyonce traumatic experience preeclampsia

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The pre-eclampsia condition is a pregnancy complication that is 60 per cent more likely to affect black women than white women. It tends to affect young women, first pregnancies and women who are carrying multiple babies, in this case Beyoncé and her twins.

Because it causes high blood pressure, women who have it have increased risk of dying during childbirth.

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