Beyoncé has spoken about the difficult birth of her twins last year and how she underwent an emergency caesarean section to deliver Rumi and Sir in June 2017.

The singer, 36, shared her story for the September issue of Vogue magazine, in which she appears on the cover.


“I was swollen from toxemia and had been on bed rest for over a month,” she shared.

“My health and my babies’ health were in danger, so I had an emergency C-section.

“We spent many weeks in the NICU.

“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. Today I have a connection to any parent who has been through such an experience.”

What is it?

Toxemia or Pre-eclampsia is a disorder of pregnancy characterised by high maternal blood pressure, and protein in the urine.

It is the most common serious medical complication of pregnancy, affecting around five to eight per cent of all pregnancies in Australia. One to two per cent of cases are severe enough to threaten the lives of both the mother and her unborn child.

Early symptoms of pre-eclampsia include:
a sudden rise in blood pressure (above levels at the start of pregnancy)
proteinuria (protein in your urine).

Over time, you may also develop fluid retention (oedema).

Some of the advanced symptoms of pre-eclampsia include:
visual disturbances, such as flashing lights
abdominal pain just below the ribs
nausea and vomiting.

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Beyoncé recently shared some very rare family photo’s, including twins Rumi and Sir, on a recent family holiday to Europe. See them here.

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  • Sometimes our bodies just say No.


  • For something touted as the mist natural thing in the world, it really isn’t for a lot of people and can sometimes be fraught with danger


  • I know of one Mum who died during childbirth as a result of Toxaemia and another who almost died. She was unconscious for a few days. Toxaemia is also known as Pre-clampsia. A nieghbour of mine had a baby who died as a result of the toxins that had gone into the baby prior to her birth. The baby fought for her life in NICU for a few days then passed away.


  • An emergency caesar is obviously a necessity that anyone will have to deliver a healthy baby or babies. Noone need ever apologise for it or explain it.


  • It’s fabulous when celebrities share stories like these. It can be hard to get people to listen and this certainly gets awareness.


  • Good on Beyonce for sharing her story – love these covers too.

    • Love the covers – particularly the gorgeous headpiece and vibrantly coloured dress.


  • That must have been a tough time !! Thanks for sharing Beyonce, glad it’s all over and you and your twins are all healthy !


  • Wow I feel for any mumma that goes through it


  • pre eclamsia sux emergency caesareans suck


  • I know a number of people who have had pre-eclampsia, it was alarming to hear about what they went through and then there are the emotions that came with it all….


  • It must be terrible indeed. Good on her to share her story. It will surely help other women in her same condition.


  • Preeclampsia is a horrible thing to get. I had an increased risk of getting it but thankfully didn’t get it!


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