A danger: Beyoncé opens up about secret pre-eclampsia battle during pregnancy

Beyoncé is a powerhouse of a woman - singer, producer, performer, business maven, and mum.

And now the 37-year-old has revealed in her Netflix documentary, Homecoming, that she battled pre-eclampsia during her second pregnancy.

The movie does focus on her 2018 Coachella performance but she also touched upon her role as a mother to her three kids. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The singer is mum to seven-year-old Bue Ivy and one-year-old twins Rumour and Sir.

She got candid about suffering from pre-eclampsia when she was pregnant with the twins. 

She revealed how it took its toll on her saying, ''My body went through more than I knew it could.''

She weighed 218 pounds at the time of their birth and had a tough pregnancy, and this is when she developed high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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So what is it?

It is characterized by high blood pressure and is a leading cause of maternal death.

It is not preventable and symptoms of pre-eclampsia include severe headaches, abdominal pain, and changes in blood pressure. 

Beyoncé got honest about the fact that one of the twins' heartbeats stopped beating in the womb, so she had to have an emergency C-section.

She spoke before about suffering from the condition. 

She wrote in an essay for Vogue that she was "swollen with toxemia.''

She said, ''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."

We applaud her for being so honest about the condition and opening up the conversation for other women who have been through the same thing. 

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