Beyoncé just became a whole lot more relatable. Queen Bey shared during an interview with Vogue that she had a difficult pregnancy with twins Rumi and Sir Carter and that she too had to learn to come to terms with her post-pregnancy body.
“After the birth of my first child [Blue Ivy, 6], I believed in the things society said about how my body should look,” she recalled to the mag for its September 2018 issue. “I put pressure on myself to lose all the baby weight in three months, and scheduled a small tour to assure I would do it. Looking back, that was crazy. I was still breastfeeding when I performed the Revel shows in Atlantic City in 2012.”
Bey learned from her first experience and said that after welcoming the twins, she “approached things very differently.”
For instance, she listened to her body.
“I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth to Rumi and Sir [now 13 months],” she continued. “I was swollen from toxemia and had been on bed rest for over a month. My health and my babies’ health were in danger, so I had an emergency C-section. We spent many weeks in the NICU.”
The relatively private songstress added that she had her husband, Jay Z, to lean on.
“[He] was a soldier and such a strong support system for me,” she gushed of the rapper, whom she’s been married to for 10 years. “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.”
@Beyonce, in her own words, gets real and raw about body acceptance, opening doors for the next generation of artists, her own family ancestry, and more in our September issue cover story. Tap the link in our bio to read the full piece. Photographed by @tylersphotos, fashion editor @tonnegood, Vogue, September 2018.
“Some of your organs are shifted temporarily, and in rare cases, removed temporarily during delivery. I am not sure everyone understands that,” she continued while discussing her post-baby body. “I needed time to heal, to recover. During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier. I accepted what my body wanted to be.”
13 months later and while Bey shed serious weight to slay the stage at Coachella — “I became vegan temporarily, gave up coffee, alcohol and all fruit drinks” — she embraces her newfound curves.
“My arms, shoulders, breasts and thighs are fuller. I have a little mommy pouch, and I’m in no rush to get rid of it,” she concluded. “I think it’s real. Whenever I’m ready to get a six-pack, I will go into beast zone and work my ass off until I have it. But right now, my little FUPA and I feel like we are meant to be.”