Many celebrities have spoken candidly about their pregnancy and birthing experiences, opening up about receiving C-sections, and — at times — the issues that come along after the surgery.
Beyoncé was the latest celeb to reveal that she delivered her 1-year-old twins Rumi and Sir via emergency C-section, or delivery by an incision through a mother’s abdomen and uterus, causing her body to drastically change.
And Bey is not alone. According to the CDC, about 31.9 percent of babies are delivered via C-section. And that figure is higher when it comes to our community: Time reported in 2010 that C-sections were on the rise for Black women and recent articles have detailed the high complication rates that Black mothers often face.
Here are 11 celebs, from Beyoncé to Serena Williams, who have opened up about the experience.
The singer spoke candidly in Vogue's September issue
about having an emergency C-section, telling writer Clover Hope, "I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth to Rumi and Sir. 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."
Rose described her "terrifying" delivery during an appearance on The Ricki Lake Show
in 2013, revealing that she had to switch her plan at the last minute
. "I found out really, really late that my son was breech," she said. "It literally took me the whole time to prepare myself for a water birth, and like, in an instant, I was gonna get my abdomen cut open and have, like, major surgery. And I'd never had surgery before, so I was really, really scared."
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In 2016, Burruss spoke to Bravo
about her delivery plans, having previously confirmed that she would be undergoing a C-section.
Like her sister, Mowry-Housley has spoken candidly about undergoing a C-section, even detailing the complications she faced after giving birth. The Real co-host shared on Twitter
that the stitches from her C-section ripped open when she went to pick up her son and added, "So happy that there are people out there that understand the realities of a C-section. It's not easy. Especially when you're nursing!"
Shortly after giving birth in 2016, Ne-Yo's wife Crystal Renay took to Instagram
to show off her C-section scars. "Being on bedrest 85% of my pregnancy and not being able to work out the entire time was truly challenging and hard on my body," Crystal wrote. "Then to get a C-section on top of that was a major setback. My body isn't what it once was, but that's OK because now in the next coming weeks (AFTER I'M HEALED PROPERLY) I can share my #SNAPBACK journey and progress with you guys! This comeback is about to get real y'all!"
During an interview for ABC's 20/20
with then-husband Nick Cannon, Carey opened up about the complications she faced
during her pregnancy. Carey stated she suffered from a number of issues and things intensified as she approached the 30-week mark. "I was afraid I wasn't going to be able to walk properly again," she said. "I made it to 35 weeks and then the doctor said it wasn't safe anymore."
In the February issue of Vogue
, Williams opened up about the complications she faced during delivery, explaining to the publication that she had to receive an emergency c-section have her heart rate dropped drastically during contractions. The following day, Williams faced more complications as blood clots were found in her lungs.
Hudson has never strayed away from discussing her pregnancy and delivery, telling PEOPLE
that the recovery wasn't as bad as she'd expected. "Everybody told me how much it was going to hurt afterwards but I think I have a different tolerance for pain than others. By that night after I had the baby, I’m like, ‘Look, I can't sit in this bed anymore. I've got to get up! I've been up and about since he was born," she said. "To me, the pain is no different than when you work out a muscle you've never worked out before and it's sore."
Lopez welcomed twins Maximilian and Emme with then-husband Marc Anthony in 2008 via C-section.
Saldana told Allure in 2016
that she faced a scary situation when her twins arrived prematurely and she was forced to undergo an emergency C-section. "The boys came at 32 weeks. They found protein in my urine; my platelets crashed. I didn’t qualify for an epidural, so I delivered under general anesthetic. I didn’t even meet them until a day later," she recalled.