In her new Netflix documentary, Beyoncé Knowles reveals that her pregnancy with twins Rumi and Sir was nothing short of “difficult.”
“Homecoming” gives fans insight into Beyoncé’s preparation for her headlining set at Coachella 2018. The performance paid tribute to the culture of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and the nine black Greek-letter organizations of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Variety reports.
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However, in the documentary, we learn just how much work it took to deliver a performance that dubbed the entire festival as “Beychella.”
Initially, Beyoncé was set to headline the popular festival in 2017 but had to cancel due to an unplanned occurrence.
The singer explained:
“I was supposed to do Coachella the year prior, but I got pregnant unexpectedly and it ended up being twins, which was even more of a surprise.”
As Beyoncé continues to talk about what she called “an extremely difficult pregnancy,” fans are shown never-before-seen clips of her and her family. Included are oldest daughter Blue Ivy, twins Rumi and Sir, and CEO husband and rapper Jay-Z.
The mother of three said:
“My body went through more than I knew it could.”
The documentary includes shots of the typically private entertainer in the delivery room, as she reveals that she experienced pre-eclampsia. As Dearly previously reported, the singer previously spoke about the challenges of her second pregnancy with Vogue.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the pregnancy complication, pre-eclampsia, is marked by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system like the liver and kidneys.
Further, Beyoncé shares that while giving birth to the twins, one of their “heartbeats paused a few times.” As a result, the singer had to undergo an emergency C-section.
Following the delivery, the entertainer says she weighed 218 pounds. She goes on to describe the struggle of getting back into shape for the show 10 months postpartum.
“It’s hard. There were days that I thought, you know, I’d never be the same. I’d never be the same physically. My strength and endurance would never be the same.”
Beyoncé can also be heard talking about burning calories by taking SoulCycle classes in addition to rigorous rehearsals for the show. According to the SoulCycle website, it is an indoor cycling class consisting of intense cardio, strength training, and rhythmic choreography.
“I had to rebuild my body from cut muscles. […] In the beginning, it was so many muscle spasms. 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.”
However, Beyoncé did not only challenge herself physically.
She stuck to a very strict vegan diet for months leading up to the show. In the film, the singer explains that she removed carbs, sugar, bread, meat, fish, and alcohol from her diet. She also stated that in doing so, she was often hungry.
The choreo. The dancers. The band. The precision. The dedication. The perseverance. The intentionality. The discipline. How can you not be inspired after seeing this film?
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But perhaps the most difficult part of her preparation was balancing all of this with being a mother.
“I would dance and go off to the trailer and breastfeed the babies.The days I could, I would bring the children. […] Just trying to figure out how to balance being a mother of a 6-year-old and of twins that need me, and giving myself creativity and physically, there’s a lot to juggle. It’s not like before when I could rehearse 15 hours straight. I have children. I have a husband. I have to take care of my body.”
In the film, Beyoncé says during the journey, she pushed herself to the max but definitely learned from it.
The former Destiny’s Child member stated:
“I definitely pushed myself further than I knew I could, and I’ve learned a very valuable lesson. I will never, never push myself that far again.”
Further, the singer now feels appreciative of the growth that came with being a parent.
“I feel like I’m just a new woman in a new chapter of my life and I’m not even trying to be who I was. It’s just so beautiful that children do that to you.”
Throughout these revelations, the “Homecoming” film showcases the final product of Beyoncé’s hard work, as the first black woman to headline Coachella. Further, the “Homecoming” soundtrack is now available on various streaming services.