Beyoncé’s cover story for Vogue is a radical tribute to motherhood and loving your body
Beyoncé, as is her right, tends to keep her family life tightly under wraps. Who can blame her? She’s one of the most famous people on the planet. If she wants some normalcy to enjoy with her husband and her growing babies, more power to her.
But every once in a while, she’ll throw us fans, the ever-hungry Beyhive, a bone. Today, that’s her cover story in September’s Vogue, where she describes the birth of her infant twins and how she’s come to love her body so much more after her second experience with motherhood.
But one of the more shocking parts of the interview was Beyoncé’s reveal that Rumi and Sir were born via an emergency C-section.
“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,” she explained. “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.”
That in itself would be enough stress for any mom. But Bey had upcoming performances to think about, and preparing to return to the stage while also allowing her body to recover took some rethinking about her own body. And Beyoncé’s words about loving the shape she became should inspire us all.
“After the C-section, my core felt different,” she said. “It had been major surgery. Some of your organs are shifted temporarily, and in rare cases, removed temporarily during delivery. I am not sure everyone understands that. 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. After six months, I started preparing for Coachella. I became vegan temporarily, gave up coffee, alcohol, and all fruit drinks. But I was patient with myself and enjoyed my fuller curves. My kids and husband did, too.”
It’s always refreshing to hear a celebrity being real about post-baby bodies. Too often, the media feeds us completely unrealistic expectations about “getting back to normal” after giving birth. But what is “normal” exactly? Could it be that it’s different for every mother, and what’s more important than looking identical to how you did before giving birth is taking care of your body and being healthy?
Or, as Bey puts it, “it’s important for women and men to see and appreciate the beauty in their natural bodies. That’s why I stripped away the wigs and hair extensions and used little makeup for this shoot.”
She added, “To this day 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. 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”
Words to live by.