Happy Birthday Rumi and Sir Carter — A Look Back at Beyoncé’s Twins Dramatic Birth
Beyoncé gave birth to Rumi and Sir Carter during 2017
She’s the artist behind songs like “Crazy in Love” and “Run the World (Girls).” Beyoncé is also the mother of three children with her husband, Jay-Z. Her eldest child is her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, who was born on Jan. 7, 2012, and appeared on songs like “Brown Skin Girl” off of The Lion King: The Gift.
On June 13, 2017, Beyoncé gave birth to her twins, Rumi and Sir Carter, just a few weeks after announcing her pregnancy on social media. This birth, although highly anticipated, had some complications.
Beyoncé had an ‘emergency C-section’ for the birth of her twins
The babies were born healthy. However, there were some complications surrounding the birth of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s twins. During a 2018 interview with Vogue Magazine, Beyoncé detailed her experience postpartum.
“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. We spent many weeks in the NICU… I was in survival mode and did not grasp it all until months later.”
Preeclampsia, also known as toxemia, is a rare pregnancy complication “characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, most often the liver and kidneys,” according to the Mayo Clinic.
Beyoncé started rehearsal for Coachella shortly after giving birth to Rumi and Sir
Just months after giving birth to Rumi and Sir, Beyoncé started rehearsal for her 2018 Coachella performance. However, the artist shared that she had to “accept” her post-pregnancy body.
“After the C-section, my core felt different,” she continued. “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.”
The artist stated that she followed a plant-based diet in order to prepare for her performance. Later, the artist featured Rumi in her Disney+ exclusive visual album for The Lion King: The Gift, titled Black is King, dedicating the production to her son, Sir.
The deluxe version of The Lion King: The Gift is available on most major streaming platforms. The visual album, Black is King is available only on Disney’s subscription service. To learn more about Disney+, visit their website.