These Celebrities Were Super Candid About Their Difficult Pregnancies

Those who have never had a child imagine pregnancy and parenthood in steps: conceive, go through the trimesters, give birth, nurse, etc. Women who have been pregnant know the reality is much more complex and often very, very difficult. Nausea may be categorized as charming “morning sickness” but in reality resembles the worst hangover you’ve ever had. The pills that counteract that nausea pack fun side effects like constipation, drowsiness, and headaches.

It’s often difficult to imagine glamorous, wealthy, and famous public figures like celebrities going through mundane tasks (how do you think “Celebs — they’re just like us!” got so popular?). What’s even tougher to imagine are those same celebrities experiencing the realities of pregnancy.

These celebs were quick to shed their elite facade and get real about their difficult pregnancies. They acted as an inspiration to other new moms who didn’t feel they fit the narrative of a “standard” expecting mother by sharing their stories.

Katherine Heigl

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Katherine Heigl shared a photo of herself a day before giving birth. | @katherineheigl via Instagram

Heigl was a mom of two before even experiencing her first pregnancy. The actress and her husband, Josh Kelley, adopted two daughters, Naleigh and Adalaide, three years apart. Heigl revealed she was never “determined to experience pregnancy,” and actually had a relatively easy experience while carrying her third child, son Joshua Bishop … minus one issue.

“I think it all threw me for a loop,” she told People Mag. “The thing that really got me was the indigestion. You can ask my costars [on the set of Doubt], I never stopped burping. And I felt terrible about it, but there was just nothing I could do — I would be in the middle of saying something and I’d just start burping. It was awful. I felt like a frat boy.” Heigl also found out weeks before Joshua’s birth that he breached and she would need to have a cesarean section.

The aftermath of her pregnancy proved a new experience for Heigl as well, who said she had serious “emotional highs and lows.”

“One minute you’re weirdly obsessed with this baby, like ‘Don’t take him out of my sight,’ and the next you’re kind of blue, you’re a little sad and a little freaked out,” she said. “I actually prefer the adoption way because I wasn’t subject to hormones.”

Kim Kardashian-West

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Kim Kardashian attends LACMA 2015 Art+Film Gala | Jason Merritt/Getty Images for LACMA

Kim Kardashian-west has always been the epitome of celebrity transparency when it comes to her family life and relationships. Her pregnancies were no different and shed light on the difficult health issues women have to deal with when giving birth. Kim wrote all about high-risk pregnancies on her personal website while pregnant with her second son, Saint West.

With her eldest child, North, Kim showed the less-than-idyllic pregnancy on the family reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians. She experienced a rare condition (only 5% of women get it) called preeclampsia, which causes body and facial swelling. Kim also had placenta accreta, where the placenta expands too deeply into the uterine wall and had to have her placenta removed in an extremely painful surgery following North’s birth.

The surgery made it much harder for Kim to get pregnant the second time around. She luckily had a safer experience delivering her son. She and husband Kanye West chose to have their third child, Chicago West, through a surrogate.

“My advice to anyone going through this or anything difficult during pregnancy is that all you can do is be hopeful, get the best information out there and just be prepared. The more information you have, the better you know how to handle it!” Kim said.

Jaime King

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Actress Jaime King attends The Game of Plenti at Skylight Modern | Mike Coppola/Getty Images for American Express – Plenti

Jaime King opened up about how tough it was for her to get pregnant, stay pregnant, and give birth after welcoming her first child, James Knight, into the world.

“For all the struggling women & moms out there that think they are alone — This is the truth about conceiving my son and struggles after. 8 yrs of pain and undiagnosed PCOS & Endometriosis,” she posted in a since-deleted Instagram post in 2014. King disclosed she had a severely ectopic pregnancy, experienced five miscarriages prior to her son, went through five rounds of IVF and 26 IUIs with no outcome.

King also experienced a sudden preeclampsia similar to Kardashian-West’s and had to have an early delivery with her son. She told ABC News her painful experiences with pregnancy compelled her to share the details of her story candidly to support women going through similar struggles.

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