Most women will sail through pregnancy pretty smoothly, but pregnancy complications can happen to anyone — including celebrities — and we bring to you six celeb mums who’ve overcome one of the most common complication that can be life-threatening to both mum and baby: pre-eclampsia.
- Kim Kardashian
If you’re only familiar with Kim being a victim of serious fat-shaming cases during her pregnancy, you’re only half right. The starlet also confessed that she was battling with pre-eclampsia — which results in massive swelling and high blood pressure. As such, Kim’s doctors decided to induce labor five weeks early. The good news? Kim emerged out of the rough waters victoriously as she was reportedly to have a natural delivery for her daughter.
- Adriana Lima
The gorgeous Victoria Secret Model has opened up about pregnancy complications that lead to premature birth (just 34 weeks of gestation) of her daughter Valentina, after developing pre-eclampsia. Though it was painful to see Valentina weighing only four pounds four inches at birth, she is now a healthy growing girl!
- Jane Seymour
Being pregnant in your early 40s can be daunting, but Dr. Quinn, the Medicine Woman star has overcome it all. Her pre-eclampsia led to an emergency C-section delivery six weeks early, to save both her life and twin boys. Read all about it in her book, Two at a Time: Having Twins: A Journey Through Twin Pregnancy.
- Sophie Ellis-Bextor
The lead singer of an indie rock band Theaudience, seems to have it all — a strong career music, modelling and songwriting. Little did we know that the beauty went through two difficult pregnancies. She had pre-eclampsia with her first two pregnancies that leads to premature delivery that’s two weeks early. Thankfully, she was able to carry the baby till full term for the third pregnancy.
- Laura Bush
Probably a side of the former First Lady that you haven’t got to know, Laura revealed that her doctor caught signs of pre-eclampsia when she was pregnant with twins, Barbara and Jenna. Did we mention that she was on bed rest in the hospital till delivering them at 35 weeks? Look at how well the two “girls” now are — Jenna has become a mama of two herself, while Laura’s enjoying her time with her active granddaughters.
- Mariah Carey
Believe or not, the powerhouse singer has gone through aplenty of ordeals during pregnancy. After her miscarriage in 2008, Mariah told Hollywood Life that she was extra-cautious and superstitious and had to take multiple of tests (one with husband Nick Cannon) before believing that she was going to be a mummy! Besides suffering from Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM), Mariah also developed pre-eclampsia during pregnancy with her twins, increasing risk of seizures. The high blood pressure results in a C-section delivery at 38 weeks.
Find out more about pre-eclampsia in Singapore’s Child magazine Issue 178, in an article titled “Pre-eclampsia: What You Need to Know, written by Raja Jumira.
Do you know of anyone who had survived pre-eclampsia? Share your stories with us in the comments below!