Well, you certainly wouldn’t have heard it here first but I couldn’t possibly just keep quiet about this.
I’ve always been a fan of Beyonce’s music, just never a huge fan of her. She’s always had an aura of arrogance to me, which I just can’t get on with. That isn’t the point of this post but thought I’d just get that in there!
I always wondered if they would have another child, but after 5 years had passed I thought maybe they were happy with their daughter. I was pretty surprised to see this announcement and for some reason, it really got to me. Normally when I see celebrities getting pregnant it’s really easy to brush off, I don’t know them, they don’t know me, good on them for not having to go through what I’ve been through (potentially). There just seems to be something different about this one though.
Beyonce’s first pregnancy announcment at the 2011 VMA’s
Beyonce’s first pregnancy announcement with her daughter was of course, very elaborate and was non-stop talked about in the press for weeks on end and it’s certainly no different with this one. There’s a few things majorly different about it though, I’m going to get really deep into the image here so just bare with me. For one, she’s carrying twins (at the time the image was posted approximately 14wks). Secondly, the image is possibly 100% more elaborate than her first announcement and thirdly, this image represents to me that she has overcome something quite heart wrenching and now feels the need to adorn herself with positive energy – the flowers, the colour, half-nakedness, a feeling of angelic-ness is also majorly portrayed here with the veil. There’s maybe some sorrow in her face behind the veil, representative of how many years it’s taken to get to this happy place.
Beyonce’s second pregnancy announcement via her Instagram.
I can’t help but feel like Beyonce and Jay-Z had fertility struggles, just thinking about the long period of time from when their daughter was born until now. She did little press over the last 6 months, having just one main interview with Elle Magazine in April/May 2016 and not much ‘official’ press apart from that. Of course before that she released an album which was heavily advertised via social media and alongside some obligatory music videos to boot. Her fan base is so strong it’s almost unnecessary to do copious amounts of interviews and promotion.
Twin pregnancies account for one in six IVF births, compared to natural conception which is one in eighty. This is clearly quite high and of course very likely to happen with the procedure of IVF. (source found here.)
A lot of this leads me to believe that Beyonce’s second pregnancy has been a result of fertility treatment and potentially a long time of fertility struggles.
Of course, this is pure speculation, but if someone so prolific as Beyonce struggled with something like this, which is normally so damn taboo, should she maybe speak out about it? I know millions of women across the world would probably love to hear about her story and how they managed to get pregnant for the second time (or even the first time too! Who knows?!). I certainly would.
Everyday us ladies/gents going through infertility are greeted with a new baby announcement on social media. We are constantly reminded that everyone around us is getting pregnant, and we’re not. Sometimes it would be nice to know that we aren’t alone and that even someone as amazing as Beyonce has such human struggles as well.
I understand that infertility is extremely sensitive, (I mean, I’m going through it!) and not everyone wants to talk about it, or hear about it! I just wish that it was more talked about and people were more aware of it. Just because I am in a long-term relationship headed towards marriage I am constantly asked “when are you having babies?”, like it’s anyone’s business! Then I always struggle to smile and reply with “one day” with an incredibly fake cheerful grin. Just like ladies that have one child and are maybe going through secondary infertility, I bet being asked “when are you having another one?” is probably just as bad as the first! The problem is, people just don’t know. Raising more awareness would be amazing and maybe make some people a bit more sensitive to asking those types of questions?
Is Beyonce the person to do that?
Let me know what you think in the comments!
Love & baby dust,