9 Celebrity Moms Who Had Crazy-Hard Pregnancies
Kim Kardashian West
The reality star's less-than-idyllic pregnancy with daughter North was documented on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Besides preeclampsia, which caused swelling in her body and face, the reality star had placenta accreta—a condition in which "the placenta grows too deeply into the uterine wall," she wrote on her website. After giving birth to her little girl, Kim's placenta had to be surgically removed—yikes! "It was the most painful experience of my life!" she said. "I still had a piece of placenta attached inside of me and I had to have surgery to remove it. Then I had another surgery to remove the scar tissue. This was all preventing me from getting pregnant the second time around." Luckily, she was ultimately successful and delivered son Saint in December.
Just because you're a royal doesn't mean you're guaranteed to have a charmed pregnancy. While pregnant both times with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the Duchess of Cambridge suffered from a rare and severe form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum, which led to a stay in the hospital. Kate hasn't publicly discussed what she went through (severe dehydration and nausea are hallmarks of the condition) but we can only imagine the relief she felt afterwards with her two beautiful babies—and no more morning sickness.
Pop diva Mariah Carey had a dual challenge while pregnant with twins Moroccan and Monroe: She developed gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. "It was a huge strain. I would sit and then someone would have to help me up. I couldn't even go to the [bathroom] by myself," she told Barbara Walters on 20/20 in 2011. The high blood pressure from the preeclampsia led her to have a C-section delivery at 35 weeks. But becoming a mom at 40 was worth it. "It's been a journey for me," she told Steve Harvey.
While 20 weeks pregnant with her fourth child, Tori Spelling was diagnosed with placenta previa, a condition in which the placenta covers the cervix and can cause severe bleeding. The actress spent 10 weeks in the hospital and four months on bed rest. "When they put him in my arms I was like, 'We made it.'" she told US Weekly about delivering son Finn via C-section. "We have an insane bond. We've been through hell and back."
Forget morning sickness. "I'm familiar with all-day sickness," Kelly Clarkson told Gayle King on CBS This Morning. "I have to get IVs and fluids because I get so dehydrated. It's really bad." Still, the singer—who's expecting a son—says getting to "pop out magical unicorns" like her daughter River makes every heaving moment worth it.
Mom of four Mira Sorvino has called her third child, son Holden, a "miracle baby" after battling placenta previa during her pregnancy with him, which led to a nine-week hospitalization stay and complete bed rest. "I developed a blood clot (DVT) due to all the inactivity and had to be anti-coagulated for months to prevent a pulmonary embolism," Sorvino told People. "With everything that threatened this pregnancy and both of our lives, he came out of it completely unscathed: perfectly healthy, beautiful and wonderful!"
The supermodel suffered from preeclampsia during her pregnancy with daughter Valentina in 2010. After two weeks of bed rest, Lima delivered her daughter at only 34 weeks old. Born weighing 4.4 pounds, Valentina was the "smallest [baby] in the whole hospital," Lima told People. "I wish I had her at home but it wasn't possible in my case. As a parent you really want to give your best and you don't want [anything] to happen with the baby, so it was stressful." But Valentina was as strong as her mom and is now a happy big sister to little sib Sienna.
Pregnancy #3 with daughter Emery wasn't picture-perfect for the actress. "This third one has been horrible! First of all, I've had morning sickness. Hellooo! And then I got anemia, which was also new and horrible. And then I tore a disc in my back," the Rizzoli & Isles star told Pregnancy magazine. "So with this pregnancy I have not had two good days in a row; talk about frustration."
The movie star felt lucky to be pregnant at 40. "I thought I wasn't going to be able to and it was such an important thing to me," Salma told People. But getting through her pregnancy had many hurdles. "I gained a lot of weight. I had gestational diabetes. The pregnancy was really difficult for me," the Mexican actress explained to Oprah Winfrey. In fact, Hayek's husband Francois-Henri Pinault revealed that they were told Salma was told she was carrying a baby with Down syndrome. But when Valentina was born in 2008, she was healthy and is now her mama's favorite world-travel companion.