We frequently see celebrities who gain very little weight with pregnancy, keep a beautiful glow about them, gush about their happy experiences with pregnancy and wonderful births, and then are back into their size 2 dress by the next month. There are whole mommy blogs that have expressed angst at these women, who seem to fare so much better than the average woman when it comes to pregnancy, birth, and getting the perfect body back.
Not so with Kelly Clarkson. She gave birth to her second child, Remington, in April, and also has a 2-year-old daughter, River Rose. While Clarkson has seemed to adapt to motherhood wonderfully and delights in her two beautiful children, she is not telling any fairy tales about pregnancy. Instead, she revealed to Jenny McCarthy, and thus the world, how awful pregnancy was for her — so terrible that she vowed it would never happen again and she says she “made” her husband, Brandon Blackstock, get a vasectomy while she was still pregnant with Remi. Blackstock also has two children from a previous relationship, and he had no qualms about ensuring that they had no more, either.
Clark said she had no concerns at all that she was making the wrong decision with Blackstock’s vasectomy.
“I was literally pregnant with Remi, and I was like, ‘You are getting fixed. This will never happen to me again. If something happens, it’s a miracle of God. I literally told my Ob/Gyn on the table while open, ‘If I get pregnant again, I will find you!'”
It certainly wasn’t that she didn’t love her children, but pregnancy was absolutely terrible for Clarkson, with vomiting so severe that she was hospitalized during both pregnancies due to dehydration. This is a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum, and it affects about 10 percent of pregnancies. In very severe cases, it can threaten the life of the mother, but this was not the case in Clarkson’s situation. She was simply miserable and there was no “morning sickness.” Instead, she says, “I had all day sickness.”
Although she finds the end result of pregnancy beautiful, she found nothing about being pregnant beautiful, according to Refinery 29.
“It’s horrible. Nothing is beautiful, nothing is magical. Whatever, you’re that person that gets that pregnancy, good for you. But I will remind my children every day of their lives what I [went through].”
In fact, Clarkson had a tubal ligation, along with her husband’s vasectomy, and told McCarthy that if she got pregnant again “it would be an act of God.” The chances of pregnancy with both people being sterilized are less than one in 1 million, but the very small possibility still exists. No form of birth control is 100 percent effective, but Clarkson was determined to make her chances as small as possible.
Clarkson said her pregnancy was rough with River Rose, but she really did not want her daughter to grow up without a close-in-age sibling. Her pregnancy with Remington was much worse, she said, which prompted her feelings on “no more kids.”
Clarkson has had a turbulent couple of years as she struggled with hard pregnancies, weight gain, and the negative media attention that went along with it, and trying to get back into the groove as a star singer while juggling her responsibilities as a mom. Clarkson appeared on American Idol weeks before she gave birth to Remington to sing her single “Piece By Piece,” an emotional ballad that caused Clarkson to become emotional and have to stop singing several times while on stage, also leaving judges in tears. The song referred to Clarkson’s home that was torn apart by divorce, an absentee father who only wanted something to do with her once she became famous, and a stepfather that has been there for her and loved her through it all.
The song ends with Clarkson saying, “He’ll never break her heart, he’ll love her,” apparently referring to her husband’s relationship with their daughter.
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