Janet Jackson is reportedly due to give birth sometime later this month and has allegedly revealed her “concerning” birth plan. The 50-year-old pop singer’s pregnancy with husband, Wissam Al Mana, 41, was confirmed back in May, two weeks before her 50th birthday. This is allegedly Janet Jackson’s first pregnancy, which is considered to be high-risk due to her age, leaving Wissam nervous about her birthing choice.
OK! Magazine exclusively shared on Sunday that Janet Jackson is choosing a “risky” home water birth with the help of a midwife and also hinted about the rumored gender of the couple’s baby.
The Daily Mail shared back in September that Janet Jackson had been spotted out shopping for baby furniture in London, wearing no makeup, sweatpants, and a sweater. As of early September, the “Nasty” singer had already gained a whopping 100 pounds, with over three months left before her due date, which has still not yet been confirmed — although rumors are now swirling that the youngest of the famous Jackson family’s 10 children could “pop” anytime. Janet Jackson had remained completely silent on social media regarding her pregnancy until she took to Twitter on November 19 to share with fans that she’s “still listening” and “doing well.”
Jackson ended the tweet with “Al Hamdu lillah,” an Arabic phrase that translates to “Praise be to God.” The New York Post reported in October of 2015 that Janet Jackson had allegedly converted to her husband’s faith of Islam, which prompted the American singer and songwriter to cover up in a “long white ensemble” for her comeback tour that same year for her album Unbreakable after taking a four-year hiatus from touring worldwide. Reps for Janet Jackson never confirmed the reported conversion, but the Daily Mail shared a photo in late October of Wissam Al Mana and a “wrapped up,” very pregnant Janet Jackson holding hands in London.
Wissam Al Mana is a billionaire businessman from Qatar, which is located in Western Asia and bordered by Saudi Arabia. Jackson and Al Mana reportedly met back in 2010 and secretly wed in 2012, but they didn’t make their marriage public until 2013, according to Us Weekly. In a public statement, released in February of 2013, Janet Jackson said they were married in a “quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony” and went on to say that they would appreciate their privacy and time to celebrate. Janet Jackson is a very private person, and Us Weekly called a dinner outing with Wissam back in April of 2015 a “rare public appearance.”
Janet Jackson has managed to keep quiet about details surrounding her pregnancy, and fans are ecstatic when new updates surface, especially since her due date is quickly approaching. Hollywood Life shared at the end of November that Janet Jackson is “just about ready to have her baby” and insists on a home birth, mainly due to privacy issues, as confirmed by the new exclusive OK! Magazine report that says Jackson is “keen” on keeping strangers away.
However, Wissam is reportedly urging Janet to give birth at a hospital, since her pregnancy is considered high-risk. An inside source allegedly said that Wissam can “usually get through to her,” but Janet Jackson isn’t yet sold on the idea of a hospital birth or possible c-section.
“Janet is insisting on a water birth at home, with the help of a midwife. She’s very nervous and thinks being in her own home will help her relax.”
The source allegedly went on to say that Janet Jackson wants the delivery to go as smoothly as possible. WebMD states that water births are generally safe during the first stage of labor to help ease pain and speed up delivery but usually don’t improve “your or your baby’s medical outcome.” Additionally, they may even be dangerous during stage two of labor, saying that delivering a baby underwater is experimental with risks.
WebMD goes on to state that birthing centers offer the use of a birthing pool with a “more homelike setting” than a hospital, which might be a safer option for Janet Jackson’s high-risk pregnancy. However, an article published on Parents say that women with high-risk pregnancies should not even attempt a water birth.
Reports claim that it’s ultimately up to Janet Jackson to decide how and where she’s going to give birth to her child, which is now “rumored to be a daughter.”
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