When my sister was pregnant with my niece, I remember her telling me she had a horrible pregnancy. With health issues being prevalent, swollen feet being a regular, and morning sickness being present at all times of the day, there was a time where her doctors thought they were going to have to deliver her child early. When she was delivered the news, she immediately began researching others who have had premature births, and found out that there were many of her favorite celebrities who delivered preterm too.
After reading stories about celebrity pregnancies and the issues that brought them to have their children early, she came across an article in Parents that stated that the leading cause of death among newborns is due to premature birth. With indicators such as severe stress and blood pressure issues, we began to worry that she may have issues similar to the celebrities we were researching.
As her pregnancy got a little further along and her health issues decreased, the probability of her delivering early was decreased right along with it. Though my niece was born in time, the scare of having to deliver a possible unhealthy baby weeks or months early was something that brought the awareness of premature births to our entire family.
My sister, who now has a healthy and lively 2-year-old may not have experienced a premature birth, but these 13 celebrities did.
1. Kim Kardashian West
According to Parents magazine, Kim Kardashian West gave birth to North five weeks earlier than expected.
2. Bethenny Frankel
People wrote that Bethenny Frankel told her then husband, Jason Hoppy, that her water broke five weeks prior to baby Bryn's due date.
3. Faith Hill
Because her amniotic fluid was almost gone, Faith Hill gave birth to daughter Aubrey was eight weeks before schedule, according to Madame Noire.
4. Nancy Grace
Giving birth via emergency C-section, television journalist Nancy Grace delivered her twins almost two months early, Good Housekeeping reported.
5. Julia Roberts
Born just over five pounds each, Huffington Post wrote that Julia Roberts' twins, Phinnaeus and Hazel, was delivered via C-section at 36 weeks.
6. Sherri Shepherd
According to People, television star Sherri Shepherd gave birth to her son Jeffrey at only five-and-a-half months.
7. Celine Dion
8. Anna Faris
Actress Anna Faris successfully delivered her son, Jack, in 2012 despite being nine weeks early, according to Huffington Post.
9. Kate Gosselin
Reality TV star Kate Gosselin has had premature births with all of her children, according to Huffington Post, with her twins being five weeks early and her sextuplets being 10.
10. Angelina Jolie
USA Today noted that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were blessed with their twins, Knox and Vivienne, earlier than expected so that the babies could be born "in the best conditions."
11. Brooke Mueller
Actress Brooke Mueller and ex Charlie Sheen, welcomed their twin sons Max and Bob, seven weeks early after Mueller suffered from preeclampsia, Madame Noire wrote.
12. Blake Lively
Us Weekly confirmed that Blake Lively and husband Ryan Reynolds welcomed their first child together right before the 2015 New Year though birth wasn't scheduled until February.
13. Jamie Anne Allman
Born 81-days before her due date, actress Jamie Anne Allman's twin boys both weighed under four pounds, Us Weekly wrote.