Jessica Simpson recalls being on ‘breathing machine’ during 2019 pregnancy

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Jessica Simpson’s 2019 pregnancy with daughter Birdie Mae Johnson was anything by easy.

In a new interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, the fashion mogul recalled being on a breathing machine while 34 weeks pregnant with severe bronchitis.


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“Her oxygen levels were dropping. I couldn’t breathe,” Jessica said of Birdie. “I was 260 pounds. She was a very big baby. We were like, ‘Just take her out.’ ”

Doctors were able to stabilize Birdie, and she was eventually born on March 19, 2019. 

Jessica previously spoke about the difficult pregnancy in her 2020 memoir “Open Book,” calling it the “pregnancy from hell.”

Birdie, Jess wrote, was “so big” that a C-section was scheduled nearly a month before her actual due date. Jess, too, was so big that she recalled “breaking a toilet seat leaning back.”

With that pregnancy now in the past, the former pop star — who also shares Maxwell, 9, and Ace, 8, with her husband, Eric Johnson — wouldn’t change a thing. 

“I have fallen more in love with my family watching them love our Birdie,” she wrote. “She came at just the right time for us.”


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Elsewhere in the book, Jessica also dished on her sobriety, having quit drinking in 2017. 

“I did make a huge shift in my life,” she said. “I was at that point in my life where my kids were growing older, and they were watching every move that I made. I just really wanted clarity.”

Alcohol, she said, severely clouded her judgment.

“I thought it was making me brave,” she wrote. “I thought it was making me confident, and it was actually the complete opposite —  it was silencing me.”

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