It’s Time to Stop Judging Kim Kardashian For Doing This 1 Thing

Judging celebrities is practically a national pastime, and so many of them make it so easy to do! Whether it’s Gwyneth Paltrow’s scammy product line or members of the rich and famous who refuse to tip fairly, there’s plenty to find to roll our eyes about. 

Among the easiest to criticize are the Kardashian-Jenner family. Since the entire group is basically famous for being famous and has put all of their personal lives in the spotlight for profit, it can feel like a free-for-all when it comes to passing judgment on their choices.

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However, just because their lives are openly available for public spectacle doesn’t give fans a free pass for judging every situation. 

In particular, Kim Kardashian has faced a lot of backlash, criticism, and jokes about her decision to use pregnancy surrogates to grow her family. It’s really time to stop judging her for this choice.  

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West started a family early

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There had been some buzz surrounding Kardashian and Kanye West after the pair worked together on Kardashian’s first attempt at a music video in 2011. The next year, Kardashian and West confirmed that they were dating, an announcement that brought out a lot of jokes and criticism since Kardashian was freshly divorced after her 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries.

Many speculated that West and Kardashian were simply performing a media stunt with their relationship. They soon proved the critics wrong; however, when they announced that they were expecting their first child together.

North West was born in 2013, and West proposed to Kardashian a few months later. Just a few weeks before North’s first birthday, the pair tied the knot.

In 2015, the happy couple excitedly announced that their family was growing. Saint West was born in December of that year. Kardashian carried both of those pregnancies herself, and she opened up about the physical and emotional turmoil she went through as a result. 

Kim Kardashian struggled during and after her pregnancies

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While she was pregnant with North, Kardashian suffered from a serious and life-threatening condition known as preeclampsia. The condition causes dangerously high blood pressure in pregnant women and impacts 5-8% of all births in the United States. It is one of the leading causes of maternal death. 

Kardashian was induced into labor when she was only 34 and a half weeks pregnant with North in an attempt to ward off the terrifying possible outcomes of the disease. Unfortunately, the complications didn’t end with the birth of her daughter. Her placenta failed to deliver normally, and the resulting growth inside of Kardashian caused additional trouble. 

She struggled with fertility issues after that pregnancy and explained how she became pregnant with her son Saint: “After my daughter was born, I still continued to do the process of freezing my eggs. I was able to get pregnant through that with my son Saint, and then I had two embryos left. I had the same condition, same awful delivery that I had with my first daughter.”

After two painful, dangerous, and damaging pregnancies, Kardashian underwent five separate surgeries to try to repair her body. 

Kim Kardashian turned to surrogacy 

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Even after those terrifying struggles, Kardashian says she was willing to try to get pregnant again: “I asked my doctors, ‘Can I do it one more time?” And they were like, ‘We won’t even put an embryo in you—that would be like malpractice.'”

With her options limited, Kardashian turned to surrogacy to grow here family. In January of 2018, the surrogate (whose identity has been kept secret as part of the process) gave birth to Kardashian and West’s third child, Chicago.

While Kardashian voiced some hesitation about growing her family even further, the pair ultimately decided to have another child. They went with a different surrogate who gave birth to their fourth child, Psalm, in May of 2019. 

While there may be much to mock about many celebrity lifestyles, Kardashian’s use of a surrogate to protect her own health isn’t one of them. She and West made difficult decisions based on their own desires for a large family and the advice of their medical team, and fans should respect those choices.