Kim Kardashian is Tired of Having to Explain That Chicago is Her Child

Kim Kardashian is famous for many things: her impressive social media influence, her long-running appearance on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, her marriage to controversial rapper Kanye West, and her new foray into legal activism. On top of all of these impressive and time-consuming roles, Kardashian is also a mother of four. 

She is clearly very proud of her family and enamored with her children, but her journey to motherhood was not an easy one. What’s especially hurtful for Kardashian, who struggled through two life-threatening pregnancies before turning to surrogacy, is that many people have made unkind comments about her as a mother. Perhaps one of the most hurtful of all is the unfounded belief that her daughter Chicago is not actually her child. 

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have four children 

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Kardashian and West first became parents when their daughter North was born in 2013. They were married in 2014 in Florence, Italy, and their family continued to grow.

Their son Saint was born in 2015. While they seemed to have a picture-perfect family, the truth was a lot scarier. Kardashian had serious health complications during both pregnancies, and she was advised to avoid any future pregnancies for her own safety. 

Kardashian revealed that she had preeclampsia while she was pregnant with North. The condition can be fatal and often results in premature birth, causing serious risks for both mother and baby.

She was hopeful that her next pregnancy would go more smoothly, but that was unfortunately not the case. Her pregnancy with Saint was equally challenging, and it was at that point that the couple knew any future children would have to be born some other way. 

Kim Kardashian turned to surrogacy 

Kim Kardashian attends the 2014 LACMA Art + Film Gala.
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Their next child, a daughter named Chicago, was born in 2018 via a surrogate. Kardashian made sure that her surrogate knew exactly whose child she would be carrying because she didn’t want the woman to be surprised by the celebrity nature of the situation.

Kardashian explained: “You could do it totally anonymously. You could go that route. [But] I just felt like, whoever is carrying my baby, what if they weren’t a fan of me or my husband? What if they didn’t want to be carrying our baby? I wanted to give them that choice, and be proud and on the same page. I wanted a relationship with her.”

Kardashian planned to use the same surrogate for another pregnancy, but she ended up partnering with another woman. That surrogate gave birth to a little boy named Psalm in 2019.

At that point, the famous group became a family of six, but there is speculation about whether they will have more children in the future. 

Kim Kardashian revealed some details of her journey

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Family law attorney Laura Wasser has a podcast called All’s Fair. Kardashian appeared as a guest on the February 11, 2020 episode. In the nearly hour-long interview, Kardashian opened up about her journey to motherhood and some of the most hurtful parts of her unconventional path for her last two children’s births. 

When Chicago was born, Kardashian was standing by the surrogate’s shoulders, waiting to see her daughter emerge into the world. When the baby arrived, Kardashian immediately took her, had skin-to-skin contact, and was able to go into a bonding room.

Kardashian has been hurt by uninformed people suggesting that Chicago doesn’t look like Kardashian and instead resembles the surrogate. Since the embryo implanted in the surrogate was created using Kardashian and West’s DNA, this speculation is completely unfounded. 

Most worrisome of all is the fact that Chicago herself will likely hear these rumors and comments as she gets older. Kardashian will likely want to protect her children from the potential cruelty of the critical public.