It’s confirmed! One of the most talked about celebrity couples, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have added to their family. The couple who already have two children — North, 4, and Saint, 2, — welcomed a third child, daughter Chicago, via surrogate on Jan. 15, 2018.
Kardashian, who has been known to share personal details of her life on her long-running E! reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, has been vocal about wanting a big family for many years. With five siblings herself, she said in a 2016 episode of her show, “I’d just love nothing more than to expand my family and just know that I have this world at home that’s safe.”
Unfortunately, during her first two pregnancies, Kardashian suffered from placenta accreta, an extremely painful condition that could be fatal for her if she carried another pregnancy to term. Therefore, the 36-year-old and her rapper husband decided to use surrogacy to have another child.
Still, it was not an easy decision for the couple. Here’s what we know about the pregnancy, including the one thing that made the ultra-popular duo couple decide to go for baby number three.
Changing North and Saint’s sibling dynamic
It’s no secret that the couple’s eldest child North is not exactly a fan of her younger brother, Saint. When filling in for Kelly Ripa on Live with Kelly and Ryan, Kardashian told Ryan Seacrest how North feels about her brother.
She said, “I mean, I don’t know if it’s because she’s the older sister. I don’t know what it is. I thought it was a phase. She does not like her brother.”
Though they’ve had public spats in the past, the businesswoman obviously adores her siblings, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Rob Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, and Kylie Jenner, so it’s been difficult for her to watch her children struggle to bond.
She explained, “It’s so hard for me. And I thought it was like, OK, a couple months; she’s just warming up to it. She would get so jealous when I would breastfeed and all that kind of stuff. And now the phase isn’t going away.”
Fostering a more loving relationship between North and her brother is great motivation for having another baby. The dynamics between two children versus three children are bound to change the way the Kardashian-West household runs entirely.
North is definitely a mama’s girl. As Kardashian explained when speaking to Seacrest, the tot will try and exclude her brother from playtime by creating girls-only tea parties. This means not even her famous dad can garner an invite. Since Chicago is a girl, perhaps North will change her tune about being a big sister.
Despite her apprehension about Saint, in her first ever tell-all with Interview, North said this was the best thing about having a little brother: “Giving him toy trucks, and I gave him a big toy bear.”
We’re clearly not giving North enough credit.
A life-threatening condition
Placenta accreta is a condition that occurs during pregnancy when blood vessels grow too deeply into the uterine wall. When that happens, childbirth is life-threatening for the mother and baby because it’s both extremely difficult and painful for the placenta to detach properly. Since another pregnancy could be potentially fatal for Kardashian, she decided to take another route.
A source told People, “Given her health scares in the past, Kim felt the need to hire a surrogacy agency that helped serve as the liaison in finding a healthy woman who would be a great surrogate option for her and Kanye. Both of them have been super involved in the process.”
A hard time during pregnancy
While many women love pregnancy, others find it incredibly difficult to adjust. On her website, Kardashian West got very candid about her personal pregnancy experiences, which may have been worsened by her painful placenta accreta condition. She wrote:
I’m gonna keep it real: For me, pregnancy is the worst experience of my life! Just always feel like I’m not in my own skin. The complete mindf**k of how your body expands and nothing fits. Do you know you have to wear a diaper for two months afterward? I don’t feel sexy, either – I feel insecure, and most of the time I just feel gross.
A healthy baby
Finding a surrogate mother to carry a child is no easy task for anyone, but the Kardashian-West clan seems to have found the perfect candidate. TMZ reported during her pregnancy that their surrogate was a black, college-educated, married woman in her 20s, who already has two children.
The woman was reportedly paid $113,000 to carry the Kardashian-West baby and had to adhere to a strict diet and exercise regimen. The surrogate also was not allowed to consume any raw fish, dye her hair, or use hot tubs.
“They want everything to be perfect and for the baby to be extremely healthy. They don’t want any complications and Kim is providing an ideal eating regimen and diet, so everyone knows what the baby is consuming before it’s born,” a source told PEOPLE.
Kardashian is super tight with her family — especially her mother, Kris Jenner. Having such a close relationship with her mother and siblings was also an important factor when deciding to have more children.
She said on KUWTK last spring, “If for some reason I left this earth sooner than I really wanted to, then my kids would have a support system at home, so that I know that they would be okay if I wasn’t here.”
A fresh start
It’s no secret that the last few years of the socialite and rapper’s lives has been tumultuous. In October 2016, Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in her Paris hotel room while she lay in bed. Shortly thereafter, West, while touring for his album The Life of Pablo, suffered a mental episode and had to be hospitalized for some time.
Though the couple stepped away from the spotlight to deal with things privately, welcoming a new baby is clearly a wonderful new beginning.
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