Why Does Kim Kardashian Need a Surrogate for Baby No. 4?

Though they are some of the most polarizing people in the history of American popular culture, the Kardashians aren’t going anywhere. In fact, the Kardashian West clan, in particular, is only getting bigger. In January 2019 it was reported that Keeping Up with the Kardashians star Kim Kardashian and her rapper husband, Kanye West are expecting their fourth child via surrogate.

This baby will join their oldest daughter, North, son Saint, and infant daughter, Chicago who was also born via surrogate in 2017. Though we adore babies and we’re always excited to see their stunning faces — we wondered why Kardashian chose to use a surrogate again for her fourth baby.

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Kim Kardashian West from a condition called placenta accreta

Carrying a child to full term and then giving birth is much more dangerous than one would think. Though Kim Kardashian was able to carry and deliver her first two children, North and Saint, she suffers from a painful and life-threatening condition called placenta accreta. This occurs when the placenta attaches too deeply to the uterine wall. On her blog, Kardashian recalled how painful it was to give birth to North. She remembered,

My doctor had to stick his entire arm in me and detach the placenta with his hand, scraping it away from my uterus with his fingernails. How disgusting and painful!!! My mom was crying; she had never seen anything like this before. My delivery was fairly easy, but then going through that—it was the most painful experience of my life! They gave me a second epidural but we were racing against time, so I just had to deal. They say that this is what some women died from as a result of childbirth back in the day, without proper care. I’m so thankful that my doctor was able to catch this and address the issue immediately.’

Later, Kardashian’s doctor told her that it would be life-threatening for her to carry a baby and give birth again.

She also had pre-eclampsia

Placenta accreta was not the only thing that Kardashian had to contend with during her pregnancies. She also suffered from pre-eclampsia.  According to BabyCentre UK, it, “causes the flow of blood through the placenta to be reduced and can mean that the baby won’t get enough oxygen and nutrients, which may restrict [their] growth.” It also made Kardashian extremely swollen and uncomfortable. In fact, she had to deliver North, six weeks early to prevent any further complications.

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Choosing surrogacy

Now, Kardashian and West are set to welcome their fourth and last child, a baby boy in May 2019. In fact, she adored the surrogate that she used for Chicago so much, that it’s likely she chose the same woman to carry baby 4.

Kardashian told People, “I really, really enjoyed the surrogacy process. I will say, when it came to the breastfeeding time, I was like, ‘Okay, this is the best decision I ever made.’ It’s a game changer, having to not go through [nursing] every few hours. I can spend so much more time with the older kids and getting them used to the baby.”

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