The West family is getting bigger! According to a new report, Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West have hired a surrogate to carry their third child. Even more exciting, TMZ has revealed that the surrogate is in fact pregnant, and the couple is expecting a baby girl by the end of January!
As we know from Mrs. West's reality show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the mother of two has been hoping to expand her family, but due to certain health risks, her doctors have warned her against having another biological child. To be specific, the reality star and businesswoman suffered from placenta accreta during her pregnancy with Saint, who is now one. The condition occurs when the placenta grows into the wall of the womb, which prevents it from being detached at the time of birth. It was a painful process for West, to say the least. “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," she wrote on her blog. "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.”
The 36-year-old underwent a procedure to help her carry another baby, but it unfortunately failed. “I can’t carry any more kids.… It’s the worst,” she told friend Jonathan Cheban. “It’s not going to be happy for me. I had a full breakdown.… I give up.”
Like the reality star, many women suffer from infertility due to a number of different causes. Unfortunately, it's a topic that is never pleasant to discuss, but there are ways a doctor can help, thanks to new technology. In fact, some women have considered freezing their eggs early on in the hopes of getting pregnant in the future.
"We usually define infertility as a woman attempting to conceive by having regular unprotected intercourse [for a certain period of time], depending on the woman's age," Mazen Abdallah, a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, said. "If she's younger than 35, we say a year of attempt without success. If she's above the age of 35, we basically say six months of attempt without success. [At that point], we start a workup and then the treatment."