By now, you’ve probably heard that Kim Kardashian and her husband of three years, Kanye West, are expecting their third child together via surrogate.
The couple confirmed the news in late September as surrogacy rumours were flying around. Since then, the reality star has taken a lot of abuse over social media, accused of taking “the easy way out” by using a surrogate to carry her baby. But it should be known that this wasn’t driven by vanity—surrogacy isn’t a “fallback plan” so Kim can keep her figure intact.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Kim got candid about her surrogacy journey thus far, and how much harder it is for her than pregnancy.
Who's pregnant in Hollywood? “You know, it is really different,” the reality star said. “Anyone that says or thinks it is just the easy way out is just completely wrong. I think it is so much harder to go through it this way, because you are not really in control. And, you know, obviously you pick someone that you completely trust and that you have a good bond and relationship with, but it is still…knowing that I was able to carry my first two babies and not, you know, my baby now, it’s hard for me. So, it’s definitely a harder experience than I anticipated just in the control area.”
Any fan of Keeping Up with the Kardashians knows that for the past few seasons, Kim has really opened up about her pregnancy struggles with North, born in June 2013, and Saint, born in December 2015. Kim suffered from placenta accreta (among many other complications) with both pregnancies—a dangerous condition where the placenta doesn’t detach from the uterus after birth. On the most recent season, she expressed that she and Kanye were trying for a third—she even went through uterine surgery—but her doctors advised against it, saying it could be potentially fatal for her and the baby.
Because of her difficulties, she has called pregnancy the worst time experience of her life. But even still, she says she would have preferred to carry her third child herself.
“I hated being pregnant and I never thought I’d ever…I thought this was going to be so easy, but you know, even in how much I hated it, if I could do it myself I would have preferred that. So, that inner struggle is kind of hard, but I am just rolling with it and it is what it is.”
Of course, Kim is super grateful and happy to be welcoming another baby, but she’s going through an emotional time.
Subscribe to our daily newsletter! “I think it is definitely a different experience and I am blessed that I am able to do this, and technology is the way that it is that we can do this. But it is still a process that you need to digest. Even the fact that it is happening—and you do forget sometimes—because I think when you are pregnant, by the time you have the baby, you are so prepared and so ready, and now I am just like, ‘Oh my God I am going to freak out because I’m not ready and I’m not prepared,’ but it’ll just all come into place.”
On a more positive note, it seems that North and Saint are extremely stoked to be welcoming a new sibling into the family.
“They are excited,” Kim said. “We do talk about it a lot, so I think they are really excited. I think my son, I don’t know how he is going to react because he doesn’t get it yet, but my daughter is really excited.”
Kim accidentally spilled the beans in a recent Ellen interview that it’s a baby girl on the way.
With allegedly two months to go, the Wests need to step up their baby-naming game. We definitely don’t think they should go with Lip-Kit, but we kind of dig Star West. Either way, we have no doubt that they’ll choose something equally unique as North and Saint.
This past weekend, she threw a gorgeous pink-themed baby shower for “Star,” complete with a cherry blossom forest covering her entire home. She documented the setup through Snapchat, and many famous guests, including her sisters and Chrissy Teigen, were in attendance.
So let’s stop the shaming! We know everyone loves to hate the Kardashians, but it shouldn’t be anyone’s business how she and her husband have chosen to grow their family. Enduring pregnancy and fertility struggles is difficult for anyone—constantly being in the spotlight can certainly make it more intense. No one, including Kim K, should have to defend her choice to have a baby via surrogate.