The businesswoman and reality star is allegedly hiring a surrogate to carry her and Kanye West's third child. But why Kim Kardashian can't have more children might not be something that everyone knows off hand. The 36-year-old has been open in interviews and on Keeping Up With the Kardashians about previously suffering from the pregnancy condition known as placenta accreta. The American Pregnancy Association defines the condition as the following: "The placenta normally attaches to the uterine wall, however there is a condition that occurs where the placenta attaches itself too deeply into the wall of the uterus."
According to the same organization, this can lead to issues for both mother and baby, with the baby being at risk for a premature delivery and "subsequent complications," while the mother may end up "hemorrhaging during manual attempts to detach the placenta" to such an extent that it threatens her life.
When asked about her second pregnancy, Kardashian told C Magazine:
She spoke about the ordeal in more detail on her blog in 2015, explaining that after inducing labor “the placenta usually comes out. Mine did not.” She continued, writing:
Even after all of this, she explained that she still had to have surgery to remove the piece of placenta that had still remained inside her, and then yet another operation in order to remove the scar tissue so she could potentially get pregnant again. In the same blog post, she revealed that her "risk of having preclampsia and placenta acreeta" were increased after the issues from her first birth and described her mood, stating her "anxiety [was] a little high leading up to my delivery [of Kardashian's second child, Saint]."
Kardashian also revealed in the same blog post that, during her pregnancy with North West, she also suffered from preeclampsia, which according to livescience.com "can have body-wide effects and puts women at risk for serious complications, including seizures, liver and kidney damage, and even death."
During a 2017 episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the star revealed she had been warned by doctors that a third pregnancy could constitute a "high risk." She told her family: "I have to have a surgery on my uterus to kind of repair this hole, so they need to like clean that out and then there’s scar tissue."
On the same episode, she confided, "Kanye is just happy the surgery is over and that I’m fine. I know he wants more kids though so we are going to explore our other options." When asked if she would consider a surrogate, she replied, "I think that’s what we are going to try. It’s so frustrating."
Given all the risks the television personality has gone through before, this seems like a really smart decision. Here's hoping the star can enjoy all the happiness of bringing a new child into the world without having to worry about her health.