Kim Kardashian, 39, has revealed that she underwent five operations within a year and a half to ‘fix the damage’ caused by pregnancy. She’s a mother to four young children, two which she delivered naturally and two who were carried by a surrogate.
The reality star had a condition called preeclampsia or toxemia, and following the birth of her first baby her placenta didn’t come out but dangerously grew inside her, and despite managing to deliver a second child, required multiple surgeries.
Kanye West’s wife suffered from a number of complications while carrying North, six, and, after freezing her eggs was able to deliver her second, son Saint, four.
But, after the ‘same awful delivery’ during his birth, doctors refused to help her get pregnant via her frozen embryos a third time.
It was then that Kardashian turned to surrogates for the birth of third and fourth children: daughter Chicago, one, and son Psalm, seven months.
Speaking in a video for her new SKIMS campaign, Kim said: ‘When I was pregnant with my daughter North, I had a condition called preeclampsia or toxemia, which is basically when the mom’s organs start to shut down.
‘The only way to get rid of that is to deliver the baby. At 34 and a half weeks, I had to go into emergency labour – they induced me. North was four pounds. She was almost six weeks early.’ She went on to explain that after delivering her daughter, her placenta never came out but grew inside her uterus, warning: ‘That is what women die from in childbirth.’
Despite the difficult pregnancy and labour, the couple wanted more children but the KUWTK star had another complicated time while carrying Saint.
She continued: ‘After my daughter was born, I still continued to do the process of freezing my eggs.
‘I was able to get pregnant through that with my son Saint, and then I had two embryos left. I had the same condition, same awful delivery that I had with my first daughter.
‘After that, I had to have five different operations within a year and a half to fix the damage that all of that did on the inside.’
She recalled: ‘I asked my doctors, ‘Can I do it one more time?’ And they were like, “We won’t even put an embryo in you — that would be like malpractice”.’
Although she had a hard time having her family, Kim insists all the struggles were ‘worth it’.
She concluded: ‘I’m so thankful for my beautiful kids, no matter how they came to me — they came to me.
‘I’m so thankful for surrogates. I’m really thankful for my family. I grew up with so many siblings. I just loved being in a big environment.
‘I would have gone through the same pain and back for the result of having my babies. It was all worth it.’