It has been an exciting (and fertile) year for the Kardashian-Jenner family.
News first broke in September 2017 that Kim Kardashian and her husband, Kanye West, were expecting their third child.
Unexpected reports followed shortly afterward that Kim’s younger half sister, Kylie Jenner, was also expecting her first child. Just days later, sources reported that yet another sister, Khloé Kardashian, was expecting her first child as well.
While Kylie and Khloé have yet to officially confirm or deny their serendipitously timed baby news, Kim has confirmed that she and Kanye are expecting their third child. Unlike her sisters, Kim used a surrogate to carry her unborn baby.
TMZ reports that the surrogate is carrying a baby girl and is due in January 2018 (details that the family have yet to confirm officially). With her newest addition coming soon, Kim opened up in a recent interview about what it’s been like to use a surrogate after carrying her first two kids herself — and why it’s harder than people might think.
Scroll through to read more about what Kim had to say about her experience.
[H/T: ET Online]
Kim Kardashian has had a notoriously difficult road when it comes to growing her family.
Long before marrying her current husband Kanye West, Kim voiced her desire to be a mom someday — and publicly worried about whether it would ever happen for her. After divorcing her second husband, Kris Humphries, she told Glamour in 2011:
“I always wanted what Mom and Dad had. And at first, I was like, ‘I want six kids.’ Then I went down to four. Then I was down to three — and now, I’m like, ‘Maybe I won’t have any. Maybe I’ll just be a good aunt.’ At this moment in my life, I feel like maybe I’m not supposed to have kids and all that.”
But Kim’s dream of having a big family — just like her parents — did eventually come true.
Kim gave birth to her first child, daughter North West, in June 2013.
Though the early days of her first pregnancy went smoothly, Kim was soon beset with bodily changes and other ailments.
“I wouldn’t really wish that upon anyone — anyone,” she told Ellen DeGeneres in 2014. “It’s all worth it in the end, so I would definitely suffer through that. But pregnancy was not a good experience for me. At all.”
Despite those challenges (and warnings from her doctors), Kim decided to add to her family.
Son Saint West was born in December 2015 — and at the time, Kim seemed to be done with having kids.
“I said this last time. I said, ‘I am done. Don’t ever make me go through that again.’
“I am so honest about pregnancy. I think sometimes, [people] think I am ungrateful for being pregnant,” Kim revealed to Ryan Seacrest a month before Saint’s birth. “It was really hard this time for me to get pregnant. How miserable it is — swollen feet and heartburn — it is the worst.”
Kim began publicly discussing the possibility of using a surrogate on Keeping Up With The Kardashians in 2016. Rumors that Kim and Kanye had secretly hired a surrogate swirled for much of 2017 before being confirmed in September and discussed on episodes of the new season.
In a recent interview, Kim clapped back at critics who seemed to suggest that surrogacy was the easy way out.
Kim spoke with ET Online about the differences between having a child naturally (as she did with her first two kids) and having a child via surrogate. The reality star revealed that it was “really different” — and for her, “so much harder.”
“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.”
Despite having such a rough time during both of her pregnancies, Kim was surprised to find that she would have preferred to carry her third baby herself if she could.
“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,” she admitted. “So, that inner-struggle is kind of hard, but I am just rolling with it, and it is what it is.”
But overall, Kim feels that she is “blessed” that she is able to do this and that the technology exists to allow her to expand her family this way — though that hasn’t stopped her from feeling some pre-baby nervousness.
“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,” she explained.
As for North and Saint, Kim said they are both excited for the new addition, though she’s not sure how real it is to them yet without the sight of their mom’s growing baby bump.
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