The latest episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians revealed that surrogacy might be the only option if the star wants to have a third baby
Word on the street (and by street we mean reality TV) is, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are thinking about baby number three to expand their increasingly adorably chic family. (She's not the only Kardashian who has baby on the brain. Her brother Rob just welcomed his first child last week with fiancé Blac Chyna, who famously gained a lot of weight while pregnant.) But according to the latest episode of KUWTK, that might prove problematic for Kim, who suffered from a pregnancy complication known as preeclampsia with both of her previous pregnancies. On the latest episode, Kardashian West took a trip to the gynecologist along with mom Kris to discuss her options.
"You never know if you might have the same type of problem that could be more serious this time," her ob-gyn Paul Crane, M.D., told Kim. "You're always taking a little bit of a chance. There are situations where retained placenta could be life or death." Seeking a second opinion, Kim visited a fertility specialist, who confirmed the risks a third pregnancy would pose and introduced another possibility if she wants to have another baby: surrogacy.
"If the two doctors, that I trust, have told me it wouldn't be safe for me to get pregnant again, I have to listen to that," she says on the show. "But because I don't know anyone that has been a surrogate or used one, I didn't really think about that as an option for me. My bond with my kids is so strong, I think my biggest fear is that if I had a surrogate, would I love them the same? That's the main thing I keep thinking about." (P.S. here's how Kim got back to her pre-baby weight.)
There are virtually no statistics on how common it is to use a surrogate since the practice is privatized, but we do know that the decision is becoming more common. According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, the number of babies born by surrogacy doubled between 2004 and 2008. Whether or not Kim and Kayne will be among those families remains to be seen.