The decision came after doctors cautioned the reality star that another pregnancy could be life-threatening.
Kim Kardashian has long been open about wanting to carry a third child, despite doctors cautioning against it. At one point, the reality TV queen even underwent a risky surgery to attempt to repair a hole in her uterus caused by placenta accreta, a potentially life-threatening condition Kim dealt with during her first pregnancy. After the unsuccessful surgery, it was evident that carrying a baby herself would be out of the question—which is why the family has finally decided to hire a surrogate to expand their family, according to People.
Placenta accreta occurs when the placenta attaches too deeply into the uterine wall and only affects one percent of all pregnancies. "My doctor had to stick his entire arm in me and detach the placenta with his hand, scraping it away from my uterus with his fingernails," Kim wrote on her blog shortly after giving birth to her daughter North West four years ago. "My mom was crying; she had never seen anything like this before. My delivery was fairly easy, but then going through that—it was the most painful experience of my life! They gave me a second epidural but we were racing against time, so I just had to deal." (Related: Kim Kardashian Opens Up About Getting Her Stretch Marks Removed)
As documented on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the idea of using a surrogate was introduced in November of last year after Kim reached out to her ob-gyn, Paul Crane, M.D. and a fertility specialist to weigh her options for getting pregnant again. At the time, the mother of two felt uneasy about the prospect and worried she wouldn't feel the same emotional attachment to a child carried by another woman.
"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 previously said on KUWTK. "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," she continued.
"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."
Clearly, Kim's desire to grow her family trumped any hesitations she had about surrogacy. As of right now, neither Kim nor Kanye have publically commented on the news, but it's safe to say we're looking forward to the big reveal.