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- Kim Kardashian-West used a surrogate to have her third child, Chicago, and is now reportedly using a surrogate to have her fourth child, a boy.
- Kardashian-West has the condition placenta accreta.
- The condition is when placenta is hard to remove after birth.
- Though Kardashian-West didn’t use a surrogate for her second child, she ultimately decided that it was her best option for her third child, Chicago.
- Placenta accreta cannot be prevented, but diagnosed pregnant women can take certain precautions to ensure a safe birth.
Kim Kardashian-West has always wanted a big family, and now she’s reportedly expecting a fourth child with husband Kanye West via surrogate. According to reports, the couple is expecting a boy to add to their three children: North, Saint, and Chicago, who was also born via surrogate on January 15, 2018.
Although she’s previously talked about how hard it was at first to have a surrogate, Kardashian-West has a common, dangerous condition that makes surrogacy the safest option for her and the baby.
Kim Kardashian-West suffers from placenta accreta, which makes labor and delivery difficult
According to the American Pregnancy Association, placenta accreta is when the placenta, an organ that develops during pregnancy, attaches too deep in the uterine wall, making it hard to detach and remove during birth.
Kardashian-West recounted the painful way the placenta was removed after giving birth to her daughter North on her blog, People reported. “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,” she wrote. “How disgusting and painful.”
She had a second child knowing the risks of her condition, but decided surrogacy was her safest option for her third child
She told C Magazine in an interview that it “was a long road,” to get pregnant with her second child after having dealt with complications from the condition.
“There were a couple of little operations to fix all that, so that created a little hole in my uterus, which I think made it really tough to get pregnant again,” she said of her second pregnancy.
After her second pregnancy, Kardashian-West had a failed surgery to be able to have more kids, according to People. This led her to enlist the help of a surrogate to expand her family for her third child, Chicago.
Dr. Nathaniel G. DeNicola, an OB-GYN affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, spoke with People about the condition saying that it can lead to fertility issues like Kardashian-West’s and other potential health risks.
“In addition to the likely need for a Cesarean Hysterectomy, women with placenta accreta are at risk for heavy blood loss during delivery, called postpartum hemorrhage,” DeNicola says.
Now, according to reports, Kardashian-West is expecting another child via surrogate, a son.
Women who are most at risk are typically those who have previously had C-sections
According to the American Pregnancy Association, no treatment can prevent placenta accreta, but if you are pregnant and diagnosed with the condition, you can schedule an early delivery and possibly have a surgery that can spare the uterus. The condition can sometimes be detected before delivery with the help of ultrasounds or an MRI.
It’s important to speak with your doctor during pregnancy and create a plan of action if you are diagnosed with placenta accreta, especially if you plan on having more than one child. Kardashian-West’s plan involved using a surrogate for her latest pregnancy, and now she can avoid health complications while watching her family grow.