Reality TV star Kim Kardashian and musician Kanye West are reportedly expecting their third child via a surrogate.
The pair already have two children – 4-year-old North and one-year-old Saint – but now it’s thought that they will be welcoming a new addition to their brood this winter.
The news have been reported by American website TMZ, who say Kim and Kanye hired a surrogate to deliver their third child, as it would be dangerous for Kim to get pregnant again because she’s suffered from placenta accreta in her past pregnancies.
TMZ have also reported the Wests’ third child will be a girl, and is expected to be born in January. The surrogate, who’s said to have been paid around $45,000 (£34,490), has been put on a strict lifestyle overhaul – which means she’s not allowed to smoke, drink, use hot tubs or saunas, dye her hair, take caffeine or eat raw fish.
Kim is already a mum to North and Saint
The mum-of-two has been very open about her struggle with placenta accreta, which means part of the placenta becomes deeply embedded into the womb during the pregnancy.
The condition became very serious when Kim was pregnant with Saint, and she was told a third pregnancy could potentially be life threatening.
Writing in a post in her blog, the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star explained that even though giving birth to Saint was ‘fairly easy’, doctors had to remove the placenta from her womb, which she considers the most ‘painful’ experience of her life.
Kim and Kanye tied the knot in May 2014
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‘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. How disgusting and painful!!! 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!’ she wrote.
‘They gave me a second epidural but we were racing against time, so I just had to deal. They say that this is what some women died from as a result of childbirth back in the day, without proper care. I’m so thankful that my doctor was able to catch this and address the issue immediately.’