“I have always been really honest about my struggles with pregnancy. Preeclampsia and placenta accreta are high-risk conditions, so when I wanted to have a third baby, doctors said that it wasn’t safe for my — or the baby’s — health to carry on my own,” the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, 37, wrote in a post on her website and app on Thursday, January 18.
“After exploring many options, Kanye and I decided to use a gestational carrier,” she continued. “Although I have used the term surrogate in the past, a gestational carrier is actually the technical term for a woman who carries a baby that she has no biological relationship to. A traditional surrogate donates her egg, is artificially inseminated with the father’s sperm and then carries the baby to term. Since we implanted my fertilized egg in our gestational carrier, our baby is biologically mine and Kanye’s.”
Kardashian, whose high-risk pregnancies were documented on KUWTK, told fans that she and West, 40, decided to go through an agency to find a carrier rather than choosing someone they know. “Having a gestational carrier is definitely different, but anyone who says or thinks it’s the easy way out is completely wrong,” she wrote. “People assume it’s better because you don’t have to deal with the physical changes, pain or complications with delivery, but for me it was so hard to not carry my own child, especially after I carried North and Saint.”
The social media mogul and the “Famous” rapper, who tied the knot in Italy in 2014, welcomed a 7-pound, 6-ounce baby girl at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Monday, January 15. A source told Us that Kardashian was the first person to have skin-to-skin contact with her newborn daughter, followed by West. The baby was delivered without complications by the family’s trusted doctor Paul Crane.
“I’m so grateful for modern technology and that this is even possible,” the reality star concluded her blog post. “It’s not for everyone, but I absolutely love my gestational carrier and this was the best experience I’ve ever had. Our gestational carrier gave us the greatest gift one could give. The connection with our baby came instantly and it’s as if she was with us the whole time. Having a gestational carrier was so special for us and she made our dreams of expanding our family come true. We are so excited to finally welcome home our baby girl.”