It was on January 15 when Kim Kardashian and her husband, Kanye West, happily announced the arrival of their third child, Chicago West. While many fans of the Kardashian-West family were aware of the fact that Kim used a surrogate for her third child, the reality star revealed that the term ‘surrogate’ is actually not the right word used to describe her.
It was on her own personal blog where Kim revealed that she and Kanye chose to use a gestational carrier and not a surrogate.
The difference is that a surrogate is a woman who uses her own egg while a gestational carrier has no biological relationship with the child. She is simply carrying the fertilized egg in her body.
In her blog, Kim wrote: ‘after exploring many options, Kanye and I decided to use a gestational carrier. 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.’
She continued: ‘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.’
Kim, who previously carried the power couple’s two other children, North and Saint, was unable to carry her third child due to some pregnancy complications that she dealt with in the past.
The mother of three admitted to dealing with problems of preeclampsia and placenta accreta.
Kim added on her blog post: ‘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.’
It was on an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians where Kim revealed how heartbreaking it was for her not to be able to carry her own child.
She revealed that she attended all the gestational carrier’s doctor appointments and that she was the first to have skin-to-skin contact with her new baby.
‘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.’