Kim Kardashian West has revealed the extent of the surgeries she needed to repair the damage from her first two pregnancies, which ultimately led to having her two youngest children through surrogates.
The mother of four said Thursday in an Instagram video for her loungewear brand SKIMS that she underwent five surgeries after suffering complications while giving birth to her daughter North, 6, and son Saint, 4, with husband Kanye West.
“I actually had to have five different operations within a year and a half to fix the damage that all of that did inside,” she said.
During that time, she said she was still continuing with photo shoots and her family’s reality show, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
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Kardashian West, 39, has previously spoken about undergoing surgery in hope of getting pregnant a third time, but this is the first time she revealed how many procedures she endured.
She said in 2017 on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” that she was going to have surgery in order to have a third pregnancy, which ultimately proved to be unsuccessful.
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“So I asked my doctors, can I do it one more time, and they were like, ‘We won’t even put an embryo in you, that would be like malpractice,”’ she said in her latest video.
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During her first pregnancy with North, she suffered from preeclampsia, a potentially life-threatening pregnancy complication that can cause high blood pressure and damage to the liver and kidneys. She delivered North about six weeks prematurely after being induced into labor to alleviate the condition.
She also had placenta accreta, in which the placenta remains attached to the uterine wall and can cause severe blood loss while giving birth.
“That is what women die from in childbirth,” she said in the Instagram video.
Kardashian West again had both conditions during her pregnancy with Saint, necessitating the five surgeries after his birth to repair the damage.
Her two remaining embryos with her eggs and West’s sperm were implanted in gestational surrogates, who gave birth to 1-year-old Chicago and 7-month-old Psalm in the last two years.
“I am just so thankful for my beautiful kids,” she said in the video. “No matter how they came to me, they came to me … I would’ve gone through the same pain and back for the result of having my babies. It was all worth it.”
Plastic Surgery Blog: Kim Kardashians Nose, Did she have surgery?
According to an online Orange County Register blog post, a Los Angeles plastic surgeon and UCLA professor who specializes in rhinoplasty surgery made marks similar to surgical markings made before surgery on photos of Kim Kardashian’s face. He says that they illustrate his “forensic analysis” of changes made to her nose. The surgeon believes that Kardashian has had a rhinoplasty. He perceives “subtle” changes. “Kim Kardashian’s plastic surgeon must have known that s/he was messing with near perfection,” he says. Questions surrounding Kim Kardashian and plastic surgery, only one of which was a rhinoplasty, have come up before.
When she appeared on “Nightline” in 2010, she said she did not have a nose job and, after a consultation, chose not to get one .“But what’s funny is about my nose, it’s my biggest insecurity,” she said. “I always want to get my nose done. … I went to a doctor, I had them take the pictures, he showed me what it would look like and it just didn’t — It — I wouldn’t look the same.” Although many may scrutinize Kim Kardashian’s nose and wonder if, in fact, she had rhinoplasty, the reality is even with all of the photos and film footage; no one can tell for sure. This is a good thing! Dr. Kim explains to patients that good cosmetic work should not be immediately visible especially with a rhinoplasty procedure. The goal is to maintain the basic structure, character, and in some cases ethnicity of the nose. It is also important for a good surgeon to evaluate the entire face in comparison to the nose, and include recommendations if necessary like chin augmentation or blepharoplasty. The average person does not have their photograph taken as many times as a celebrity like Kim Kardashian;, however, every day the most important person will see your face. The most important person is you. DrKim strives to help patients make the best long-term cosmetic surgery decisions by maintaining a solid commitment to delivering the best possible cosmetic surgery results.
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Did Kim Kardashian Have Plastic Surgery? She Only Admits to This
Kim Kardashian has one of the most famous figures in the world. Even though she is celebrated, her curves have caused a lot of controversy over the past ten years.
Kardashian first burst on the scene in Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and ever since then, viewers have been talking about her style, her relationships, and of course, her body. With speculation about whether or not she altered her looks through plastic surgery, Kardashian recently opened up about one procedure that she definitely did not have.
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Did Kim Kardashian get butt implants?
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In 2007, when the world first became aware of Kardashian, her body type was not in fashion. The curvy reality star became famous for her rear end, which seemed to critics as disproportionately large compared to the rest of her body. Kardashian owned her curvaceous figure, regularly posing in skintight dresses or itsy-bitsy bikinis. Almost immediately, rumors that Kardashian had gotten fillers or implants in her backside started making the rounds.
Several times, Kardashian has spoken out to squash rumors that she’s gotten butt implants. On an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, she actually had her backside x-rayed in order to disprove the theories. Following the birth of her daughter North West, Kardashian stated outright that her body had changed after pregnancy and childbirth and that he backside grew larger because of it. She also said “shame on you” to anyone making fun of the way she looks. In spite of her protestations, the body controversies have continued for Kardashian.
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At the 2019 Met Gala, Kardashian stepped out in a fantastically body-hugging dress that made her look like a mermaid covered in gold. The dress made her waist, which was already toned from regular workouts and a strict diet, look incredibly small. So small, in fact, that the internet exploded in a discussion about whether or not Kardashian had some ribs removed in order to achieve the look.
Kardashian actually spoke out about the rumors shortly after the Met Gala, claiming that she hadn’t had any ribs removed and that she doesn’t even “know if that’s possible.”
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In general, Kardashian believes that people should “be unique” and not advocate for plastic surgery as a first option, even for those fans who are desperate to look like the reality star. She also claims that she herself has never had any plastic surgeries, only fillers, and some Botox.
In addition to rumors about her butt and waist, Kardashian has repeatedly had to disprove chatter that she has had a nose job. In old pictures of Kardashian, a small hump is clearly visible on her nose, while recent photos reveal that Kardashian’s nose appears much smaller and slimmer.
In a recent interview, Kardashian said that she’s “never had her nose done” and that the changing appearance of her nose has to do with two different things: contouring and professional makeup application, and having kids. She claims that having children changed the shape and structure of her features and that once you have kids, one’s “true features” come out. She did admit that she can understand why people think she had a nose job because her nose does look radically different in some photos.
What is pre-eclampsia?
During her pregnancy with North West, Kim Kardashian was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia – a rare condition that only affects a few women. While its exact cause is unknown, it is believed to stem from issues with the placenta. According to BabyCentre UK, it ‘causes the flow of blood through the placenta to be reduced’ and can mean that the ‘baby won’t get enough oxygen and nutrients, which may restrict growth’.
The NHS also explains that ‘the condition can lead to serious complications for both mother and baby’, so Kim Kardashian’s doctors recommended that she induce labour early to avoid further complications. She revealed that she had to deliver North West at just 34 weeks – six weeks early – but it unfortunately didn’t go very smoothly. Immediately after giving birth, Kim was struck with a life-threatening condition called placenta accreta.
What is placenta accreta?
Kim revealed her harrowing experience of placenta accreta, a condition where the placenta doesn’t attach from the wall of the womb properly. BabyCentre states that the condition occurs when ‘part of the placenta has deeply embedded itself into the womb’ and can lead to life-threatening blood haemorrhages for the mother.
Sometimes it’s hard to imagine how harrowing a medical condition can be, but Kim Kardashian delved into her traumatic personal experience.
She wrote in her post, ‘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!’
‘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.’
Even after all that however, she still had to go for two more surgeries to remove a leftover fragment and then to remove her scar tissue so that she could conceive again. It was a success and Saint West came to be, however before her labour she revealed to C Magazine, ‘ think I’ll have placenta accreta again, so if the placenta grows a little bit deeper than it did last time, then they are prepared to have my uterus removed, which is a little scary for me.’
Unfortunately, she did wind up having pregnancy complications. She revealed in another post that Saint West was breech, a condition where the baby is turned the wrong way around in the womb, was at risk for gestational diabetes and People reportedly said that she did in fact wind up undergoing placenta accreta for the second time after Saint West’s delivery.
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She revealed in Keeping Up with the Kardashians that the damage was extensive, leaving her with a hole in her uterus that required surgery if she was to conceive again. Unfortunately, the surgery was unsuccessful and she said, ‘I can’t carry anymore kids…it’s the worst. It’s not going to be happy for me…I had a full break down…I give up.’
Everything we know about Kim Kardashian’s surrogacy
It comes as no surprise that Kim Kardashian has chosen to go the surrogacy route, as she has been quite open about it on her reality TV show. Previously on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, she opened up to her sisters Khloe and Kourtney that she and Kanye were seriously considering surrogacy. She said, ‘I always knew surrogacy was an option, now it’s my reality. Whatever is meant to be will be.’
According to TMZ, she and Kanye West have hired a surrogate through an agency for their future addition to the family. Their surrogate will reportedly receive $45,000 in ten monthly instalments and the Kardashian-Wests will also have to make a deposit of $68,850 to the agency, with additional charges for organ-loss and additional children. They allegedly also have certain stipulations, such as a ban on smoking, drinking, drugs, hot tubs, raw fish, hair dye and other regulations for the duration of the pregnancy.
Other celebrities who used surrogates
Kim Kardashian is far from the first high profile celebrity to choose a surrogate. She joins the ranks of other couples, some of whose decisions have stemmed from fertility issues such as Tyra Banks, Elizabeth Banks, Jimmy Fallon and Sarah Jessica Parker, while others in same-sex relationships such as Neil Patrick Harris and Elton John have also followed suit.
All the best to Kim and her family – after everything she’s been through, we hope it all ends well.
What is placenta accreta? The pregnancy condition that Kim Kardashian suffered from is on the rise
When Kim Kardashian and Kanye West decided to have a third baby, they opted for a surrogate. While it’s easy to read this kind of headline and dismiss it as just another celebrity trope, the deeper meaning of Kardashian’s choice not to carry baby Chigaco was actually down to condition called placenta accreta, which she’d suffered from in her first two pregnancies.
Now doctors are warning that there should be more advice about placenta accreta to expectant mothers – particularly to those who have undergone fertility treatment or opt for a cesarean section, as this can increase the risk.
New Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) guidelines say that early diagnosis of the condition is vital, and that doctors should inform women of the safest way to give birth – particularly if they are planning to have more children down the line.
Pregnancy complications: Kim Kardashian (Denis Van Tine/PA)
After giving birth to her first child North West, Kardashian revealed the trauma she suffered and why she wants raise awareness about the rare medical condition that can put both a mother and baby’s life at risk.
She wrote on her website at the time: “Right after delivery, the placenta usually then comes out. Mine did not. My placenta stayed attached inside my uterus, which is a condition called placenta accreta.
“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.
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The reality TV star suffered with the same issue when she gave birth to Saint two years later, and the condition left irreparable damage to her body. She underwent surgery to repair a hole in her uterus so she’d be able to conceive again, but the procedure was unsuccessful.
What is placenta accreta?
When a woman gets pregnant, a placenta develops in her uterus. This spongy organ provides oxygen and nutrients to the growing fetus and removes waste products from the baby’s blood.
Usually, when you give birth, your placenta is naturally delivered through the vagina, alongside the baby.
Placenta accreta happens when a mother’s placenta grows too deeply into the lining of the uterus, to the point where it doesn’t naturally detatch on its own after the baby is born.
The placenta delivers nutrients and oxygen to the baby (Thinkatock/PA)
Though the placenta still performs its usual functions during pregnancy, the rare condition can be particularly dangerous and painful for mothers, because trying to manually detatch the placenta after birth can cause internal bleeding and damage to other organs that the placenta may be attached to. It can also cause women to give birth prematurely.
In aggressive cases, the placenta may even invade the muscles of the uterus or grow through the uterine wall. Generally, the deeper the placenta is attached, the more dangerous it is for the mother.
What are the symptoms?
The scary thing about placenta accreta is that there are usually no symptoms. Experts say that you might experience vaginal bleeding during the third trimester and, occasionally, it’s detected during a routine ultrasound.
Uterine surgery can raise your risk (Thinkstock/PA)
What causes it?
Doctors think that the condition is related to abnormalities in the lining of the uterus – if you’ve experienced scarring after a C-section or other uterine surgery, this can increase your risk. However, placenta accreta can occur without a history of uterine surgery, which is why all expectant mothers should be aware of it.
Other factors that can increase the risk of placenta accreta include
the positioning of your placenta; if the placenta partially or totally covers your cervix or sits in the lower portion of your uterus, you’ve got more chance of developing it.
Your maternal age can also play a part. Placenta accreta is more common in women older than 35, and the risk increases as your number of pregnancies increases.
How can I avoid getting it?
Unfortunately, there is nothing a woman can do to prevent placenta accreta from happening, and there is little that can be done once it’s been diagnosed – although your healthcare provider should monitor you closely with the intent of scheduling a delivery.
If the condition is diagnosed during pregnancy, you’ll likely need an early C-section delivery followed by the surgical removal of your uterus (hysterectomy), although surgery may also be performed to spare the uterus, depending on the damage.
The RCOG is warning that the rates of placenta accreta are increasing as a result of more women opting for cesarean births, and the rise of fertility treatments such as IVF.
Both can cause scarring in the uterus, which means that any pregnancies after an IVF or cesarean birth are more likely to produce placentas that implant in the scar tissue.
It’s often symptomless (Thinkstock/PA)
That’s why it’s particularly important to discuss any surgery or fertility treatments with your doctor, if you want to have additional children down the line.
If you’re concerned, the RCOG has produced a helpful online guide with information for women who may be at risk of the condition.
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Kim Kardashian wants to have a third baby.
“I’m going to try to have one more baby,” Kardashian says in a new promo for an upcoming episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”
But a third baby could be very risky for the reality TV star, who revealed in an episode last fall that she had experienced a serious complication involving her placenta during both of her first two pregnancies.
“I want my kids to have siblings, but the doctors don’t feel like it’s safe for me,” Kardashian says in the new clip.
“I don’t want you to do something that would put you in danger,” Kardashian’s mom, Kris Jenner, says.
During her first two pregnancies, Kardashian had a condition called placenta accreta, according to People magazine. Having the condition can increase a woman’s risk of having it again, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Placenta accreta affects 1 in 533 pregnancies, according to a 2005 study. It belongs to a group of conditions broadly called “retained placenta,” which means that the placenta isn’t delivered from the woman’s body as it normally would be, within 1 hour of the baby’s birth, according to the World Health Organization. In placenta accreta, not only does the placenta not come out of the uterus as it should, but the placental tissues actually grow deeper into the uterine wall than they do normally. In any case, when the placenta isn’t delivered, it can put a woman at risk for serious, and even deadly, bleeding, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Up to 7 percent of women with the condition die, and death can occur even when women and their doctors took all of the necessary precautions, ACOG says.
A woman with placenta accreta can lose an average of 3 to 5 liters (0.8 to 1.3 gallons) of blood during delivery, according to ACOG. (The average adult has about 4.5 to 5.5 liters, or 1.2 to 1.5 gallons, of blood in their body.) Up to 90 percent of women with placenta accreta need to have a blood transfusion during delivery, ACOG says.
Because of the risks associated with placenta accreta, if doctors suspect that a woman has the condition, ACOG generally recommends that the pregnancy be monitored closely, that the woman deliver the baby via cesarean section, and then, during the same operation, have the uterus removed. Once the uterus has been removed, a woman can no longer get pregnant.
ACOG notes that for women who do not want to have their uterus removed because they would like to get pregnant in the future, it’s important that doctors go over the risks of future pregnancies. The end results can be “unpredictable,” and there is an increased risk of serious complications during future pregnancies, ACOG says. These risks include miscarriage, premature birth and a reoccurrence of placenta accreta, according to the Mayo Clinic.
A 2007 study from France, for example, included 26 women who opted to try to keep their uterus after placenta accreta. A few wound up needing surgery anyway, and most of the 21 women who were able to keep their uteruses still required serious treatments, including blood transfusions and procedures to stop the bleeding. In addition, the study found that just three of the women went on to have successful future pregnancies.
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