The world may be keeping up with the Kardashians, but just like us, Kim has been keeping up with her ovulation schedule and tracking apps.
On their reality TV show and in a recent interviews, Kim has recently opened up about her fertility struggles in trying to get pregnant with baby number two. Coming from such a big family, giving her daughter North [who turns two this month] a sibling is extremely important to her and husband Kanye West. Kim, 34, expressed these feelings to Elle U.K. this past January saying, “I loved being part of a huge family – and I want that for North.”
However, the harsh reality of life tells us that we can’t always get what we want – no matter how rich or famous. Stars – they’re just like us—even, it seems, in heartache. According to the CDC, there are 6.7 million women [about 10%] in the United States ages 15-44 that are unable to get pregnant or carry a baby to term.
When asked by Glamour [for their upcoming July 2015 issue] if she’s been uncomfortable with the cameras around for conversations about her journey with fertility issues Kim explains that she was happy to share her story because she has seen so many other women are going through the same struggle. “I didn’t know that I was going to be so open with [my fertility challenges]. But meeting people at my fertility doctor’s office who are going through the same things I’m going through, I thought, ‘Why not share my story?’ It’s been really emotional.”
Kardashian West shared that she has been told everything from the fact that she’ll need her uterus removed after baby number two, that her and husband West should utilize a surrogate, and that everything will be fine by a multitude of doctors. She continued, “There are definitely times when I walked out [of the doctor’s office] hysterically crying, and other times when I was like, “OK, everything’s looking good—it’s going to be this month!” The waiting and waiting has been a roller coaster.”
The amount of patience this journey to motherhood requires can [after a while] be met with defeat, frustration, and exhaustion [as seen in the clip below of Kim at a doctor’s appointment from E!’s KeepingUp With the Kardashians].
Shows like ‘Teen Mom’ can make it seem like everyone and their prom date can get pregnant whenever they want, but that’s not necessarily the case. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, a woman’s most fertile years for reproducing are in her 20’s. “Fertility gradually declines in the 30s, particularly after age 35. Each month that she tries, a healthy, fertile 30-year-old woman has a 20% chance of getting pregnant. That means that for every 100 fertile 30-year-old women trying to get pregnant in 1 cycle, 20 will be successful and the other 80 will have to try again. These percentages are true for natural conception as well as conception using fertility treatment, including in vitro fertilization (IVF).”
What we’re trying to say here is…the struggle is real. And emotional. And draining. It knows no boundaries; no matter how many millions you’ve made. We may not be able to identify with Kim Kardashian on many levels, but as mothers, this one hits home. Mrs. Kardashian West, we applaud your vulnerability and appreciate your decision to share your journey with us. Infertility is not always easy to talk about, but it’s good to be honest about such a private struggle so many other women share.
This past Sunday night, in a trailer after the mid-season finale, Kardashian West reveals the good news that she is pregnant [in case you haven’t heard/seen on every social media platform known to man]. And really: We wish them nothing but the best!
Can’t wait to keep up with your Kardashian pregnancy style, Kim!