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It's a boy for Kim and Kanye! 🎉

Baby #4 is a brother for North, Saint and Chi!

It's a boy for Kim and Kanye! 🎉
Kim Kardashian

Earlier this month we learned that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting their fourth child, and E! and People are reporting that #4 will be a boy.

According to E!, the couple's gestational surrogate is due in late spring. This is great news for a couple who are notoriously known for wanting a large family and already dote over the adorably cute North 5, Saint, 3, and Chicago, who turns 1 this month and was also born via a surrogate.

Surrogacy in the spotlight

After Kim had some scary health issues with her first two pregnancies, she turned to a surrogate for baby #3, so it makes sense that she's doing it again for baby #4.

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The 38-year-old reality star opened up about her issues to Elle, explaining that it felt like surrogacy was the right thing for her family—and she's been educating the public about the different kinds of surrogacy ever since.

"I refer to her as a surrogate, but it's completely my and Kanye's DNA, so technically that's called a gestational carrier. A surrogate is when they use the husband's sperm and the surrogate's egg," Kardashian told Elle in regards to Chicago's gestation.

Kim and Kanye, 41, reportedly decided to use a different surrogate for baby #4 after the timing didn't work out with the same surrogate who carried Chicago, who is pregnant with her own child right now, according to reports.

We'll have to wait and see if baby #4's gestational carrier appears on Keeping Up with The Kardashians. Chicago's surrogate made an appearance on the show last year, and said she was proud not just of being the surrogate to a famous family, but "proud of doing it in general."

She explained, "Like, with all the women who do have pregnancy issues, that [they] put so much trust in people like me, it's amazing."

Baby boy makes four (which may make Kim less stressed)

You might be thinking that four kids is a lot, but considering Kanye wants seven children, this adorable quad might be the magic number for Kim, who has previously said four children would be her limit.

"Kanye wants to have more, though. He's been harassing me," Kardashian said on a 2018 episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. "He wants like seven. He's like stuck on seven."

Kanye and Kim—who has five siblings of her own— just might be onto something with their growing family.

A survey by TODAY found moms of four or more kids report lower stress levels than moms of fewer kids, but they have to get over a hurdle to get there. The survey found moms of three stress more than those of us with just one or two kids, but once you get beyond three, it's smoother sailing.

Whether it's four kids, seven kids or 10 kids; #momlife sure looks good on Kim!

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