Kim Kardashian West: My Fertility Struggles Took ‘the Fun out of’ Trying to Conceive

08/27/2015 at 11:00 AM ET

Weeks before her daughter turned 2, Kim Kardashian West confirmed North would soon be a big sister.

But the mom-to-be says in the September issue of C Magazine that the announcement came more than a year after she and husband Kanye West first began trying for a second child.

“I had so many complications. I had this condition called placenta accreta. There were a couple little operations to fix all that, so that created a little hole in my uterus, which I think made it really tough to get pregnant again,” she explains.

“It was a long road. I would go to the doctor in Beverly Hills every day at five in the morning to get tested to see if I was ovulating.”

In the revealing cover story celebrating the magazine’s 10th anniversary, Kardashian West admits she was forced to keep track of when she was ovulating and the strict schedule took “the fun out of” getting pregnant.

“I’m like, ‘I’m ovulating, get home now!’ He’d be like, ‘Wait, I’m in the studio,’ ” she recalls.

Kim Kardashian West pregnant C Magazine
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In addition to her doctor’s appointments, Kardashian West tried other avenues to help her conceive. “I was trying everything: I did acupuncture and got a nutritionist to eat healthier, thinking that was an issue,” she shares.

Although Kardashian West, 34, did eventually get pregnant — she and West will welcome a son in December — the possibility of a third child could be nonexistent.

“They 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,” the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star explains. “I think we’re just gonna go day by day, see how overwhelming it is, and see how the delivery goes.”

But her fertility struggles haven’t been the only difference between her first and second pregnancies. After being widely criticized for her fashion choices while pregnant with North, Kardashian West has decided to take a new approach this time around.

“The first time I was pregnant, Kanye and I were dating and I was just being introduced to the world of fashion. I wanted to work with a bunch of different stylists, and when you work with a new stylist, everyone wants to possess your look,” she explains. “They wanted me in really outrageous things, and really fashion-y things. It probably wasn’t the time to be experimenting.”

Then the couple decided to take their style into their own hands and chose pieces that worked best for them.

“After that, Kanye and I were just like, ‘Let’s do it ourselves.’ It was mainly him figuring it out — what my look was and what I was comfortable in,” she says. “So now I’ve had two years to really come into my own and have my own style.”

The mom-to-be now opts for a “more simple” look, she adds. “I figured out a formula of what works,” Kardashian West explains. “I also feel lucky that, as of right now, I don’t feel like I’m gonna get preeclampsia again, which last time [contributed to] not only the weight, but also the swelling that everyone would make fun of, not understanding that I had this condition.”

She continues, “It was the worst! I couldn’t help it, and everyone would say, ‘She can’t stop eating.’ I delivered at 180, and they were like, ‘She’s 210 pounds. She’s getting dumped because she’s too fat,’ and all these ridiculous stories. It really took a toll after the fact, when I was losing weight.”

As Kardashian West worked out to get her body before baby back — the reality star gained 50 lbs. during her pregnancy — she realized that her shape wasn’t the only thing that had changed over time.

“It changed the way I viewed wanting my picture taken. Before I was always smiling, and so into being out and about,” she recalls. “After I had the baby, I was like, ‘These are the same people that made fun of me, and posted the stories that were so awful, calling me fat for something I couldn’t control. I don’t want to smile for them. I don’t want to be out.’ ”

She adds, “Even if I was more confident, I just didn’t feel like being that girl who was going to be smiling for every photo. It changed my mood; it changed who I was; it changed my personality a lot.”

Despite her new outlook, Kardashian West admits the paparazzi have been “really respectful” when she’s out with her family, allowing both her and her sister Kourtney Kardashian to keep their children’s lives relatively normal.

“That’s probably why I can take [North] to ballet and things that she enjoys, because I feel like there has been a boundary that we’ve set,” she says. “It’s about teaching our kids that it’s a different world; there’s social media where you can be scrutinized … but it can be hard on your soul when you are so scrutinized. So it’s just about raising strong children. I would pray that whoever we bring into this life could handle this lifestyle, and I really believe they can. They chose us because they can.”

Kardashian West notes that being a mother to 2-year-old daughter North has helped her learn to prioritize her personal life.

“When I was pregnant with [North], I thought, My life is so hectic — how am I gonna take her to ballet classes and soccer?” she shares. “I had these visions of all the things I did growing up, and I was really freaked out. And when it happens, you just instinctively know how to do it.”

The step back from the spotlight during her first pregnancy paid off: While taking some time for herself, Kardashian West felt a sudden burst of inspiration.

“I was forced to take a break for awhile, I never liked downtime, but I decided I enjoyed it — that’s when the fun ideas come about. I felt like I was, I don’t want to say overexposed, but I had too many different projects,” she recalls.

“When I was brainstorming on my maternity leave, that’s when one of my greatest projects, the video game, came about. And that’s also when the book concept came — I was sitting there going through old photos, organizing my desktop.”

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Maci on

Why must we know this?

Patti on

Who cares

huh? on

We thought we’d never get rid of the Duggars but it happened.

It gives me hope that one day soon these people will get the same treatment.

guest on

And like, then like, and then like, and i was like…

harry on

Who cares? Stop having babies…now please!

heather on

The Duggers are still all over this website. How did we get rid of them?

Tam on

She’s human just like the rest of us. Her and I are both due in December (my first, a little girl). I commend her for telling her story about infertility. Stuff like this shouldn’t be considered TMI because it affects a lot of women who are too scared or embarrassed to talk about it.

smari on

Peeing on ovulation sticks then getting pregnant naturally within a year of trying isn’t really fertility struggles.

m on


m on

Like, shut up and go away!

Anonymous on

Some people should not procreate.

Patricia on

As someone who is struggling with infertility, I find it nice when other people share their stories. Unfortunately I don’t agree that Kim was suffering from infertility. Having to track your cycle is just a part of getting pregnant, clearly she doesn’t know this. I think on her part it was just a matter of impatience.

jeannie on

OMG…Shut up !!!

guest on

Oh boo Hoo…They reason is that her va j j was SO worn out from screwing so many black guys with all the diseases she contracted!

ErikaL on

Go away – please.

Justme on

No need to tell us what the “c” stands for, millions of U.S. Already know…haha oh and by the way, she claims she has pregnancy lips. Hey Kim I’m selling a bridge

lisa on

It was mainly him figuring it out — what my look was and what I was comfortable in,” she says. “So now I’ve had two years to really come into my own and have my own style.”
Is she so totally unaware of the words coming out of her mouth? He figured out her style for her?? Style is personal. He imposed his style on her and she just went along with it.

Anonymous on

Trying for a year and needing no medical intervention is NOT a fertility struggle. Stop it. It was insulting enough that you were giving interviews talking about surrogates when it turns out you were already pregnant and knew it.

Rachel on

Her kids are going to be 2 years apart and she said she tried for a year… GIVE ME A BREAK about fertility issues… She has no idea.

Justme on

Oh Tam my daughter is pregnant also, Kim kows fertility is bs. She knocked up in 5 episodes, it take so many 5+ years. She’s a big bser…your nose is brown it’s so far up…her

monalisalisa on

who cares!!

Marley Persimmon on

Oh shut up.

mika on

Umm, she did not get pregnant naturally. She suffered from infertility and got pregnant through ivf on her second cycle. Just because the docters diagnosed the problem quickly and recommended ivf after less than s year of trying doesn’t make her any less infertile. Say what you want about her life, but don’t minimize her fertile struggles, which women rich or poor go through everyday.

wah on


Mandy on

I don’t believe a word that comes out of her mouth. She & her entire family will do anything for attention. Please stop writing about them. Most people with a brain can’t stand them.

Guest on

Can we add a new reaction button called “eye roll”

oehmgee on

No matter how many “struggles” she has, I can’t find it in my heart to feel bad for her. She just doesn’t elicit any sort of positive feelings from me. Anything for attention right?

charlotte on

TMI….someone but a damn muzzle on that pig!

lilly pond on

Wish this pig would go away. They are all TRASH.

Mom of 3 on

Please, “infertility struggle” try 8 years or 10 years multiple miscarriages and then tell me about your fertility issues!! Cry me a river your gonna have 2 kids under 3 wow you really had a major struggle!!

Nanu21 on

She is always so full of herself thinking she is this big famous star who is entitled and then be married to old whats his name….geeezz! those boring Duggars have taken a great fall so hopefully the Kardashian/Jenners are next as all are quite stale and boring as same old same old with all of them……Have you baby, Kid staying home to raise it along with North…they deserve a full time mommy!!!

Kate on

It’s interesting how many women are on here bashing Kim Kardashian’s infertility struggles because their own infertility struggles are so much worse. Women just have to out do each other and bring each other down… I went through hell with infertility and know that I am lucky to be pregnant. I’m not a fan of the Kardashians, but I’m happy to see Kim being honest about her infertility. It impacts 1 in 8 couples but no one talks about it. Nice to see that she’s willing to be open about infertility.

Kathy on

Poor Kim. Maybe if she had a camera filming it all it would have been more “fun” for her.

CaseyL on

I agree with what others are posting. I don’t believe her infertility story. She got pregnant before her 1st child was two. She was crying about not being able to get pregnant, and yet was pregnant shortly after. I’m sorry,but I don’t believe the ivf story.I think she’s just making up as she goes along.

lisa on

omg people give her a break!! You really hate someone this much, someone you’ve never met who underneath it all is just as human as you? I don’t know who is worse, the over-exposed reality star or the negative, hate filled trolls who hide behind a computer and talk smack all day.

jeanne on

hahbahah, still slicking down that kids hair…cannot accept the kid has a fro…..hahahahah….

cb on

she always gives TMI – she thinks people need to know the intimate parts of her life. just like wearing all the revealing trashy clothes, she thinks people need to SEE all of her private business too. surely the woman can afford a stylist to help dress her. it is obvious she cannot do the job on her own (or with her trash husbands help)

Linda on

Who gives 2 s*&^S? I only comment because I’m so sickened that the Kardashians who offer nothing to this World are so popular. We have so many unsung heroes that should be recognized. I’m so frustrated.

elaria on

” changed my mood; it changed who I was; it changed my personality a lot.”
says the woman whom posses nude quite often.

Anonymous on

Shut up you narcissistic b*&^%. Some of us have been trying for seven years, yes, seven years with no luck and tons of debt because health insurance doesn’t cover anything. I’m done with people magazine.

guest on

Yet she did. She did.

Lauren on

Wow. Some of the nastiness on this site makes me so sad. Bashing Kim for talking about fertility struggles? Really? Does that make you feel better about yourself? Kim DID have fertility issues. Having multiple procedures, seeing a doctor to monitor and detect ovulation and then having IVF absolutely classifies as fertility issues. As someone who has been trying for over a year and a half to get pregnant, I feel for her. No matter how long you try, it’s a huge let-down every month you’re not pregnant. Criticize her for whatever you want, but leave her fertility issues out of it.

Catherine on

Her problems took the fun out of getting pregnant much the same way that her family takes the fun out of reading People magazine.

Else on

What a victim. First of all, her “style” is horrific – all sausage casings and too much cleavage. Hint #1: If we can see your spanx line, it’s too tight. Hint #2: if we can see your underwire, it’s too low. Second, it’s well known that she doesn’t smile because she’s had too much botox and she’s terrified of wrinkling. For a woman in her mid-thirties, she’s frighteningly immature.

justsayin on

I see the same trolls who complain about her follow every article about her and have nerve to comment “who cares”. Well your pathetic hater self sure does or you wouldn’t be trolling her on every media site. It’s not like you magically land on these articles about Kim. You have to type her name in the search bar and click.

Sigourney on

I do like her pregnancy style, the long, stretchy super comfortable looking dresses. Excellent choices… come the jealous fat shaming haters of a pregnant woman…..

Anonymous on

I thought they were going to call the little girl “Nori”? They’re still calling her North. Poor thing.

gina3566 on

How is it that taking a little over a year to conceive after the birth of her first child is a fertility struggle? I’m guessing she never consider the fact that she is stressing her body with diets, flying all over the world from time zones to time zones with no break, botox, fillers, etc may have had something to do with it? Also helps if your husband is on the same continent as your are.

MomOf3kids on

Hmmm, I don’t remember reading that she had a c-section with North
“Placenta accreta is considered a high-risk pregnancy complication. If placenta accreta is suspected during pregnancy, you’ll likely need an early C-section delivery followed by the surgical removal of your uterus (hysterectomy).”

tracys38 on

Go away..please, please…just go away!!!

Don't judge on

Why are you people judging Kim for talking about her struggles? First she is wrong to give too much information, then she is wrong again for not giving every detail about her infertility treatments, schedules etc. Also, if you don’t know what placenta accreta is, then you have no idea how dangerous it is for both Mom and baby. She is right, her chances of having it again are big…and yes, it will probably be even worse this time and there is a good chance that she will loose her uterus. Women die, babies die…because of placenta accreta. I know, I had it too and lost my uterus and almost my life. Please, wish her good luck! It’s very scary to know about the complications that she will likely face…premature baby, uncontrolled bleeding, major surgery, hysterectomy, possibility of the placenta invading other organs (like mine did) and a very long recovery time etc. I’m so glad that she is bringing up this rare condition. Good luck to you Kim and I hope that accreta is not the final diagnosis.

Paula on

Still has what most people would die for (financial security, a healthy child and another on the way) and still not happy, still complaining. F these people man. Ungrateful losers.

Erin on


digal704 on

First, I don’t see Kanye leaving what he’s doing for anyone or anything. Secondly, I don’t believe she has ever struggled with fertility. If I’m wrong then she is one lucky lady. No years of waiting, miscarriages, failed IVF nothing. She also needs to shout out her doctor who would have patients in droves due to her success.

fatalreview on

Kimmode is a liar ALL her whining about fertility?? she got pregnant in February if as she says she was 4 month on June 1st–so it’s alll bulll sh-ttt-and now she still wants whine about how hard it is for her to calve a couple of spawn??–and C must stand for giant cunttt cause Kimmode is NO TRUE Cali Girl-not a chance -she is a Hollyweird fame drooling scummy pornnn skankk who has ruined social media–Those girls on the beach surfing everyday are the REAL CALI girls not this whining selfie pornn worthless fat cow

MomOf3kids on

@Don’t judge – “Also, if you don’t know what placenta accreta is, then you have no idea how dangerous it is for both Mom and baby. She is right, her chances of having it again are big…and yes, it will probably be even worse this time and there is a good chance that she will loose her uterus. Women die, babies die…because of placenta accreta. ”

If that’s the case then don’t you think she would have been smarter to use a surrogate this time around. I mean it’s not like she doesn’t have the $$$$ to do that.

don't judge on

@momof3kids. I agree with you, getting pregnant after a diagnosis of placenta accreta is very risky. There are many who can have a healthy pregnancy, but so many who suffer of placental problems again due to the scar tissue in their uterine lining. She took a chance, and now she is carrying another child. Some accretas can be repaired and when closely monitored, and with an excellent team of doctors, I hope that she can have a healthy pregnancy. She says that her Dr fears that she will have it again. They can see it pretty early in the pregnancy, mine was diagnosed half way through. It’s a terrifying condition , I would not wish it on anyone.

Donna on

I think that her complaining about infertility and it’s struggles is an insult to those who actually have struggles.

mybabyhenry on

she doesn’t feel like she is going to get pre eclampsia this time… most doctors and women who have had it will tell you that if you have had it with a pregnancy, chances are 90% you will develop it with subsequent pregnancies. I had it in the last month with my first baby, and so my doctor was on the lookout in my second. I developed it in the last two months, and had to have an emergency csection. So my doctor has warned me that it will be worse if we were to have a 3rd baby, and i would have to be monitored from month 4.
she knew clearly that she had it from the excessive swelling and still put herself in danger and North by squeezing herself into everything, and then being upset that she was being mocked PLEASE

mybabyhenry on

@fakenerd exactly! it is almost guaranteed that she will develop pre eclampsia, there is a lot of strangeness going on with her and the ‘pregnancy’.

donna on

omg Kim so get over yourself Noone gives a crap how ugly you are and how your pregnancy is going. You are an ugly person to the bone and so is everyone in your family. Do not care about anything but the God Almightly buck. Feel so sorry for all of you

ch2nda on

She did do IVF but that cycle didn’t work, she didn’t get pregnant from that cycle. After the embryos were transferred, her blood hcg (pregnancy test) was too low to be a viable pregnancy. She got pregnant on her own. one year of timed intercourse, ovulation predictor kits, blood crows at the reproductive endocrinologist to see if she was ovulating, and ultimately getting pregnant without medical intervention in a year isn’t the worst case of infertility, and probably isn’t infertility at all. I have no fallopian tubes, they had to be removed because they were blocked and filled with toxic fluid (hydrosalpinx) so my only option is IVF. I did it 4 times. After 4 times got pregnant with triplets, one set of identical twins, and a singleton baby (we transferred 2 embryos, one of them split). One of my identicals never got a heartbeat and reabsorbed from a yolk sac at about 6 weeks. The other identical had a heartbeat at 6 weeks along with my singleton. By 14 weeks my identical’s heartbeat had stopped, to our heartbreak. My singleton made it to 37w3d, was 6 lbs 19 oz and 19.5 inches long. He was in NICU for 6 days. I also had placenta previa 100% and had a huge bleed with preterm labor at 30 weeks. I was hospitalized for a week, on Terbutaline, and got the Dexamethasone shots so my baby’s lungs would be ready, should he be delivered early. I went home at 31 weeks on complete bed rest and on oral Procardia to quiet my contractions. I saw my perinatologist 2 times a week for the next 7 weeks for biophysical profiles, ultrasounds, and even went to Labor & Delivery two times for decreased fetal movement. When I was in the main OR (not the one on the L&D floor) after I delivered and my son was taken to NICU, I couldn’t stop bleeding. My uterus wouldn’t contract back down, and my perinatologist even said he’d probably be taking me to the OR again to do a hysterectomy. I got Pitocin to try to help stop the bleeding, as well as a few blood transfusions. I never saw my son until he was over 24 hours. On day 6 of his life, I was still in the hospital, and no better, my incision ripped open, stool spilled out, and I was rushed back to the OR. I had a tear in my small intestine that had been there since they tried so hard to get my son out of me (I had no amniotic fluid left so he didn’t come out easily). I was very sick after this, i very well could’ve died in the OR (My husband is an ER doctor and I am a NICU nurse), I had sepsis, an overwhelming blood infection, and I was put into the adult ICU in guarded condition. I couldn’t even see my son. The NICU discharged him the morning after my life saving surgery. My husband and my mother had to take him home without his mom, while I stayed in the hospital for 5 weeks. I had a hysterectomy about 18 months later. no babies anymore for me. I still have very bad intestinal issues too. Kim wouldn’t know how to deal with real chronic issues.

Vola on

She can shut up know!

Jessica on

I have PCOS and endometriosis, we tried for three years, used clomid and metformin and even that I know does not compare at all to what some people go through. She did not have an infertility issue and when you ovulate you don’t need to have your hubby home within five minutes. All of this is fabricated and insulting to women who are struggling to have their own precious miracle. I feel like I should apologize for her….

Anonymous on

Yay Kim looks so different in this photo LOL.

London Obstetrician on

“most doctors and women who have had it will tell you that if you have had it with a pregnancy, chances are 90% you will develop it with subsequent pregnancies.”

@mybabyhenry – the risk of her getting pre-eclampsia during her second pregnancy is around 15%. She is not almost guaranteed to get it.

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Here’s some info about Placenta Acreta…..and Kim K’s info about this issue isn’t completely 100% correct. I believe this is Kim’s way of continuing to get attention…which is a Piss Poor reason for attention. She isn’t being truthful….no one has to run home in 5 minutes when you are fertile….come on everyone, we got rid of the Duggars, let’s work on getting rid of the KarTRASHIANS …..we don’t need to have this family in our faces all the time…..

Suze on

OPPS! Sorry, I didn’t put this link on my post about Placenta Acreta….read it…Kim isn’t being truthful here.

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