We always knew childbirth had been a difficult ordeal for Kim Kardashian West, but to hear her recount the health problems she faced like this… we have a totally new level of respect for her, and all the moms out there like her!
The KUWTK superstar released a new video clip for her shapewear company Skims on Thursday afternoon, but instead of promoting the product, she opens up about suffering from a condition called pre-eclampsia (or toxemia) during both of her pregnancies with North and Saint.
In the vid, the 39-year-old mom of four (surrogates carried Chicago and Psalm) recounts some of her most difficult days dealing with the disease, which she succinctly explains as “basically when the mom’s organs start to shut down,” while also noting how “the only way to get rid of it is to deliver the baby.”
Seriously… so scary!
“That is what women die from in childbirth,” Kim added, continuing to explain more about a secondary condition brought on called placenta accreta.
The beauty mogul and TV star continued on from there, adding:
“After that I actually had to have five different operations within a year and a half to fix the damage that all of that did from the inside. But on the outside I was filming and photo shoots and, you know. I asked my doctors, ‘Can I do it [give birth] one more time?’ And they were like, ‘We won’t even put an embryo in you, that would be malpractice.’ And so I opted to have two different surrogates to use the last two embryos we had.”
The proud mother is so matter-of-fact in detailing everything she went through to give birth — it’s quite literally life or death here. Seriously, so much respect for Kim and every other mom who deals with complications like this. We can’t even imagine!
You can watch her recall her difficult births, and talk more about family life, in the full video (below):
Ultimately, it’s amazing to hear how resilient the aspiring lawyer has been through all this — and how she’s completely lacking in regret over any of it, as she says near the end of the clip:
“I would have gone through the same pain and back for the result of having my babies — it was all worth it.”
What do U think about all this, Perezcious readers? As we said, we were very well aware of how the star struggled through pregnancy with several medical conditions, but to learn more detail about some of the specific things she endured… so scary! No wonder she’s so thankful for her family, ya know?!
P.S. if you want to learn more about or help support The Bail Project, which Kim mentions at the end of the video as her charity of choice this holiday season, please click HERE.
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