Kim Kardashian was told she had suffered miscarriage while pregnant with her eldest daughter North

Reality star says she was 'so scared' during her first pregnancy

Sarah Young
Wednesday 12 February 2020 16:51
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Kim Kardashian West has revealed she was told she had suffered a miscarriage during her first pregnancy.

On Tuesday, the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star appeared on the podcast All’s Fair with family attorney Laura Wasser.

During the podcast, the 39-year-old opened up about the major health complications she experienced during her pregnancies and her decision to have youngest children Chicago and Psalm through surrogacy.

Speaking about her first pregnancy, Kardashian West recalled suffering from severe pain and heavy bleeding, which lead her to believe she had miscarried.

“I thought I had a miscarriage, because I was really heavily bleeding and in so much pain,” Kardashian West explained.

“Went in, because you have to go and do a D&C [dilation and curettage] to clean out your miscarriage.”

The mother-of-four went on to say that her doctor was unable to find a heartbeat, and told her: “Oh, you had a miscarriage.”

However, when she returned to the doctor the next day on Thanksgiving, the baby’s heartbeat was detected.

“I was like, ‘Oh, my God. This is a sign, it’s Thanksgiving morning’," Kardashian West said.

The reality star’s pregnancy difficulties were far from over, however as she revealed she went on to suffer from pre-eclampsia and placenta accrete.

The NHS states that pre-eclampsia is a condition that disrupts the blood supply between mother and baby via the placenta, while placenta accrete is categorised as a condition in pregnancy where the placenta is attached and embedded too deeply into the wall of the uterus.

”We ended up obviously having North, and I had a really bad pregnancy: I had pre-eclampsia, I delivered six weeks early, she was four pounds and I had something called placenta accreta, where the placenta grows inside your uterus,“ Kardashian West said.

”It's honestly what people die from in childbirth, so you have to get the placenta out within a certain amount of time."

Kardashian West added that conceiving her next child, Saint, was no easier, revealing she had tried to get pregnant for more than a year before resorting to using an embryo she had previously stored.

After she finally became pregnant, Kardashian West went on to suffer from pre-eclampsia and placenta accreta again, describing with both conditions as ”a little worse” the second time.

The star also opened up about using a surrogate to have her two youngest children and revealed the reason she used two different women was because the first fell pregnant with her own child.

“She was so happy but so nervous to tell me because we had planned on doing it again,” she said.

“I still stay in communication with both of my surrogates, maybe not on a daily basis, but you kind of plan that out ahead of time.”

Later on in the podcast, Kardashian West said that while she liked the idea of a bigger family she was not sure she had the time or energy for another child.

“I just can't do more because I really want to go to school and I really want to do all of this stuff,” she said.

“I'm going to turn 40. I don't want to be an old mom. I think four is good and I want to pay attention. I think everyone needs attention.”

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, you can contact stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands on 0808 164 3332 or email The helpline is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and until 9.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

You can also find bereavement support at The Lullaby Trust by calling 0808 802 6868 or emailing

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