Kim Kardashian, 37, has now divulged all in the April issue of ELLE about the process of welcoming her third child via gestational carrier on January 15, as well as her future plans for expanding her family.
She also confessed that she and husband Kanye West, selected the sex of their third child, the reality star expressed that adding a fourth to their brood would prove tricky as she also needed to give her other half a healthy amount of attention.
“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.”
The next step was to select an embryo.
“It’s a really tricky thing,” she says. “What sex do you put in? I just said, ‘Which one is the healthiest? Pick the healthiest one,’ and that was a girl.” Once the process was underway, she only had a few requests: that the baby be born in L.A., “where all my babies were delivered, and for her to use my doctor. She was totally comfortable with that.”
“I straight-up told her, ‘Look, I ate doughnuts every single day. If you want doughnuts and ice cream, go for it. Do whatever you feel. I’m not going to be picky like that. That’s just ridiculous.’”
“I hated being pregnant,” Kim says. “But as much as I hated it, I still wished I could have done it on my own. The control is hard at the beginning. Once you let that go, it’s the best experience. I would recommend surrogacy for anybody.”
So will she do it all over again? “I dunno,” she sighs.
“My home and my heart feel really full right now, in the best way.” Four children would be her max. “I don’t think I could handle more than that. My time is spread really thin. And I think it’s important that in all couples, the mom gives the husband as much attention as the kids.”
On the marriage front, she says all is well. As the Kardashian West family grows, so too does her relationship with Kanye.
“He’s taught me to have more of an opinion,” she says. “I’ve taught him to be a bit more calm or cautious. We’re a good balance.”