In a recent blog post, Kim Kardashian has expressed her fear surrounding her upcoming "high risk" pregnancy, which could lead to her requiring a hysterectomy following birth.
Although the actual process of giving birth to her first child, North, was a relatively painless experience, she suffered from two separate conditions both during and after pregnancy.
While she was pregnant, she suffered from from preeclampsia – a condition that occurs in around 5% of pregnancies. As a result, Kim delivered her daughter six weeks early.
After birth, she suffered with placenta accreta. This is where the placenta does not detach from the uterus, which can require surgery to fix and is deemed high-risk as the separation process could lead to life threatening bleeding in the mother.
"The most painful experience of my life!"
She wrote about the complications she also had following the birth. Those of a squeamish disposition, look away now:
"My doctor had to stick his entire arm in me and detach the placenta with his hand, scraping it away from my uterus with his fingernails. How disgusting and painful!!!
My mom was crying; she had never seen anything like this before. My delivery was fairly easy, but then going through that—it was the most painful experience of my life!"
Due to a combination of both conditions, there is a chance she may require a hysterectomy following the birth of her second child with rapper Kanye West. However, her doctor thinks this is unlikely, and as a result she is "stressing out less and trying to go with the flow."
Understandably, so many complications have caused Kim anxiety about giving birth, although she has been reassured by her doctor. She wrote:
"I have some days I get SO scared but then I speak to my doctor, Dr. Paul Crane, and he always calms me down. He has been my doctor forever—he was my mom's doctor who delivered me!"
"You're such a good daddy"
Kim had announced the news of the birth of her son on Instagram, along with a picture of husband Kanye and their daughter, North West.
Whatever your thoughts on the fame-fest surrounding the wife of Kanye West, it is admirable that she is being so open about her pregnancy. Surely such openness can only help other mothers in similar positions, and also helps to raise awareness of the conditions she's suffered from.
Their son is due in December 2015.
What should Kim and Kanye call their next child?