More sex and less stress = pregnant Kim!
But getting pregnant after 30 is tricky and ain't easy!
Last night, fans of the KimYe clan got the ultimate treat when Kim confirmed that yes- the Wests are expanding! Following the season finale of 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians,' a teaser for the upcoming season showed a happy Kim announcing to her family that after a year of failed fertility treatments and having sex "500 times a day with Kanye," she is finally pregnant again!
I just got the blood test and I am pregnant!
It's also been reported that she is expecting a boy this time around but of course, that means she'd have to at least be at the top of her second trimester to know that, which is very possible since the episodes are shot months in advance. However, we're writing the gender off as part of mere hearsay until we get the deets and receipts.
Either way- message to North: Make room for baby 'South West.' (kidding, kidding)
The 34-year-old Reality-TV vixen has expressed wanting a second child for some time now, but admitted that she'd been on the struggle tip with conception following the birth of daughter Nori back in 2013, whom she admits was a miracle in her self. Back in December, the mom and wife opened up to Elle UK about being her difficulties conceiving a now 23-month old Nori, and how she even considered freezing her eggs at one point:
In the newest issue of Glamour, she revealed:
I didn’t know that I was going to be so open with [my fertility challenges]. But meeting people at my fertility doctor’s office who are going through the same things I’m going through, I thought, Why not share my story? It’s been really emotional. One doctor told me I would need my uterus removed after I had another baby—I could only have one more. One was like, “You should get a surrogate.” The other one was like, “Oh, no, you’ll be fine.” Then I called my doctor, and he’s like, “You know what? I believe—we’ll get through it.”There are definitely times when I walked out [of the doctor’s office] hysterically crying,and other times when I was like, “OK, everything’s looking good—it’s going to be this month!” The waiting and waiting has been a roller coaster.
She also dished to Elle earlier this year:
"A few years ago I was told I could never get pregnant. Three different doctors told me the same thing, which is why I wanted to have my eggs frozen. I was just about to do that when I found out I was pregnant with North."
"I want a boy and another girl; I want it to start happening straight away. I loved being part of a huge family, and I want that for North. We'd do IVF (Invitro Fertilization) if nothing happens, but we both want to keep trying naturally."
Years later, a healthy Nori will be celebrating her second birthday- and will soon be promoted to big sister. Woo-hoo!
And it appears that the less-is-more method works for Kim. Similar to finding out she was pregnant with North moments before having to put away her eggs for later use, earlier this year the mom of one appeared frustrated on an episode of KUWTK, when she admitted to her OB/GYN that she was "over and done with" the idea of having another baby after he pointed out a 'black hole" in her left ovary.
Luckily, the moment the mom stopped stressing was the same time she'd scored herself another mini-Ye. Congrats!!
However, pregnancy in your 30's can be tricky for any woman, and unlike Kim, although it helps- increasing your slim chances of getting knocked up by knocking more boots isn't always the formula for every female.
According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, here are some of the factors that play a role in pregnancy after 30:
- 1) Fertility gradually declines in the 30s, particularly after age 35. A woman's best pregnancy years are in her 20's.
- 2) Each month, a healthy, fertile 30-year-old woman has a 20% chance of getting pregnant. That means that for every 100 fertile 30-year-old women trying to get pregnant in 1 cycle, 20 will be successful and the other 80 will have to try again.
- 3) By age 40, a woman’s chance is less than 5% per cycle, so fewer than 5 out of every 100 women are expected to be successful each month.
- 4) Egg Quality: In her mid-to-late 30's, women become less likely to become pregnant and more likely to have miscarriages because egg quality decreases as the number of remaining eggs dwindle in number. A woman’s age is the most accurate test of egg quality. An important change in egg quality is the frequency of genetic abnormalities.
- 5) Egg Quantity: The decreasing quantity of egg-containing follicles in the ovaries is called “loss of ovarian reserve.” Women begin to lose ovarian reserve before they become infertile and before they stop having regular periods... however, younger women can experience this if they smoke or for any other unknown medical reasons. So this varies by woman.
- 6) C-Sections: Cesarean rates are also higher for women older than 35. Studies show that mothers this age have about a 43 percent chance of a c-section delivery compared to a roughly 30 percent chance for mothers in their 20s. Experts say these increased cesarean rates are caused by pregnancy problems like fetal distress or prolonged second-stage labor, which are more common for older mothers.
However, before you start checking your watch and getting frustrated, ladies- understand that every woman is different, the perfect example being amongst Kim and and her sisters alone. When Khloe got married to hubby Lamar Odom back in 2009, pregnancy was a big 'No-no' for KoKo, who, at only 24 years old, encountered difficulties with conceiving a child, and suffered through many false alarms.
Meanwhile, at 36, oldest sister Kourtney is "Fertile-Myrtle" and has been popping out babies back to back since turning 31, and with Kourt's youngest being only 5 months young, she appears to show no signs of slowing down anytime soon!
Congrats again to the Wests!
For our ladies who have attempted to conceived in your 30s, what has your experience been so far?