When news broke this week that Khloé Kardashian is reportedly pregnant, it seemed a bit too serendipitous to be believable. After all, fans had found out just days before that Kardashian's younger half-sister, Kylie Jenner, is also reportedly pregnant, and that came on top of reports that her older sister Kim Kardashian is expecting via surrogate. What's more, all of these Kardashian pregnancies are testing the barometer on the already off-the-charts public interest in the family as the family revs up with premiere Season 14 of Keeping Up with the Kardashians on Sunday. But there's another reason that the youngest Kardashian's pregnancy news arrived when no one was quite expecting it: her well-documented fertility issues. In fact, Khloe Kardashian's quotes about her fertility struggles show that this is actually a pretty huge deal.
Although Kardashian and her boyfriend of about a year, Cleveland Cavaliers star Tristan Thompson, have yet to confirm the news, reports indicate that she may be due as soon as April. Romper has reached out to both of their representatives for comment, but has not heard back at this time.
Fans of the 33-year-old already know that she loves kids: As the fun "Aunt KoKo," Kardashian is all all about having a blast with her nieces and nephews, whether that means playing dress-up, buying them toys, or taking them bowling, according to an interview with Parents magazine.
And just like many women who love other people's kids, Kardashian has long wanted some of her own. And, now, it appears that she'll have the chance — a happy development that make some of her past fears about her own fertility all the more poignant. Here's what she's had to say about her struggles before the exciting news broke:
On Worrying That Having A Baby Of Her Own Wouldn't Be Possible
During the Season 13 finale of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which aired in June, Kardashian had a pretty intense fertility scare. What started out as a simple trip to the doc to get some information about whether she could potentially act as a surrogate for her sister Kim, Kardashian learned that her ovaries seemed older than she was, according to Refinery29. And in her confessional interview, she asks a question, as Refinery29 recapped, that clearly terrifies her: "What if I can’t get pregnant?"
By the end of the episode, though, things take a turn for the better. Kardashian learns that she has more follicles than she had at her initial visit three months prior, meaning that getting pregnant is not at all out of the question for her.
On The Relief & Looking Ahead
Undoubtedly, learning that she wasn't infertile ended up being a huge weight off Kardashian's shoulders. The good news also presented another litany of decisions for her, as she said in a sit-down confessional on the reality show, People magazine reported :
I am so relieved to know that I am able to get pregnant. Now I have so many other things to think about. Do I wanna have my own baby now? I don't know. I'm at a crossroads.
On Taking The Leap
At another point in the Season 13 finale, Kardashian shared that Thompson, 26 — who's already the father of Prince Oliver, who was born in December — "wants to have like five or six kids with me," Us Weekly reported. And she also indicated, according to the magazine, that the couple was ready to get the ball rolling:
Knowing I'm not on birth control, it’s scary. It's like a really big step. I am really excited about my future. Me and Tristan, we're doing so well.
On Taking Her Time
Kardashian knows she wants to be a mom, but she wasn't exactly in a rush, she told ES Magazine in April. At the time, she felt as though time was on her side:
I definitely want to be a mom. But I don't put the pressure on it. It’s not like, "the clock is ticking." I feel in my soul it will happen.
And it turned out that time was on her side, or at least that's what the world has been led to believe. And, if these rumors turn out to be true, then she will soon have the baby she has long dreamed of.
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