It can be easy to brush off the troubles of the rich and famous. After all, they are rich and famous, and it can seem as though their struggles aren't as serious as the rest of the world's — especially considering the many, many natural disasters plaguing the world right now. But truly, celebrities are still humans and they suffer just like the rest of us. And when they go through major health hurdles, they deserve just as much compassion as anyone else. A recent example of this happened after Kim Kardashian revealed she had a miscarriage scare she was pregnant with her daughter, North West. And while her story is heartbreaking, it's an important one to hear.
As pretty much everyone who has ever been online knows, Kardashian and her family were launched into fame with their reality series, Keeping Up With The Kardashians. The show premiered in 2007, and as part of its 10th anniversary special, Kardashian herself opened up about a subject she hasn't really enjoyed discussing in the past: her pregnancy struggles.
Of course, Kardashian has been pretty candid about this topic, but her latest revelation is something that may help other mothers going through the same thing. Because while she might not be the most relatable person in terms of wealth and celebrity status, she's certainly proving to be quite the figure for women and mothers everywhere.
According to Glamour, Kardashian described "debilitating" pain during her first pregnancy, and explained how she decided to go to her doctor to get it checked out. That's when things got scary, as she explained in the clip:
I thought I had a miscarriage. I was pretty certain about it. I remember calling [Kanye], and he thought a family member of mine had died I was so hysterical. I thought my life was over, that I was pregnant and [it was going to be] so hard for me.
In fact, Kardashian's doctor practically confirmed it for her. He apparently told her, "there's no heartbeat — you had a miscarriage," according to Glamour. And as any mother can imagine, those are the last four words any pregnant woman wants to hear.
However, things quickly turned around for Kardashian, fortunately. The next day she went back in to the doctor and they found the heartbeat. And as scary as that must have been, it's also fairly common among pregnant women in their first 12 weeks, according to Livestrong. Many other women don't hear a steady, consistent heartbeat early on in their pregnancy. And considering Kardashian experienced her miscarriage scare around Thanksgiving of 2012, and North West was born in June of 2013, she was likely only two or so months along at the time.
So, while not hearing your baby's heartbeat can be shocking and terrifying, it might not be what you think it is. And luckily, Kardashian is the perfect example of things not always being what they appear.
In fact, according to Verywell.com, it's typical to not hear your baby's heartbeat until your ninth week of pregnancy, although it could take up until your twelfth week. So, if you've experienced the same horrifying moment Kardashian has, or if you do in the future, don't panic. There are a variety of factors that could affect hearing a baby's heartbeat, including the shape of the women's uterus.
However, after going through not one, but two, difficult pregnancies, Kardashian has revealed that she can't carry any more babies. "I can’t carry anymore kids…it’s the worst," she said on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, according to Glamour. And seriously, after going through a miscarriage scare, and suffering from both preeclampsia and placenta accreta, it's completely understandable that Kardashian would feel that way.
Kardashian and husband Kanye West are reportedly expecting their third child via surrogate, and she's already pregnant, according to Us Weekly. And while much of those details have been kept under wraps, Kardashian's dedication to her kids and her love of being a mom has always been clear — even if she's gone through a lot to get there.
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