Khloe Kardashian has never kept her struggle with infertility under wraps. The youngest Kardashian sister was always vocal about her desire to have a baby with ex-husband Lamar Odom, and didn’t shy away from letting Keeping Up With The Kardashian’s viewers into her fertility battle. That’s why it came as a shock to many when news of her rumored pregnancy broke earlier this week.
On Tuesday, TMZ, the same site that leaked Kylie Jenner’s rumored pregnancy last Friday, reported that Khloe is pregnant by boyfriend Tristan Thompson. Their sources say she’s three months along, and that she and Tristan conceived naturally. While the internet seems to be happy for Khloe (who still hasn’t confirmed her pregnancy), it’s easy to wonder what changed between then and now. Was Lamar to blame for him and Khloe’s inability to conceive? Or does her pregnancy have less to do with Lamar and more to do with her current state of health, both physical and mental?
Many things can affect a woman’s ability to get pregnant. Age and habits like drinking and smoking are obvious factors, but so is weight and mental health. Women who are overweight can have irregular periods and skip ovulation, just like women who are underweight can skip their periods all together and see a shutdown of their reproductive systems. Depression and stress can also take a toll on the hormones that regulate the reproductive cycle, and women who suffer from either might not ovulate normally.
As of January 2016, Khloe had dropped at least 40 lbs and documented her progress in her book, Strong Looks Better Naked. She credits her intense workouts for also helping to “keep her sane,” telling People magazine, “I definitely think the physical and the mental go hand in hand. I feel so good in the gym that it [affects] the rest of my day. It’s a healthy addiction It’s like buying your sanity.”
She also told People that her split from Lamar took a huge toll on her mentally, especially during his hospitalization. She and Tristan were first spotted together in September 2016, just three months before her divorce was made final in December 2016. Her marital struggles and her subsequent divorce may have easily put a stressor on her mental health, which may have affected her fertility. But that wasn't the only thing that may have held her back from getting pregnant.
In 2013, Khloe graced the cover of Redbook magazine and confessed that the commitment of hormone shots to up her chances of getting pregnant was too much for her busy lifestyle at the time.
“People assume I’m desperate for a baby,” she says. “And yes, I would love to have a baby. But I’m 28, and I’ve been married three and a half years. I love my life, but it doesn’t feel incomplete right now.”
She also expressed that her infertility was was caused by her hormones being “off.”
“I was taking hormone shots to stabilize them, and you have to take those shots consistently and they have to be done by a doctor. You can do them yourself, but I couldn’t. And then after your cycle, you have to go to the doctor for ultrasounds and more testing. And if I’m in Miami and miss a treatment, I have to start all over again. It’s a commitment, and I don’t mind doing it, but the timing was just off.”
In a 2013 episode of Kourtney And Kim Take Miami, Khloe is seen having a conversation with her former step-brother Brandon Jenner and his wife Leah Felder, where she says that she had been off birth control since she married Odom in 2009. A doctor’s visit revealed that her struggles with infertility stemmed from a lack of thickness in her uterine lining.
“About a year ago, we were like ‘Let’s just see what happens.’” she says. “And then when it didn’t happen, Kim was like, ‘Let’s go to the doctor.’ I found out I don’t ovulate, and now my uterus lining isn’t thick enough and I have to take pills to make my uterus lining thicker. If that doesn’t get thicker than I cannot carry a baby.”
On the season finale of KUWTK in June 2017, Khloe and Kim go visit fertility specialist Dr. Andy Huang to talk about getting a surrogate for Kim. While there, Khloe gets an ultrasound that reveals that she has less follicles that hold eggs than that of a normal woman her age.
“There are fewer follicles than I anticipate for a normal 32-year-old,” says Huang.
Khloe also revealed that while she did undergo fertility treatments during her marriage to Odom, she stopped without him knowing because she “knew that it wasn’t the right situation to bring a child into.”
“I fake tried,” she said. “I was married, but I knew the circumstances weren’t the healthiest. So I just kept pretending I was doing it.” Later, she told the camera, “I had to stop because there was much deeper stuff that was happening in our marriage.”
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No one knows the entire truth except for Khloe herself. Fertility is a deeply personal issue that many women struggle with, and if the rumors of Khloe’s pregnancy are true, she should be getting nothing but love and good wishes for the journey ahead. Everyone knows how much she expressed her desire for a baby, and if her parenting is anything like her as an aunt to all her sister’s kids, then her baby is one lucky little boy or girl.
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