Kim Kardashian is pregnant with her second child, and from her recent comments regarding her pregnancy, she is definitely not feeling particularly glow-y in her current condition.
“I’m gonna keep it real: For me, pregnancy is the worst experience of my life! LOL!” The reality star wrote on October 5th. “I don’t enjoy one moment of it and I don’t understand people who enjoy it.”
During her first pregnancy, Kim suffered from pregnancy induced hypertension and the beginning stages of liver failure, which prompted the diagnosis of preeclampsia, and possibly the beginning stages of HELLP Syndrome (a more deadly variant of the disease). This is why she was induced and baby North was delivered five weeks before her due date.
Birth for someone with complications like this can be traumatic, and as someone who personally survived preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome, I can tell you that the calm before the storm is anything but this. Most of the time you will be symptomatic weeks before delivery. For instance, I had pitting edema (excessive water retention), ringing in my ears, dizzy spells, and seeing stars, and headaches the month before I had diagnostic HELLP. Add this to the other benign, but unpleasant, pregnancy induced conditions, and it can be a severely difficult several months.
I’m really happy that Kim has opened up the conversation about hating the gestation process. For many women, they are worried that people will confuse disliking pregnancy with those feelings towards their child, but of course, this couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Because the truth is that it is important to have an open dialogue so that women are able to discuss and process all of their experiences in pregnancy, positive and/or negative.
This does not affect your ability to be a great mother, this does not change your feelings towards your child… truly all it means is that your body responded in a way that was not easy on you, and that is valid conversation we should be having.
After all, evolution doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be good enough…and pregnancy is a perfect example of something that has evolved to be just that.