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Thursday, September 28, 2017

The truth behind Khloé Kardashian's difficult journey to motherhood

Hot on the heels of the news of little sister Kylie Jenner's rumored pregnancy by beau Travis Scott, sources confirmed to People that Khloé Kardashian and boyfriend Tristan Thompson, to whom she's been linked for about a year, are expecting their first child together.

"Yes, Khloé and Tristan are expecting and they are absolutely thrilled," a source said.

A baby has been a long (and tough) time coming for Khloé.

She kept the news quiet for as long as she could 

Khloé and Thompson would have announced her pregnancy sooner, but Jenner's baby news got in the way.

"This isn't something they were in a rush to announce to the whole world, and it's only been in just the past week or so that they've felt comfortable telling most of their inner circle," a source told People. "Things were complicated a bit by Kylie's announcement as they don't want to be seen as intruding on that moment for her, but it is now reaching a point where Khloé doesn't want to be openly lying to people, and just staying quiet isn't going to work anymore." The source added, "They are looking at it like a unifying experience for them as sisters. Getting pregnant at the same time was totally unplanned but they are really happy about it."

She underwent fertility treatments in her first marriage

Khloé was eager to become a mom during her marriage to Lamar Odom, and admitted that she'd been using fertility treatments in an effort to conceive with the troubled NBA star since they first tied the knot in 2009.

She revealed in a February 2013 episode of Kourtney And Kim Take Miami (via E! News), "About a year ago, we were like, 'Let's just see what happens.' And then when it didn't happen, Kim was like, 'Let's go to the doctor,'" Khloé recalled. "I found out I don't ovulate," she said. "

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, then I cannot carry a baby."
and IVF treatments

In a March episode of Kocktails With Khloé, the reality starlet revealed she'd undergone in-vitro fertilization treatments in efforts to conceive a baby with Odom to try salvaging their struggling marriage. "At the time, I was like, 'Oh, I have to have a baby!'" she recalled (via Entertainment Tonight). "That's all I wanted at the time, and I thought it would maybe fix the situation [with Odom], so I'm also happy it didn't happen because I was young. I was 27, and I thought, 'A baby will fix this,' and it's not going to fix that."
Kourtney offered to be a surrogate for her

In a March 2013 episode of Kourtney And Kim Take Miami, Scott Disick was sympathetic to Khloé's plight and spoke to Kourtney about potentially being a surrogate for Khloé and Odom if they wanted.

"I was just hanging with Khloé and you know, I want her to be a happy, and I feel like she wants a kid so bad," Disick said, adding that he regretted telling Kourtney she was "crazy" for offering surrogacy. "I still think it's a huge decision, but I understand how you'd want to do that for your family. I think you should go talk to her," he said. "It's a conversation to have."

Kourtney noted in a confessional, "Now that I know I'm a good candidate, and that Scott is supportive, I will be the oven for her bun if she shall need it."

Kourtney then spoke to Khloé, telling her that she overheard Khloé speaking to friends about her fertility struggles, closing with, "I just wanted to say that if you did need someone to carry your child that I would volunteer my services. I would do that for you … I'm being serious. I would. I called the doctor, I got all the info … I don't even know how Lamar would feel about it. I don't think it's the number one option, but if it gets to be the only option [I'll do it]."

Khloé wasn't sure how to take it at first, calling the conversation "awkward" and getting a bit graphic in her description of Kourtney's potential childbirth. They ultimately never went through with the plan.


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