People: Kim Kardashian went into labor 3 weeks early after preeclampsia concerns

Kim Kardashian took the cover of this week’s People Mag. I was actually half-expecting to see the first baby photos this quickly, which is why I kept refreshing the People main page. Alas, People Mag didn’t get exclusive photos, nor did they get an exclusive on the name. I’m really surprised we haven’t gotten a confirmation on the name by now, but it’s looking like Kaidence Donda West might be on-target. The Mirror reports that a nurse at Cedar-Sinai might have leaked the “Kaidence” name. But! People Mag did got some other interesting exclusives, like details about how Kim went into premature labor:

Leave it to a Kardashian girl to make a dramatic entrance! That’s exactly what happened when Kim Kardashian, 32, delivered a daughter roughly three weeks early.

With exclusive interviews with members of the couple’s innermost circle, this week’s PEOPLE cover story looks inside the emotional, harrowing night Kardashian and her boyfriend of 16 months, Kanye West, 36, spent at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles awaiting the birth of their firstborn.

Admitted June 14 due to complications, Kardashian – whom sources confirm was about 37 weeks pregnant – went into premature labor.

West, meanwhile, who’d returned from promoting his new album Yeezus in Europe just hours before, rushed to her side.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star was experiencing severe swelling, which can be a sign of the potentially dangerous condition called preeclampsia. Although it hasn’t been confirmed whether or not Kim was suffering from preeclampsia, which is pregnancy-induced high blood pressure, the condition can be potentially dangerous. Left untreated, preeclampsia can lead to a stroke. The only cure for the dangerous condition is to deliver the baby early.

By the next day, Kardashian had given birth to a girl, “the prettiest, tiniest thing with a full head of straight, dark hair, a cute little nose and Kim’s lips,” says one of several close friends who visited her over the weekend. “She’s already smiling!”
Though she’s been spending time in an incubator to regulate her body temperature, a standard course of treatment for premature babies, Baby K – whose parents have nearly decided on a name – is “doing very well,” says a hospital source.

Although the pregnancy complications would have been emotionally taxing on anyone, those closest to her reveal how well Kim handled the high stress.

“I don’t think she was scared. She was just ready,” one of Kim’s friends told People magazine.

“This was a lot to go through,” pal Robin Antin said. “I’m sure she was exhausted, but she handled it like a pro.”

As for West and Kardashian, who’d been dogged by rumors about their relationship in the months leading up to the birth, the new parents are over the moon.

[From People & Hollywood Life]

Many of you thought she might have preeclampsia too, especially with the way she was swelling up in the last month of her pregnancy. While I’m curious about the birth details and whether or not her labor was induced, it’s her business and she doesn’t have to share it if she doesn’t want to. All I ask is that she not flat-out lie about it (which she’s been known to do about personal issues). And the whole “now she’s saying she was three weeks early” sounds a lot more realistic than “she was five weeks early”. She was due in July, and I think the baby came early, but not THAT early.

Cover courtesy of People, additional photos by WENN.

 

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  1. Naye in VA says:

    They baby is term at 37 weeks. If she had preeclampsia the DR would have induced labor as soon as possibl, to mitigate the risk of Kim having seizures. If the induction goes well, then all is fine, it’s just like a normal childbirth.

    • LadyMTL says:

      Yeah, I’m very doubtful that she actually had been DIAGNOSED with pre-eclampsia because that’s a serious medical issue and she would have been induced.

      I’m thinking she just went into labour a bit early and that’s it. The rest of it is just specualation…at the end of the day, if everyone is healthy who cares about the circumstances?

      • Naye in VA says:

        In my situation, I went to every drs appointment and did tall the tests for preeclampsia. I was on my way to work one morning and the DR told me to come in. Two hours later I was induced, six hours after that I had a baby. I can happen just like that. I wouldn’t give her too much flack over it.

    • Justin says:

      pfft called it.. sympathy card about her complications..

    • Risa says:

      As someone who had preexclampsia in a past pregnancy, no, they do not always induce immediately.

      • BreeinSEA says:

        Risa I was going to say the same. I had it with my second baby and he came on his due datr naturally and at 10.5lbs!!!

      • L.S. says:

        Right. And, I mentioned preclampsia before because of just how bloated she looked.

      • H26 says:

        Agree, I had Preeclampsia with both pregnancies.

        With my first, I had the bloating and high blood pressure and had to stop working at 32 weeks and be on partial bed rest ( I could do one trip out a day and get up to the bathroom and shower.)

        With my second, I got PIH at 30 weeks, had to stop working and at 33 weeks protein showed up in my urine. I was immediately put on hospitalized bedrest, given steroids to mature the baby’s lungs and they decided to induce me at 35 weeks because the baby was not growing. Turned out I had one of the worst looking placenta’s the doc had ever seen, only 1/3 of it was still functioning.

        They want to give the baby the most time in the womb as possible but the mother will not get better until the baby is out.

        BTW even though she was tiny,(4lbs,6oz) she’s not any more and is completely healthy now at 4 :)

      • April says:

        In my case, I was diagnosed at 24 weeks, but went to “term” at 37 weeks.. and had my son, who weighed nearly 9lbs. I parked myself on my lazyboy recliner, and tried to remain as immobile as possible for the final weeks. My knuckles ached for a whole year afterwards, my hands had gotten so swollen. (Sorry for the overflow of info.. it’s not often I’m talking to so many others who know how it was!)

    • hannah says:

      Not really , it’s a bit of a gamble. My sister had preeclampsia and she managed to keep him inside for 3 more weeks – he was only 5 weeks early instead of 8

    • Enui says:

      I had preeclampsia with my first child. It isn’t so much a “induce at first sign” rather than a wait and see approach (at least in my case) to see how I was doing and to allow my son to continue to develop as much as possible.

      He showed up 2 weeks early, and I had a vaginal birth, with a mandatory epidural. I was going to have one anyway, but it was necessary because my blood pressure was so high.

      I gained 30 (not a typo, thirty) pounds in less than 10 days and was on bed rest the last week of my pregnancy. I wear a size seven shoe, and couldn’t find any shoe to go over my feet they were so swollen. The last pair that I bought were a size 11, just so they could fit over my foot… not attractive at all!

      As much as I dislike what I know of Kim K, I wouldn’t wish this on anyone. Guess the good news for her is that all the water weight from the preeclampsia will drop off like a stone.

      edit: preeclampsia can come on at pretty much any time. A coworker had it, and had no choice but to deliver at around 29 weeks. She and baby are fine, but even with bedrest, she was in mortal danger. I was lucky that I didn’t develop it until late in my last trimester.

      • LAK says:

        Genuine question, Did you go on to have more babies? Did you develop preeclampsia every time? to be clear, is it a condition that will always arise per subsequent pregnancy once it manifests?

      • tabasco says:

        oh my god, that sounds awful. i mean, i imagine it’s uncomfortable as hell, painful even, plus stressful as you’d be worrying all the time. does your usual non-pregnant blood pressure have any relation to your odds of getting preeclampsia? i have kind of corpsey (low) blood pressure – - i mean, no plans to get preggo any time soon, but just wondering?

      • Enui says:

        @LAK, I have one more child, and yes I was scared to even think of another pregnancy. I did some research (it’s been 11 years, so I’m sure there is better info now, but this is what was out there at the time).

        Preeclampsia may have a genetic component. My mother had it, and I am her only. She was extremely sick post-partum from it as well, so she and my dad never had any more. I didn’t have it with my daughter, thankfully.

        My research at the time I decided to have another child showed that if you were having a child with the same father, and if it was within a certain number of years (I think maybe 10?) seems to lower the chance. This link from Mayo might help: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/preeclampsia/DS00583/DSECTION=risk-factors

        Oh, and something I didn’t think of until I read the link posted above– I have a different autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s) than listed, but it was dx after my kids were born. So, if any autoimmune diseases run in your family, it might be a good idea to discuss with your OB.

      • Enui says:

        @tabasco,
        I honestly don’t know. My BP was always normal prior to pregnancy.

        There is a commenter farther down thread who does volunteer work on the subject. My understanding is we still really don’t know what causes it. Women generally don’t die from it in this country anymore, if they’re getting regular prenatal care, but if it occurs early on, or is severe, the baby may not survive having to be induced early. Not the case for Kim K, she was term or near term depending on who you talk to. For the poor woman diagnosed at 22 weeks… the outcome for her child could be vastly different if bedrest and medication doesn’t help.

    • A says:

      Yeah. 37 weeks isn’t considered premature really. The baby is full term at 37 weeks and could come any time without any problems so to speak.

    • Trashaddict says:

      Not only term, but a lot of 36 weekers don’t need an incubator. Could be the hospital just being super cautious about a cele-baby. Should we start a pool on whether she breast feeds or not???

  2. sassy says:

    The baby has Kim’s lips? So they gave the baby lip injections already?!

  3. Nessa says:

    I could not care less about this famewhore or her baby, but I have a question… Is that her real hair or a weave? If that is her real hair, it is amazing shiny and beautiful. That’s really all I got….

  4. Lia says:

    In sorry but if she did have preeclampsia I think even less of her because of how she was behaving the last few weeks of her pregnancy. If her main concern was the baby why was she not resting?! Instead she is all over the place.

    • Naye in VA says:

      My DR didn’t diagnose my preeclampsia until my 38th week (after weeks of testing). The day I found out is the day I had the baby. In the interim I worked on my feet at Wal-Mart every day. My feet were ridiculously swollen, I had to put my shoes on the second I got out of bed before they got to big.

    • SW says:

      You can’t cause preeclampsia. It just happens. If she went into labor, that’s likely not her fault either.

      • Meg says:

        No you can’t cause it and ppl find out for sure at different times. but the symptoms can appear early and if you know it’s a possible precautions should be taken. Her swelling for weeks was an indicator and if her doctor didn’t make her aware of the possibility I wouldn’t go back to them

    • the original bellaluna says:

      With my youngest, I was fine until I went into labor (3-and-a-half weeks early). After laboring at home (with bleeding) for over 30 hours, I went to the hospital.

      My BP was SO HIGH they did an emergency C-section (I wanted to deliver naturally, but they were afraid I’d “stroke out”) and I had to stay hospitalized for a week while they tried to get my BP under control.

      The pediatrician told me that what he thought happened was a kind of “reversal” of sorts with the umbilical cord (some of the baby’s cells found their way into my body; I said “Baby’s MINE” and he said “Baby’s also part him [hubs] and when the body detects a ‘foreign’ thing, it tries to expel it” – apparently he and his colleagues were studying the “phenomena” – and that’s what triggered my alarming spike in BP and my swelling. (I also had a uterine abruption, which accounted for the bleeding.)

      Little boy was fine, and weighed in at 8lbs, 9 oz. Mama has had to take BP meds since his birth.

      • Naye in VA says:

        Im so sorry that you are still on BP meds. That sucks when some people can’t ever seem to get off of them.
        Is your youngest your second child? It’s something about the two different types of blood that the body doesnt catch the first pregnancy, but is prepared for the second time around, and attacks. I think its RH something, but your baby has either yours or the daddys.

      • EllieK says:

        I’m a preeclampsia mama too. I was fine until 39 weeks when my BP began creeping up. When my OB found protein in my urine, I was induced. My BP began spiking during labor and I developed a fever, so had an emergency C-section. After my baby was born, my preeclampsia worsened — my BP was extremely high and I had headaches with vision changes. I was placed on a magnesium drip and hospitalized for over a week. Four months later, I’m still on antihypertensives! Thankfully, baby is fine — she was nearly 9lbs at birth. :)

        Preeclampsia can go from mild to severe in a matter of hours…and can occur in the postpartum state. Its effects can last from weeks to months…never knew this until it happened to me.

      • Idreaminprincess says:

        OMG, you and I need to meet and hug. I was at home and I felt like someone hit me in the back of the head with a baseball bat. I turned to my husband and said something is very wrong. You know it’s a real emergency when people are running around you like crazy. My BP was 230/140. And even after delivery, it kept spiking for roughly six weeks. I ended up in the ICU and continue to take two different blood pressure medications until this day. I never had hypertension, not even during my pregnancy. It just hit like a train.

      • amr says:

        That phenomenon is microchimerism. The majority of women who have had children actually have microchimerism cells of their child. The cells just travel through the placenta.

      • SW says:

        Preeclampsia is scary, I’ve never had it with my 3 kids but have had many momma clients who have had to deal with it :( my grams says one of her sisters died in childbirth from it (woulda been like 50 years so) sad and scary.

    • IWantToLiveInNew York says:

      Last few weeks try the whole damm pregnancy. I get you can’t cause stuff but she wasn’t helping herself. In KIUWTK it showed her being stressed and in pain cause of her “divorce”. If she was stressed out and in that much pain at the start why the hell was she traveling around so much. She was in a unique position of not having to work a normal job and really take it easy.

      Also as that show goes on I can’t wait to see if it changes from ‘my divorce” to “where’s Kayne” (kind of like where’s Waldo) is stressing me out!

      • JenD says:

        Did you notice in that episode, the dr never said it was stress – it was an infection causing her pain. Only KK and family said it was the stress of the divorce.

      • LAK says:

        JenD – i remember the tabloid headlines when she was rushed to the hospital due to this. The official K KLan line was that she was stressed and ill from the divorce. Kris H put out a rebuttal that basically cried BS.

        I wonder whether people who watched this episode, who follow her, will remember and see what a liar they are, not to mention the deliberate attempt to smear Kris H.

        IWantToLiveInNew York – Do you think they have the balls to put out a ‘where’s Kanye?’ storyline? I think they will pretend he is busy, working hard, probably have on-air phonecalls to emphasise the romamce despite the fact he was avoiding them.

        This entire pregnancy has tickled my funny bone, especially with all the BS that has gone with it. I may have to tune into actual episodes instead of glancing at the headlines on the DM tickertape.

      • IWantToLiveInNew York says:

        Yeh the doctor said that but none of them listened. It was all my divorce, stress and I need to relax. Blah blah.

      • swack says:

        I thought I had read somewhere that the “miscarriage scare” was simply an ovarian cyst that had ruptured. Also, with preeclampsia there are warning signs – swelling, higher blood pressure, etc. I was due mid-Sept and in June my blood pressure started to go up. I was told that I had to rest as much as possible and keep my feet up to keep the swelling down. I was lucky as I was able to do so as I was a teacher and had the summer months off. I also was going to the Dr. every week to keep check of the blood pressure. While Kim may have had preeclampsia and did not cause it, she was not helping her swelling and blood pressure by constantly being on the go. She had the means to stay at home and maybe go out occasionally. I feel for those who don’t have that option.

    • Marigold says:

      Preeclampsia is usually diagnosed in one of two ways-urine test and/or a blood test. As an example, you might go to an appointment, have a high blood pressure reading and then give a urine sample. That might immediately test positive for protein on a dipstick. After that, they might take blood and further test that AND have you take a giant jug home to provide 24 hours of urine to be tested. So, basically, it could all happen in one day and often does. Prior to that, you might be clueless. Granted, if you are diagnosed, you might be given bp meds to control it and should practice caution (for instance, no flying, watching your diet and stress) but realistically, she may have been clueless, as are many women.

      • Nicolette says:

        A friend had this happen last July. She was diagnosed with preeclampsia, and had emergency surgery to deliver twins two moths premature. Very scary stuff, but they are all doing great. The little cuties turn one next month and are as healthy and beautiful as can be ;)

    • trudibell says:

      Pregnancy isn’t a crippling condition, if anything staying active would help someone prevent pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes.

  5. Zigggy says:

    37 weeks isn’t premature. Convenient that she had the baby right as Kanye’s album dropped.

    • SW says:

      37 weeks IS premature. American society seems to forget that. Sometimes a baby has to be born early, sometimes there’s no stopping an early delivery, but 37 weeks is not full term.

      • Isa says:

        It really depends on the baby. Some are fine at 35 weeks and go home the next day. Others, like my son, are “full term” but needed that extra week or two and spend time in the NICU.

      • V says:

        Sw- in american society 37 weeks is considered full term. If healthy it’s assumed the lungs will be developed enough to breath on its own and should weigh around 6 pounds

      • SW says:

        No, 37 weeks is considered term. Not full term. There is a difference in that, and as another poster had mentioned its a guess and some babies have Heath issues due to their early arrival. 37 weeks is NOT full term, and any GOOD medical doctor would agree.

      • Rachael says:

        No it is considered “full term” (googled it) but some babies still need more time than others which is why some come out smaller or larger depending on how fast they develop

      • Bodhi says:

        Exactly. It makes me cringe when I see friends posting about being induced at 36ish weeks for no reason other than being tired of being pregnant. Babies will come when they are ready. If everything is fine, let the baby chose its birthday!

      • SW says:

        If ya googled it, it MUsT be true! Lol. I guess all my education as a doula is all wrong. My bad. Next time i’ll just google it. *sacrasim* :)

      • AJ says:

        37 weeks IS full term. My first was born at 33 weeks and for my 2nd pregnancy I took shots until week 36, with the hopes I would carry to term…37 weeks. I had her exactly at 37 weeks. Full term. She spent no time in the NICU and came home with me.
        I do find it weird my 1st daughter, born 6.5 weeks early weighed the same as hers. 5 lbs.

      • AJ says:

        37 weeks IS full term. My first was born at 33 weeks and for my 2nd pregnancy I took shots until week 36, with the hopes I would carry to term…37 weeks. I had her exactly at 37 weeks. 7 lbs 2 oz. Full term. She spent no time in the NICU and came home with me.

      • AJ says:

        37 weeks IS full term. My first was 6.5 weeks early, so during my 2nd pregnancy I took progesterone shots until week 36 in hopes of getting me to term (37weeks). I had her at exactly 37 weeks – 7 lbs 2 oz. so unless you know something different from my OB or MFM specialist, she was full term. And came home with me no NICU. Best feeling ever!

      • Idreaminprincess says:

        No, you are wrong. Although 40 weeks is considered “full term,” 37 weeks is considered term and safe for delivery. The baby is not considered a premie. I know this. I went through this at 37 weeks.

      • UsedToBeLulu says:

        37 weeks is considered full term. Sorry if that makes you cranky, SW.

      • Mrs. Peacock says:

        I hate you all. My boy was 2 weeks LATE. In freaking JUNE.

      • tabasco says:

        While you obviously want to keep those babies in there til they’re fully cooked, I think sometimes it does depend on the individual. I mean, not that you should go inducing early for no reason or anything. You just hear so many stories of this baby was early and fine, that baby was on time and had problems, etc. My cousin gave birth right on schedule, no problems during pregnancy, and the baby was fully developed medically, but very small. Everything was fully developed, but size-wise she was in line with a premie. The docs were a bit confused, really! They kept her a bit just to be on the safe side, and then sent everybody home. Totally fine. 2.5 year-old strong, growing little hellion now! :) She’s actually “long” for her age now – her mom’s on the tall side.

      • tabasco says:

        p.s. i have no idea about causing preeclampsia or anything, but just in general i do think kim did not treat her body with enough care during her pregnancy. just more evidence that she is too immature and self-centered to have a child. i hope she cause any harm to the baby from oxygen loss due to Fetal Overspanx Syndrome.

      • SW says:

        I’ve said it a few ways, but lets try again. 37 weeks is term. 40+ weeks is full term. A due date is just a guess, and if someone electively decided to induce at 37 weeks, they could be off and put the baby in danger. Some babies (such as babies with preeclampsia and other medical issues) need to be born early despite the risk. The US, as a general rule, is too impatient to wait for nature to take its course and people elect to be induced as soon as they are 37 weeks. That is dangerous, both for mom and baby. Doctors are taking notice and are trying to stop this practice of babies being born early DUE TO CONVINCE. I’m NOT talking about the babies who are born early due to medical reasons.

    • Cris says:

      While 37 weeks isn’t premature I doubt that she planned the delivery to go with the album release. At least god I hope not

    • Marigold says:

      It is considered full term but it truly does depend on the baby. One of the tests they do during an ultrasound in instances of possible early birth is check to see if the baby is “practice breathing”, which is exactly what it sounds like. Some babies practice breathing at 34 weeks. Others might only irregularly practice breathing, which would indicate that baby needs more time in utero. Practice breathing is one of a number of things they “test” for if there is a possibility of early birth. Babies test differently from one another. So, yes, 37 weeks is considered full term but 40 weeks is ideal because they baby is probably consistently passing all components of the “test” by that point.

    • jc126 says:

      I’d put NOTHING past this disgusting family. Nothing. And maybe it was just a coincidence, the timing of the birth – but the pre-eclampsia rumors are probably just the Kardashians trying to make the story more dramatic. They’re repulsive, utterly loathsome.

    • JustaGirl says:

      I had a baby born at 34 weeks and another at 37 weeks. They were both in NICU for lung issues (and other problems with my 34 weeker but he wasn’t breathing at all when he was born). Just because 37 weeks is ‘term’ doesn’t mean the baby is definitely ready to be born. They were both big babies too – 8 lbs 5 oz for the 37 weeker and 7 lbs 9 oz for the 34 weeker (my husband was over 11 pounds so I think they were going to take after him). Luckily, they are both very healthy, very active, very happy pre-teens today. :)

  6. janie says:

    I like the name.. I’m not surprised by the preeclampsia? I hope they are both well. Kim played a dangerous game with her & the babys life. Life is more fragile than most people believe. I hope she takes motherhood seriously.

  7. Kate says:

    She lived an unhealthy life style while pregnant and the baby’s health shows that. By all accounts the baby seems weak even for 3 weeks early (incubator, 5 pounds). With this condition she should have been home instead of chasing some guy around the world and shooting her show. I would have told the producers to hell with the contract I’m not doing anything that could jeopardize my baby.

    • Jessica says:

      Exactly that baby is full term at 37 weeks. It’s in the condition it is because she didn’t take care of herself and this story is a PR move.

    • Naye in VA says:

      My preeclampsia wasn’t diagnosed until late in my pregnancy. Work was work and I worked on my feet until the day I had the baby. I think it’s a bit unfair to say she brought this on herself. Being on her feet may have aggravated the condition, but if it were that serious the DR would have taken the baby much earlier.

      • Thinker says:

        @Naye, your circumstances seem much less in your control. I am sorry you had such a difficult pregnancy and were diagnosed with preeclampsia so late.

        However, like most of the posters on here, I think Kim is responsible for some of these complications. She really didn’t take it easy. She really flew herself all over the world chasing Kanye. She seemed more concerned with her weight gain than with the fact that severe swelling is a textbook symptom of preeclampsia. There were major signs she wasn’t taking proper care of herself during the pregnancy.

    • NorthernGirl_20 says:

      I was born about 10 days early, was due on the 17th but born on the 7th. My mother never smoked nor travelled like Kim did and I was tiny 5 lbs and in an incubator for a few days after being born. I was smaller at a year old, but caught up eventually – from the school pictures I am the same height range as everyone else. I’m short now though, barely 5’01″.

      Both my sons were born at 39 weeks and were small babies 6lbs2 oz and 6lbs 4 oz. I’m just small inside and my uterus was deformed so they were small. I had to have c-sections because of the way they were positioned. Having babies is a complicated thing.

      • The Original Tiffany says:

        Being 10 days early has not that much to do with birth weight or future height/weight.
        I was induced two weeks early with both my children. One almost 8 pounds and one almost nine pounds.
        My girl is tall and my boy was 6 feet tall at age 12.

        10 days early is full term. My OB did do US both times to ensure the lungs were fully developed before the inductions.

        Babies gain approx. one half pound per week at the end.

      • Penguin says:

        I was born early only weighing 5lbs my Sis was 10 days late weighing 8 lbs. I’m 5’5 she’s only 5’0.

    • Trisha says:

      No one can cause this condition some are genetically predisposed to developing it but that being said there is a reason why pregnant women are expected and advised to rest more often and try to live with little stress (when possible many ppl have no choice but to work till the last second). But if she can relax which she can then why didn’t she. Based on how she was behaving it seems like she was not interested in her or the child’s health and thats can cause backlash. That being said I’m glad the baby is doing well.

    • Devon says:

      I was 2 weeks early and was just under 6lbs. My girlfriend had a baby a month ago and she was just over 5lbs at 38 weeks. Not all babies are the standard 7-8lbs at birth. Plus, babies put on a lot of weight in the last few weeks, up to 0.5lbs a week. Had she gone to 40+ weeks, the baby would have been around 7lbs. It’s dependent on a lot of things, not just what the mother ate or did during her pregnancy.

      People seem to forget that Kim isn’t a big person. She’s only like 5’2. Her ass and breasts might make her seem bigger but she’s really small.

    • Idreaminprincess says:

      Ding ding ding! What you said. The fact that she had such obvious and severe edema in her legs should have been reason to put her on bed rest. Although pre-eclampsia can’t be “caused” per se, it can be helped along or it can be controlled. In minor pre-eclampsia, the mother usually is put on bed rest. She should have been on bed rest once her edema had gotten so bad. It is one of the first signs of pregnancy hypertension. I would be surprised if her doctor had not already warned her to rest more. But it was far more important to go out and be seen and apparently engaging in some sort of re-enactment of Chinese foot binding.

    • Cazzie says:

      I was born 4 weeks early, weighed less than 5 pounds, and spent my first week in an incubator.

      Other than having a bit of “preemie forhead”, I have not experienced any long-term effects of being born so tiny. Am 5’7″ and 125 pounds, graduated from university, etc. etc.

      Here’s hoping that the baby stays healthy! I’ll bet she’s a cutie.

    • PinkG says:

      This is what THEY are telling the media. I wouldn’t doubt is this is all a lie and the baby was born at 9 months and a healthy 7-8 pounds. Since the fake wedding, PMK and her PR team have been on the sympathy run for Kim. Sorry to say, you can’t believe anything that comes from this family. They cried wolf too many times for anyone to believe anything Kardashian related.

  8. SueAnn says:

    If the baby was only 3 weeks early why was it so small??? Could it be the tight Spanx Kim wore during her pregnancy stopped the baby from developing correct?

    • yeahright says:

      lol Babies are inside a sac inside some water inside a uterus, inside the abdominal cavity surrounded by organs, bones and skin. Unless she was wearing a tightly laced corset tight clothing would have no effect on the baby whatsoever.

    • Anon says:

      My first daughter was born at 38 weeks. I was induced due to preeclampsia. She was only 4lbs 14oz, my doctor said she was perfectly healthy-just a small baby. My 2nd girl was 6 lbs-we thought she was huge!

    • Evelyn says:

      I knew I girl who had a baby girl a week early and she was five pounds, perfectly healthy. Some babies are just little, but she probably didn’t take great care of herself, which obviously will impact development

      • Naye in VA says:

        Unless youre smoking, drinking alcohol, and not eating much, and 100% stressed all the time, and not seeing a doc regularly, there is little you can do to impact the development of a baby. You have to be completely careless, which I strongly doubt she was. Pregnancy is an amazing thing where a child takes over your body and gets what it needs REGARDLESS of how you feel about it.
        O and prenantal vitamins. But really those are more for the folic acid preventing spinal bifida. But if you didnt take them chances are you would feel more crappy than the kid (unless of course the kid had spinal bifida)

    • janie says:

      SueAnn… I don’t believe she was that small.

  9. lisa says:

    konsequence kouture is as much of a real name as kaidence donda, just sayin’

  10. Katie says:

    Really, People? You gave this trick a cover?

    The white-washing has begun.

    • Dawn says:

      I know..right? But People love the KrapTrashians and give them covers all the time. People is no longer the magazine it started out to be, now if you have enough money you can buy a cover and a story from them. That is why People would never question the biggest liars on the planet earth about anything. I don’t buy them for that very reason.

  11. Marie says:

    My daughter was delivered via emergency c-section at 33 weeks because of preclampsia. She did not have preclampsia because she would have been on bedrest. I was put on bed rest before I has to be hospitalized.

    • Sisterkittty says:

      That’s not true for all women. I had PIH for a ling time. Took labetalol and had many 24 hour urine tests and my preeclampsia didn’t come until 40 weeks. It can come abruptly.

    • sugarskulls says:

      Towards the end of my pregnancy, my blood pressure was creeping up to the point where each time I had a doctor appointment, I had to caution my boss that if my blood pressure was too high, they were going to make me deliver the baby immediately. My doctor put me on once a week appointments almost as soon as my pressure started to creep up and explained that I needed to be prepared. She wanted to head it off before it developed into full blown preeclampsia which is where she was afraid I was heading. No bed rest for me but she did make me stop working ( I was one of those nuts who wanted to work until the end). As soon as I stopped working, three days into my maternity and three weeks before my kiddo’s due date, my water broke and I has my baby. Blood pressure returned to normal within two days. Three weeks early may not technically be premature, but my baby was barely six pounds, which according to my mom is a big baby for my family – we tend to have them small apparently.

  12. paige says:

    WHY DOESN’T SHE STOP ALREADY WITH THE TINKERING WITH HER FACE?? she didn’t even give it a rest while pregnant…wtf…she use to be exotic…

  13. Sumodo1 says:

    They should name the baby “Eighteen Years.”

  14. Dawn says:

    I think People is full of balony and more than likely work hand-in-hand with the K-family. That baby had dropped and her head was down and it was all very evident last week on Thursday in pics of Kimmode in a very tight dress. I don’t believe a word that comes from Kimmode’s mouth however so I could be wrong and maybe for the first time in a very long time she is telling the truth but I doubt it.

    • TG says:

      I agree. With the Klan it is hard to believe anything they put out there because they lie so much you don’t believe it when they are telling the truth. Did Kanye fly in because he was told something was happening? Or was he in for his album? If it was the latter I wouldn’t put it past Kimmy and Mommy Dearest to have concocted a potion for her to take just to cause her to go into labor or to have issues. Anything to keep him by her side. Kim and her mom have the grossest most unhealthy relationship I have ever seen on TV. Also, has anyone else picked up on thier insistence that the baby looks “exactly like Kim” or “just like Kim”? Anything to negate Kanye’s contribution and the chance that they baby might be ugly. I hope the Duchess has a girl too so that their isn’t a chance PMK can scheme her way into the royal family in 18 years or so. I can just see her packing little Konsequence of to her English private school when she is five. Okay, I am just jealous because that is exactly what I would do if I could afford it. Just kidding.

      • MissMoody says:

        Re: the throwing out of deets about how the baby looks “just like Kim.” I’m not saying it’s not possible. She is the mother but the stress on the babys “striaght shiny hair” thing sent up red flags for me. Even the BIC had straight hair at birth. It’s almost like they feel if the baby inherited any of Kanye’s traits, it would be considered less than in the attractiveness department

      • Agnetha says:

        I definitely noticed that they are trying to make a point of saying baby K doesn’t have African American features with the whole “small nose, straight hair, and looks just like Kim” stuff.

        I don’t know if Kim is prepared for the possibility that her daughter may be very dark and have African American features (nose, lips,hair etc.) that are not always considered to be desirable to the idiots in Hollywood. I feel like Kim wants a miniature version of herself in every way, but the odds of having a child that is as light as her with straight hair and a fake barbie nose are very slim, especially when looking at Kanye.

        I mean this in the best way, but I hope this girl is less attractive so her mom and Grandma don’t whore her out as much and instead is very smart. With one grandma who was a professor and a grandpa who was a lawyer, lets hope little K inherited the smarts that passed by her parents.

      • pk says:

        I agree! I don’t even like Kanye and I’m offended. Typical shallow Kardashians obsessed with appearance.

      • Shannon says:

        Ok, I’m not defending anyone here. But I can see how an Armenian person might have serious issues regarding looking too “ethnic”. Armenians were treated terribly before WWII along with the Italians, Irish, other Eastern Europeans, and everyone else who wasn’t considered “white enough to be white” at the time. There was even a famous Supreme court case in which an Armenian man tried to sue to be classified as white in order to become a citizen during the Asian exclusionary period, and if I remember correctly the court sided against him. Residual self-loathing can last for a long time, generations even. For someone who is self-conscious about this kind of thing, doing everything possible to appear “white” is a priority. There’s a reason skin bleaching is a worldwide, multi-billion dollar industry. Obsessing over whether a baby has “African” features would make sense. It’s really freaking sad, but I understand how it could happen.

  15. jc126 says:

    37 weeks is not “premature”. Give me a break.

  16. Raquel says:

    Can I just say how truly SICK I am of the West-Kardashian pregnancy? Sheesh–you’d think those two were the first pair to successfully procreate in years.

  17. Amanda says:

    I was born 3 weeks early too. Nobody made a big stink about it.

  18. Ginger says:

    I’m glad to hear she and the baby are well. I had acute eclampsia and nearly died. I have worked since with the pre eclampsia organization to help find a cure for this mysterious condition. I personally know a woman who died from this condition as well. I hope that Kim will now use her high profile to bring more awareness to this deadly condition.

  19. Lisa says:

    I’m not fan of Kim K, but pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are serious conditions. It was just a fictional show, but Chase on an episode of “House” put it well: “Call the OB-GYN service and rub some prayer beads.”

  20. The Original G says:

    I’m just wondering if the oft quoted weight of this baby is meant to suggest that they baby is already fashionably “skinny.”

  21. Dommy Dearest says:

    I’m sure Kanye is upset he doesn’t get to interrupt Kate and William’s big day.

    “Yo you got a cute baby and all and I see you’re givin’ birth but uh, me and Kim got the cutest baby of all time! And she came first so uh, we got the best baby of all time!”

  22. Gem says:

    I am by no means a fan of kim k, she is a vapid, horrible person in my opinion, but give the girl a break! being pregnant isn’t always a magic experience, it can be hard and really shitty! if she did have pre-eclampsia then i empathise, i had it and had to deliver early to prevent me having seizures. And even if she did choose to get induced, so what? People need to keep their opinions to themselves when it comes to childbirth/parenting, why the concern over what other people choose to do?! Concentrate on your own lives! Cue the ‘Hi PMK comments…’

    • H26 says:

      I agree, I hated being pregnant, I threw up unless I took anti nausea meds from 4 weeks until it ended and developed preeclampsia with both also. I was lucky both my kids are very healthy despite how unhealthy pregnancy made me.

      And I recently found out that having preeclampsia can cause you to be at higher risk of heart attack and stroke for 10-15 years after preeclampsia.

  23. Ruyana says:

    If she’s still in the hospital she probably had a C-section.

    Either that or she’s afraid to take the baby home to PMK’s house.

  24. Common sense says:

    I have always been indifferent about Kim and Kanye, have never watched Kim’s really show and don’t plan to. However, most of the comments about Kim, Kanye and especially their baby rub me the wrong way. The jokes about the baby name…smh

  25. Idreaminprincess says:

    I have posted this before, but I will do it again here. I was 37 weeks with severe pre-eclampsia. My BP was 230/140 (go ahead and faint). I too was feeling a bit “off” and had a terrible headache. My doctor said absolutely no induction. It had to be an emergency C-section to avoid stroking out during delivery. I was then put on a 24 hour drip of Magnesium (horrible, evil stuff) and got injections of Hydrolozine. When you are on Magnesium, the last thing you are doing is talking to press and having visitors. It is like having a severe flu.

    My guess is it was hypertension, not pre-eclampsia, which is a serious medical emergency. But her mother wants to make it more serious than it sounds to justify the early delivery.

    Also, at 37 weeks, the baby is considered term. So there is no reason she is being kept in an incubator as a premie unless there is actually something wrong with her. Even in my state, my daughter was with me right away.

    I honestly feel bad for Kim for whatever medical complications she had, but her story does not hold up under scrutiny. Any complications during pregnancy are frighting. But pre-eclampsia is life threatening and I don’t like them playing with it for publicity.

    • Jen says:

      I was 34 1/2 weeks with my first and on a magnesium drip as well. It is the DEVIL. I am a type 1 diabetic and blood pressure was through the roof. I was diagnosed with severe pre-eclampsia and in the hospital that day. My son spent 2 weeks in the NICU and thankfully, is a happy, perfectly healthy 4 year old.

      I was 36 weeks with my second and she was with me the entire time after her birth – no NICU. I was diagnosed pre-eclamptic much earlier this time (we were looking for it), but watched my blood pressure weekly, or more.

      Needless to day, my tubes are tied today.

  26. TheTruthHurts says:

    I appreciate her friends telling us the important fact that the baby had “a head full of STRAIGHT hair” as to let us be well aware the child does not have an afro like her father. Transparent much? RME.

  27. Elisabeth says:

    it’s a shame when describing a baby you have to use the word ‘original’ so much

    She has Kim’s ‘original’ eyes/nose/lips

    I had pre-clampsia with my daughter…they do try to stop it (before 37 weeks) before just delivering the baby
    I delivered at 31 weeks. Very scary
    (she’s 4 now)

    • Idreaminprincess says:

      31 weeks? Oh wow. I’m glad you are both alright. I still have nightmares about that headache and the panic that set in when they saw my blood pressure. I will never forget the look on my husband’s face. He was trying to stay calm, but he turned sheet white. The whole thing was very traumatic. That is why it is hard for me to believe this lot of liars in the K Klan. They are doing press interviews after a pre-eclampsia delivery? Really?

  28. Meanchick says:

    Okay. I’m attempting a translation. Kim, worried about her ‘man-cave’ demanded a c-section. Done.

  29. F5 says:

    Gawd, it’s gonna be about everybody and their aunt’s childbirth for the next decade on every friggin thread.
    No one cares, people. It’s a gossip site.

  30. UsedToBeLulu says:

    The baby has straight hair? Why would they feel a need to specify this? gmab

  31. TG says:

    @MissMoody – I was also wondering about that but didn’t want to be too forward with my opinion but I agree the “straight dark hair” thing and “looks exactly like Kim” hints at racism as if the baby looking anything like Kanye or had any features that are more generally associated with being black is a bad thing. It is like they are breathing a sigh of relief or something. Disgusting excuse of a person. I mean doesn’t everyone think their baby is beautiful no matter how ugly it may be? That is the way a parent is supposed to be. I am surprised the baby doesn’t look like PMK since she is the father of the baby.

  32. jwoolman says:

    So PEOPLE doesn’t really know anything more than TMZ. Notice it’s all unnamed “sources”, hardly warranting an old picture of Kim on the cover. That means we still don’t know what happened. Is Kim still in the hospital? After a C-section, mom usually stays for a few days (unless they’re booting everybody out early now) since it’s major surgery. Is Kim staying for that or for complications of a non-surgical birth or her condition before the birth? Or is she rich enough to get a hospital room so she can keep an eye on Kanye who is probably glued to the incubator to fend off the K Klan and its kamera krew? We still don’t know if temperature regulation is little Ka-Ching! Vatikan City Kardashian West’s only reason for being in an incubator.

    The only reason so many people are questioning all this stuff from “sources” is because the K Klan are such khronic liars. Most people would either just say “no komment” or tell the truth. There are celebrities who actually have kept everything private successfully, with no one having a klue when a baby was born or where. But the K Klan has a habit of floating variations on the story to check out which lie will be more believable. That’s what they did when Kimmie filed for divorce only 72 days after her over-the-top televised wedding where she even wore three different wedding gowns… As soon as the negative reactions started, we had one inconsistent story after another coming from the Klan or those mysterious “sources” in kompliant tabloids. They run into trouble when they lie about something a lot of other people have a lot of personal experience with (like marriage and birthing babies).

  33. Loren says:

    Maybe you should post a picture of PRE Surgery Kim… Then we can all see what this baby REALLY looks like.

  34. Isa says:

    It’s her fault because she didn’t take care of herself? What was she doing that was so a strenuous? Sure she traveled but please it’s not like she was carrying her own luggage. Sure she wore ugly, ill fitting clothes but that won’t affect the baby. Plenty of women do all she did and more and have babies on time. Unless she induced or had a scheduled csection it’s not her fault.

    It’s a really sad day when I feel sorry for a kardashian.

  35. the original bellaluna says:

    Naye, he was my third child, our “SURPRISE!” baby, as we call him. I had two older children without incident (other than swelling with the first – put those shoes on before you step outta bed or you’re not wearing ‘em! – and morning sickness all damn day until 7+ months with the second).

    Idream – Yeah, I agree *internet hugs*. My BP was like something ridiculous over 190. They told my husband to “call my family” and they were taking the baby NOW. I was also on two BP meds for the first year+ of his life. Now I’m on two different ones, but my BP has come down a bit. And I swelled up AFTER the delivery!! It was crazy!

  36. Jayna says:

    The baby has Kim’s lips and nose? Which ones? The ones before her plastic surgery?

  37. l says:

    well, at least she didn’t pull a beyonce #toosoon

  38. JessSaysNo says:

    I could tell she was looking preeclamptic before she delivered. 37 weeks is NOT premature labor. My daughter was born at 37 weeks and I was induced because my water broke and I wasnt having a contax after many hours. I ended up with a c/s but my kid had no time in the NICU or incubator (except for routine newborn jaundice) for ‘prematurity’. If the baby was born at or after 37 weeks, she was not premature.

  39. jwoolman says:

    Much as I hate to defend the K Klan – maybe they’re saying Baby Ka-Ching! Vatikan City Kardashian West looks like Kim because she resembles Kim at birth, long before thoughts of plastic surgery and injections danced in her head. Mama Ten Percent would be the one who would notice that, assuming she paid any attention before her kids became profitable. Or the others in the K Klan could be basing it on baby pictures of infant Kimmie.

    Don’t know why no mention of anything resembling Ka-Ching!’s daddy. Maybe the little future rug rat doesn’t show any of his features (yet). Omigosh – the thought just occurred to me, could Mama Ten Percent have had Kimmie cloned?!? It’s been done with a sheep and a calico cat ….

  40. Terri says:

    pre-clampsia can come up at any time, I actually had it post partum. I spent my 3 months of maternity leave going to the doctor 2xs a week and taking my own blood pressure 3xs a day, with strict orders to call if #s reached a certain point, which I hovered around.

    37 weeks is considered safe, my kids were both 35 weeks, the first was NICU for 6 days due to a blood sugar problem and the 2nd one went home on time.

    Cracks me up how baby “looks” just like Kim.

  41. Jag says:

    My mother had preeclampsia with me. She gained 70 pounds, and I was only 4 lbs 13 oz. She had me at least a month early with natural, non-induced childbirth.

    I don’t agree with the baby not being on the mother, skin to skin, to regulate her temperature. It’s a proven fact that the mother’s body will adjust hotter or cooler to help the baby’s temperature be where she needs to be. I feel sad that this child isn’t being giving all the opportunities for a natural start in this world; but rather, is already a cog in the sterile medical machine. Formula, rather than breastmilk, is next – I guarantee it.

  42. Kim says:

    If you count back 37 weeks, the conception would have taken place in the last week of September. She didn’t file for divorce until October 31st. Hmmmm….

  43. Shannon says:

    Having complications during pregnancy can be scary for anyone, I really admire any woman who’s gone through that. I don’t live under a rock, I know how exasperatingly annoying Kim is, but my inclination is to believe this was potentially serious problem. On the other hand, I also don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility that Kim staged this whole thing to hide the fact that she and Kanye got together even earlier than they’re claiming. Who really knows? It’s not like anyone can argue with the story, Kim’s medical records are protected by HIPAA laws.