I don’t know about you, but as I was waiting in line for go-karts at Coney Island this past weekend, the news of Kim Kardashian delivering her little girl (allegedly named Kaidence) to the world was a big surprise to me. Especially since the baby wasn’t due for another month or so. But according to reports, including People, the reason behind the baby’s early arrival might have a lot to do with reports that Kim had pre-eclampsia.
For those not aware, pre-eclampsia is a medical condition pregnant women deal with that causes extreme high blood pressure and if it goes on without being treated, it can turn into full blown eclampsia, which can cause seizures. Pre-eclampsia can actually also occur after delivery and affect other organs, but if it occurs beforehand, mother and child could both be at risk.
One major symptom of pre-eclampsia includes swelling. According to the New York Daily News, Kim Kardashian has been pretty vocal about her swollen lips caused by her pregnancy, and as we’ve seen during her errands, her feet were very swollen for some time as well. To really do something about the condition, the baby has to be delivered early, which was the case for Kardashian as the baby was delivered in her 37th week. There are numerous causes for pre-eclampsia, but one big reason is shallow implantation of the placenta in your body, which can occur when your immune system rejects it.
All in all, thankfully, the reality star and baby (whatever her actual name is) are doing well. She is resting in an incubator to regulate her body temperature, and the new mom is stoked about her first child, writing in an e-mail to Ryan Seacrest: “Can’t believe it. It’s so crazy!”