Kim Kardashian and Kanye West may have chosen to hire a surrogate to carry their third child., but Kim’s adamant that it hasn’t made things easier.

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As Kim wrote on her blog, her first two pregnancies were high-risk, and she suffered from both preeclampsia and placenta accreta (where the placenta grows too deeply into the wall of the uterus.) With the risks of more complications in subsequent pregnancies, Kim turned to a surrogate to carry her third child.

According to In Touch Weekly, both Kim’s sister, Kourtney Kardashian, and her mother, Kris Jenner, offered to be a pregnancy surrogate for Kim. However, Kim and her husband eventually chose an experienced mother of two with previous surrogacy experience to carry their child.

As TMZ reports, Kim’s surrogate is an African-American woman in her 20s, married for five years, and in good physical shape. According to TMZ, the surrogate is being paid $45,000 (in 10 monthly installments) to carry Kim’s baby. There is an extra payment of $5,000 (per extra child) for multiples and an additional $4,000 if the surrogate loses reproductive organs.

The contract requires the surrogate to abstain from drugs, smoking, alcohol, raw fish, hot tubs, and saunas during the pregnancy. Nor is she permitted to handle cat litter, use hair dye, or have more than one caffeinated drink a day. The agreement also states that Kim and Kanye must take responsibility for the child if he or she is born with any disability.

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Despite the detail in the surrogacy agreement, Kim says that the experience of having a child via surrogate isn’t as easy or stress-free as one might imagine. In an interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” she explained that giving up control to a surrogate was harder than expected:

“Anyone that says or thinks it is just the easy way out is just completely wrong. I think it is so much harder to go through it this way, because you are not really in control. And, you know, obviously you pick someone that you completely trust and that you have a good bond and relationship with, but it is still … knowing that I was able to carry my first two babies and not, you know, my baby now, it’s hard for me. So, it’s definitely a harder experience than I anticipated just in the control area.”

Though she admits that she “hated being pregnant,” Kim insists that she would rather have carried this baby herself. She told “ET”:

“I thought this was going to be so easy, but you know, even in how much I hated it, if I could do it myself I would have preferred that.”

And while she’s grateful that the technology and opportunity exist to make the surrogacy possible, there’s also the fact that not physically carrying the baby has made it harder to prepare mentally for the new arrival. As Kim told “ET”:

“Even the fact that it is happening — and you do forget sometimes — because I think when you are pregnant, by the time you have the baby, you are so prepared and so ready, and now I am just like, ‘Oh my God I am going to freak out because I’m not ready and I’m not prepared,’ but it’ll just all come into place.”

Kim recently had a baby shower, where big sister North was excited to see all the new toys. In the video below, Kim revealed that the baby is a girl on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” as she described North’s eagerness to test her little sister’s toys:

“We had a baby shower over the weekend. I thought, ‘I really do want to have a baby shower because I want her to feel that something’s coming and for her to really understand it.’ People brought toys and gifts. [North] was opening them all up the next day and she said, ‘Mom, Baby Sister’s not here. I think I need all of her toys in my room. I’ll play with them and just make sure they’re OK for Baby Sister.'”

Kim says North is much more excited about a sister than she was about a brother but admitted that they’re still stuck on a baby name. Various reports have the new baby arriving in either December or January.

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