It’s baby number three for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
American socialite Kim Kardashian and her rapper husband Kanye West are expecting their third child.
According to Us Weekly, the couple have already locked down a deal with an agency in search of a surrogate to carry their third child.
The pair has chosen an unidentified woman from San Diego, California, to carry their third child to term. The female, who is in her late 20s and has experience as a surrogate, will most likely give birth in the new year with an estimated January 2018 due date.
Kardashian has not been shy about her desire to have a third child but has not pursued conception for a third time out of fear for her health.
In the past, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians lead has suffered from a condition called placenta accreta which would make a third pregnancy life-threatening for the reality star.
Despite her health issues, Kardashian and West are already parents to daughter North, 4, and son Saint, 1.
The star, who gave birth to her first child in 2013, reflected on her experience with placenta accreta.
“My doctor had to stick his entire arm in me and detach the placenta with his hand, scraping it away from my uterus with his fingernails,” she wrote on her blog at the time.
“My delivery was fairly easy, but then going through that—it was the most painful experience of my life! They gave me a second epidural but we were racing against time, so I just had to deal,” Kardashian revealed.
Another one of Kardashian’s pregnancy conditions forced her to deliver almost six weeks early.
“I had a condition called preeclampsia, which is a serious condition you can get during pregnancy; often, the only way to get rid of it is to deliver early to protect yourself and the baby. Only about five percent of women get this,” she explained.
The couple has reportedly already made a deposit of Sh6.4 million ($68,850) to the agency and the surrogate stands to make a minimum of Sh4.5 million ($45,000).
The women will be paid Sh450,000 ($4,500) per month over the course of 10 months, but if she gives birth to multiple babies, she would get an additional Sh5 million ($5,000) per child, according to TMZ.
The surrogate will also receive compensation of $4,000 if she loses reproductive organs as a result of the surrogacy. The woman, who is familiar with the process of carrying another’s child, has appeared in a promotional video about the surrogacy process with her family.
The female will be required to follow specific rules set by the couple during her pregnancy which include refraining from drinking, drugs and smoking. She is not allowed to consume more than one caffeinated beverage a day and cannot eat raw fish.
During her pregnancy she will also be restricted from visiting saunas, sitting in hot tubs, dyeing her hair and handling cat litter.