Khloé Kardashian has opened up about the challenges of welcoming her second child via surrogate.
During the season 3 premiere of The Kardashians, which started streaming on Thursday, May 25, the Reality Tv star, 38, told her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Scott Disick about how she was adjusting to life as a mom of two.
The Good American cofounder, shares daughter True, 5, and a son, 9 months old Tatum with ex-boyfriend Tristan Thompson.
During the show, Khloé admitted she struggled to connect with her newborn son, Tatum whom she had through surrogacy, calling the process a “mind f–k.”
She also revealed that it didn’t really register she was having a child until she got to the hospital. Kardashian said in a confessional:
“But a surrogate process — Kim [Kardashian] knows — is very hard for me. It’s a mindf—k. It is really the weirdest thing. [I do feel less connected]. People do say it takes a minute to feel connected but Kim said hers was easy. This is not easy.”
Khloé recalled watching her baby boy’s August 2022 birth, adding,
“I definitely buried my head in the sand during that pregnancy that I didn’t digest what was happening. So I think when I went to the hospital that was the first time it really registered. It has nothing to do with the baby.”
She added that she was in a state of “shock” around the whole experience of surrogacy, noting that her lack of personal knowledge about surrogacy may have played a role in the long adjustment period. She continued:
“I definitely was in a state of shock from my entire experience in general. I felt really guilty that this woman just had my baby and I take the baby and go to another room and you are separated.
“It felt like such a transactional experience because it is not about him. I wish someone was honest about surrogacy and the difference of it. But it doesn’t mean it is bad or good. It is just very different.”
While talking to her sister Kim Kardashian — who welcomed two of her four children via surrogacy and Kourtney Kardashian’s ex-boyfriend Scott, Khloé admitted the process had been challenging for her.
She then nodded her head when Disick asked if she felt less connected to her son than her daughter, whom she birthed herself.
Kim, 42, reflected on her own experience after welcoming daughter Chicago, 5, and son Psalm, 4, via surrogate.
“She had a really hard time accepting the whole process. I do think that there is a difference when the baby is in your belly — it actually feels your real heart.
Think about it. It touches your organs. There is no one else on this planet that will feel you from the inside like that,”
the Skims founder, who also shares daughter North, 9, and son Saint, 7, with ex-husband Kanye West, explained.
“People can connect in different ways and people can not connect.”
Khloé became a mother for the first time when she welcomed True in April 2018 with Tristan, 32. The former couple, who dated off and on since 2016, expanded their family again in the aftermath of his paternity scandal with ex-girlfriend, Maralee Nichols.