Kim delivered her baby on June 15 after being rushed to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center the night before. Afterward, the family said Kim had a normal birth and the child was healthy.
But anytime a child is born before the 37th week of gestation, they are in a danger zone because some organs, especially the lungs, may not be fully formed. Kim’s baby was born at 34 weeks, while the normal gestation period is 39 weeks.
Celebrity Health & Fitness was the first site to raise questions about Kim and her baby’s health the day after the birth was announced.
The latest report in People magazine confirms that Kim faced a potentially serious health problem. But if she was suffering from a possible onset of preeclampsia, then doctors would not have allowed her to give birth naturally.
In almost all cases, doctors would have performed a Cesarean section; allowing a natural birth under those conditions is too dangerous. So something doesn’t add up.Whether this is just more Kardashian manufactured drama, or her health problems are real, remains to be seen. But right now the latter seems to be a distinct possibility. The baby reportedly is in an incubator, according to the magazine.
As tabloids go, People tends to be among the more credible news sources, although it reported that the Kim’s baby is “already smiling” even though it’s medically impossible for newborns to smile.
People was also widely accused of doctoring a cover photo of Angelina Jolie’s newborn twins to make one of them smile. (Whats with the smiles obsession?). The magazine denied the photo was altered.
Another big question is whether the publication is angling to buy the baby’s first photos and hyping the story to create more interest.
One thing is certain, her delivery caught baby daddy Kanye West by surprise. He was set to attend a listening party for his new album Yeezus until he got word that Kim was in labor. He rushed to the hospital.
The dangers of preeclampsia were featured in last season’s PBS hit “Downton Abbey.” Lady Sybil gave birth, but died from the affliction. The episode was set in the 1920s, before modern treatments for the condition were invented.