Khloe Kardashian Can’t Get Pregnant

Posted by on Nov 30, 2012 in Celebrities and Pregnancy |

Khloe Kardashian Can’t Get Pregnant

Anyone who keeps track of tabloid news and celebrity gossip realizes that being famous can’t get you everything. As a case in point: Khloe Kardashian (of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”) and her husband, professional athlete Lamar Odom, have been trying for several years to get pregnant. It could be said that it is one of the hazards of life as a celebrity that even the most personal of issues will be followed by an interested public, and discussed endlessly in the media.

If that personal issue is prospective pregnancy, then the challenges will likely include ongoing public speculation about whether or not the desired pregnancy is, indeed, underway. Given the three-year history of attempted conception and fertility treatments already behind Khloe and Lamar, this week’s public appearance in which she seemed to be carrying a few more pounds sparked a new round of public inquiries and speculation.

Odom’s father, in fact, contributed to the speculation by speaking to a reporter on the subject, confiding that he was about to have a “thoroughbred” grandchild. Given the senior Mr. Odom’s recent health challenges, he may not be a reliable source, and the couple themselves are denying the pregnancy.

Nevertheless, the press is speculating that they may be simply choosing to keep the early pregnancy under wraps. The first trimester is the most risky in any pregnancy, and even more so in a couple that has been struggling with fertility problems. For that reason, it is not uncommon for a newly pregnant pair to keep the fact to themselves until they reach the safer second trimester.

When the couple in question is a celebrity pair, the uproar of press talk that would necessarily accompany an announcement of pregnancy makes that discretion an even more advisable choice. The loss of a pregnancy can already be devastating to the couple whose hopes are dashed by the miscarriage, and having the subject rehashed in the press only adds to the emotional distress. So the public continues to guess and gossip, wondering if that’s a “baby bump” or just some stress-pounds brought on by her husband’s recent career difficulties.

This spring brought reports that Khloe and Lamar were undergoing fertility treatment, once the questions about his career had been settled by his signing with the Clippers. Khloe wen with one of her sisters to a Beverly Hills fertility clinic in April for the initial assessments that might help the pair determine what assistance they could use in achieving their dream of parenthood.

It has no doubt been hard for her to watch her sister Kourtney become pregnant twice in rapid succession during the same years that she herself has been attempting the same. One friend of the family reported that Khloe felt humiliated and frustrated that she could not seem to get pregnant naturally, referring to herself as a “failure” in comparison to her obviously fertile older sister.

Although the couple has publicly acknowledged the fact that they are undertaking fertility treatment, they have not released specific information about the nature of any diagnosis they may have received, or the type of treatments they may be intending to try. Sources report that it is Khloe, rather than Lamar, who is undergoing treatments, but there is no word on what the process might entail, or what the prognosis might be. Now that the pair has moved back to Los Angeles and shut down their spin-off show (“Khloe and Lamar”), they have said that they intend to focus their energies on starting a family. Until they announce a pregnancy themselves, the public will continue to speculate.