Kourtney Kardashian announces pregnancy

Kourtney Kardashian celebrating her big news after sharing her pregnancy journey with fans this morning, news of another Kardashian to keep up with Kourtney. Kardashian revealing she’s expecting video shows the 44 year old Kardashian star hold a sign at a Blink 182 concert where musician husband Travis Barker was on the drums reading Travis, I’m pregnant. A few days ago he also shared this “Kourtney Kardashian Is Pregnant, Expecting 1st Child w/ Travis Barker

The move a nod to the band’s music video for the hit song all the Small Things. The eldest Kardashian, who has three children from her previous relationship, has opened up on the Hulu series about her awful experience with in vitro fertilization, or IVF. Travis and I want to have a baby.

And so my doctor took us down this road of doing IVF, and it hasn’t been the most amazing experience. And then this year’s season three premiere, courtney revealing she and Travis Parker stopped IVF entirely. We are officially done with IVF. Sisters Kim and Chloe have also previously opened up about their own IVF struggles before opting to later have their children via surrogate.

IVF is still improving every single day, and I commend Kourtney for actually coming out and openly saying that she was stopping with her treatment because she and her partner likely got to the point of futility where they felt like they really couldn’t make a difference with the treatments they were going through.

The Kardashian sisters joining other women in Hollywood who’ve spoken about their infertility challenges. Stars like Chrissy Teigen, Amy Schumer and Gabrielle Union have all been candid about their own journeys. According to the NIH, infertility affects approximately one in eight couples in the United States.

And since 1978, over 5 million children worldwide have been conceived via IVF. The CDC now offering an online IVF success estimator to help hopeful mothers determine their likelihood of pregnancy using the method using factors like weight, height, number of previous pregnancies and age.

We’re going to talk about this more now with ABC News medical contributor Dr. Darian Sutton to help understand some of the difficulties so many women experience with IVF. Dr. Sutton, always a pleasure to have you. What are some of the main factors that make a viable pregnancy so difficult to achieve?

The factors of what causes infertility is vast and wide. And they can start out with just minor things like overall health challenges and overall understanding whether or not you’re at risk in terms of endometriosis fibroids, fallopian tube damage, genetic disorders. And then also there are common things like ovulation disorders, early menopause, and then, of course, male partner infertility.

These are all things that are looked up and evaluated when someone is coming in with infertility. So when we’re talking about IVF, what are some of the risks associated with it and how successful is it? A lot of the risks are associated with the medications that are given during IVF, which include oftentimes a variety of different hormones that can cause, at first something mild like abdominal pain or Bloating, as well as emotional changes, but then that can progress to more serious symptoms like ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, ovarian cysts, or ectopic pregnancies.

Those bottom common ones are ones that we see in the emergency room that we have to be mindful for when a patient has a history of IVF and they come in with any new symptom real quick. Any really quick succinct way to say when a woman should start considering IVF succinctly?

You should start considering it if you’ve been having difficulty having a child and it’s dependent on your age. If you’re over the age of 35 and you’ve been having difficulty for at least six months, you should talk to a fertility specialist. If you’re under the age of 35 and you’ve been having difficulty for at least a year, these are reasons why you should bring this up with a fertility specialist to see your options.

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