Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will welcome a child via surrogate in January, according to reports.
Celebrity news website TMZ is reporting Kimye are expecting their third child in early 2018.
According to TMZ, the couple, who are already parents to four-year-old North and 21-month-old Saint, are paying the surrogate $US45,000 ($56,000) for her services after finding her through an agency.
The Kardashan West clan reportedly hired the surrogate because Kim suffers from placenta accreta, a condition where the placenta attaches itself too deeply to the uterine wall.
Eventual attempts to remove the placenta can result in hemorrhaging for the mother, as well as damage to the uterus. The condition also increases the risk of a premature delivery.
“The entire family is over the moon. Kim had been looking for a surrogate for months until recently when she found the perfect candidate,” a source told People magazine.
“Given her health scares in the past, Kim felt the need to hire a surrogacy agency that helped serve as the liaison in finding a healthy woman who would be a great surrogate option for her and Kanye. Both of them have been super involved in the process.”
Kim’s fertility was the focus of an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians last November.
In the episode, the reality star visited two fertility specialists, one of whom told her that, given the medical risks she would face in a third pregnancy, using a surrogate was “not an unreasonable option”.
“If the two doctors that I trust have told me it wouldn’t be safe for me to get pregnant again, I have to listen to that,” she said at the time.
“But because I don’t know anyone that has been a surrogate or used one, I didn’t really think about that as an option for me.”
In a meeting with a woman who had worked as a surrogate shown in the same episode, Kim expressed worry that, if she had a child by surrogate, she would not “love them the same” as her two biological children.
At the end of the episode, Kim concluded she would not try for another children biologically and instead wanted to “explore surrogacy”.
Earlier this year, another episode of her reality show followed Kim as she had an unsuccessful procedure to increase her chance of conceiving naturally.
“I always knew surrogacy was an option; now it’s my reality,” she said on the episode. “Whatever is meant to be will be.”
In June, it was reported that the family had engaged a surrogacy agency, although they did not confirm the rumours.