Kourtney Kardashian Talks Candidly About Her Unsuccessful IVF Attempts

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On Monday, May 27, Kourtney Kardashian invited her 223 million Instagram to ask questions about pregnancy—either hers or their own. The 45-year-old reality star selected her favorites and addressed them on her Instagram Story. In her answers, she openly disclosed that she had undergone five unsuccessful IVF cycles while attempting to conceive with her husband, Travis Barker—and shed light on her postpartum recovery journey since giving birth to her son, Rocky, in November 2023. Below, we break down the standout points from the social media exchange.


“Had 6 failed IVFs – how did you find the strength to keep going? It’s debilitating,” a follower asked.

“I stopped after a year of trying (5 failed IVF cycles, 3 retrievals),” Kardashian replied in the since-expired Instagram Story. “My body relaxed and I believed in God’s plan for my life. Lots of prayers for whatever was meant to be for us. Also lots of optimizing my health. I know how hard it is to feel like you’re not trying, but believing in God’s plan and saying your prayers is so powerful.”

The Lemme founder later followed up with some more information about her pregnancy journey for clarification. “I want to be super clear bc it seems my answer to the IVF question may have been confusing,” she wrote. “I got pregnant 100% naturally, NOT through IVF… one year after stopping IVF actually. Through God’s blessing, on Valentine’s Day.”

On Postpartum Recovery…

A second follower asked: “Important child birth recovery tips?” to which Kardashian shared a link to a Poosh article documenting her postpartum recovery plan. The piece includes insights from functional medicine and nutrition specialist Leona West Fox, CN, and Ayurvedic master Martha Soffer.

“At the very beginning, it’s all about eating warm, nourishing foods, keeping hair dry and not going outside,” Kardashian wrote in the piece. “I started taking walks outside with the baby after about a week or two to get some fresh air. I also kept very cozy, nurturing vibes at home like drinking different hot teas throughout the day and playing relaxing jazz music (and Christmas music because it was that time of year).”

Leona West Fox suggested a Sitz Bath Soak for postpartum discomfort, along with arnica supplements for inflammation and perineal ice packs. Martha Soffer added: “At Surya, we recommend daily postpartum massages, a calming diet, calming body oil, everything that will help the new mother (and therefore the baby) come back into good balance,” she explained. “Even the organs, like the uterus, need to settle down, and all the open space must gently close and return.”

Soffer continued, “We really want to do everything we can to keep the nervous system calm, not only for the mother’s restoration, but to help the baby via the mother’s state of mind. It makes such a difference. Let everything settle down and go back into place. Then, find a new strength that is right there, available to every mother who invests just a little self-care.”

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