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Kim Kardashian reveals fertility issues; calls pregnancy 'a pleasant surprise'

Jan. 15, 2013 at 9:20 AM ET

Kim Kardashian's pregnancy (with Kanye West) didn't just come as a surprise to her worldwide audience, it took the reality star by surprise, too. Why? Well, as she revealed to TODAY's Savannah Guthrie Tuesday, it turns out she faced fertility issues similar to her sister Khloe's.

"Khloe has been very open about her fertility issues and I think I was always really kind of quiet about mine, and I have similar issues, and so it was a pleasant surprise when so many doctors were telling me one thing and then the opposite happens," she said. "That’s an exciting moment, you can plan for things like that. So I think it's just such a blessing knowing my circumstances."

Kim, 32, explained she would be due in July, which might make her firstborn's birthday coincide with her sister Kourtney's latest child, Penelope, who was born last summer. (Kourtney was also on hand, as the two discussed the start of the next season of their E! show, "Kourtney & Kim Take Miami.")

Kim also mentioned a conversation she and Kourtney had off-camera about how some large families handle babysitting and ... other issues.

"(Kourtney) said that in the old days, and maybe we should try this ... one sister should babysit all the kids ... so I can go out out or vice-versa and, you know, whichever sister is babysitting should breastfeed all the kids that are there," said Kim.

Kourtney insisted that her words were twisted in the translation. "I said, that's what they did back in the day. I didn't say that let's try this."

Still, don't count on the Kardashians sharing breastfeeding duties. Even though Kourtney said the idea didn't "freak" her out, Kim was uncomfortable with the notion.

Such sisterly discussions will no doubt be the focus of their show's new season. Meanwhile, there are still burning questions about Kim's marital status: Even though her marriage to Kris Humphries lasted just 72 days, he has reportedly declined to sign papers to complete the divorce.

"I can't speak for anyone else (about why Kris hasn't signed)," said Kim. "It's a process. ... It's happening, hopefully."

So once that is all taken care of, will there be wedding bells in the air for Kim and Kanye? They did just buy a house together

"It's something that we talk about, but I think it's just right now (we're) focusing on the baby," said Kim. "What I've learned in life is -- I was always such a planner, and ... you think your life is going to be a certain way, and the best surprises just happen when you don't plan."

But that wasn't all the ladies had to share on TODAY Tuesday; they returned later on to chat with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. Kim acknowledged that she might actually have her child while still married to Humphries ("I hope not"), but also recognized that some of her future is just out of her hands. "As much as I would love to be divorced and we're working on it and I hope it's sooner than later ... what are you going to do?" 

Once the baby has arrived, however, Kim seemed clear on how she plans to parent, particularly in terms of sleeping arrangements.

"I'm definitely going to be a different mom than Kourtney," she said. "I'm going to share my bedroom with my boyfriend, unlike her. ... She loves to have the baby sleep in bed with her at night."

And not just the baby, said Kim -- 3-year-old Mason is also part of the family bed in Kourtney's house, it appears. "I see my other friends that put their babies in their own room and put them to bed at a set time, so they can go out and have date night."

"Let's see what happens," said Kourtney, knowingly.

"Kourtney & Kim Take Miami" returns to E! on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 9 p.m.

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