Gestational surrogacy brings risks, many of them the same ones associated with any pregnancy, but a few unique to surrogacy. Knowing what to expect can help you to prepare and possibly avoid some of these risks. They can be physical, emotional or economic. We’ll explore risks before, during, and after the surrogacy.
Physical risks begin with fertility medication. The products required to coordinate cycles with the intended mother or egg donor cause hormonal changes which can lead to side effects like irritability, headaches and hot flashes. Other risks may be harder to define. They can include preparing your family, friends, and employer for the changes and accommodations your surrogate pregnancy may require. Take the time now to identify those you can rely on and those who may not be as supportive as you hoped.
Because gestational surrogacy typically begins with IVF, there are some limited risks at implantation, such as cramping, bleeding and infection. As the pregnancy progresses you are likely to experience typical pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness, weight gain and other discomfort. Keep in mind that no two pregnancies are alike. Just because your previous pregnancies were uncomplicated doesn’t mean that this one will go just as smoothly.
Multiple births are more common in gestational surrogacy, which bring increased risks of placenta abruption, gestational diabetes, eclampsia, placenta previa and premature births. If you experience complications that require bed rest, you may need help caring for your family or home, or help to offset your lose of income.
Postpartum depression is a risk with any pregnancy, but it can have a significant impact after a surrogate pregnancy. With no baby at home to care for, you may be expected to bounce back quickly and may not get the support you need. And as much as you understand that the baby you carried for nine months was not your own, he or she did keep you company for nine months, so a period of adjustment is only natural. Contact with the intended parents may drop off as they bond with their new baby and you may miss the relationship.
If you would like to discuss the risks and great joys of becoming a surrogate in Texas or Florida, the experienced staff at Surrogate Solutions is here to help. Gayle and her team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to learn more.