If you are considering becoming a gestational carrier, you may wonder what the risks of taking on this exciting yet formidable task may be. The opportunity to help prospective parents achieve their dream draws many people to this undertaking, but you should understand the risks involved in the process before you move forward. Most women do find the rewards far outweigh those risks.
Physical Risks of Gestational Surrogacy
You will experience relatively low physical risk if you become a surrogate. However, these are some of the most common risks of becoming a gestational surrogate:
- Risks from in vitro fertilization (IVF): Surrogates undergo IVF to implant the fertilized egg in their uterus. The transfer process is painless, but beforehand, you will need to inject yourself with fertility medications. A small number of women may experience allergic reactions to the drugs. Many women get minor bruising at the injection sites. Surrogates also take menstrual cycle regulation medications, which can prompt PMS-type symptoms.
- Multiple births: IVF can result in a twin or even triplet pregnancy. This will cause more stress on your body and could lead to a more difficult birth. You run a greater risk of having a Cesarean section or placental abruption when you are pregnant with multiples. Your babies may also have lower birth weight. Listen carefully to your doctor’s instructions to reduce further risks if you have twins or triplets.
- Complications from pregnancy: No pregnancy is risk-free. Every time you carry a child, you run the risk of complications. Of course, most pregnancies involve some more general discomforts, such as swelling, nausea, heartburn and pain in your lower back. More serious risks include hypertension and diabetes.
Emotional Risks of Gestational Surrogacy
The psychological risks may be more of an issue that the physical risks for many women. Carrying a child is an emotional experience under any circumstance. As a surrogate, you may feel an even greater emotional impact. You enter the pregnancy knowing that you will be giving the child to its parents after giving birth, but you may still form an emotional connection to the fetus. You will feel it kick, and it will be a part of you for roughly nine months. Walking away from the baby after that may be more difficult than you thought when you signed your contract.
Surrogates face a risk of developing depression during pregnancy and after giving birth. You may experience grief for the “loss” of the child. Counseling throughout the surrogacy process can help women deal with this web of emotions. An excellent support system, including friends and family who support your decision to act as a surrogate, can make a huge difference in coping.
Contact Us to Learn More About Becoming a Gestational Carrier
After you learn the risks of being a gestational surrogate, if you still want to move forward, contact Western Fertility Institute. We have many prospective parents waiting for a special person to help their dreams come true. By becoming a gestational carrier, you can give them the most amazing gift of all.