Women who choose to become surrogates often wait until they are finished having their own babies before choosing to become a surrogate. This often means that surrogates begin their journey in the later years of child-bearing age. Most medical standards consider pregnancy in woman after the age of 35 to be an “older pregnancy.” Despite that opinion, many women in their 30s and 40s give birth to happy, healthy babies. Older pregnancies are not unusual, but come with special precautions. Women 35 and older should be mindful of these when considering a surrogacy journey.
There are a few things that older surrogates should keep in mind. They HAVE to be open and honest with the intended parents, surrogacy agency, and physician to ensure the safety of both themselves and baby alike. Chances for experiencing pregnancy complications increase as women get older. Older surrogates can expect a few extra precautions during their prenatal care, some include:
- Special prenatal treatments. Prenatal care is increased in women over 35. The additional care is to monitor and check for the possibility of pregnancy complications. Extra prenatal test between the 16th and 18th week of pregnancy to check for any abnormalities are common for women over 35.
- Increased number of ultrasounds. Older surrogates can expect to have more frequent office visits and check-ups, especially towards the end of the pregnancy. Extra ultrasounds are often recommended to track progress and potential complications.
- Stronger emphasis on healthy habits. Healthy habits are important for all pregnant women and highly emphasized for women over 35. These include a good diet and consistent exercise. Many are encouraged to take extra vitamins to help aid any gaps in nutrition.
Choosing to become a surrogate is not uncommon for those age 35 and older. Giving birth later in life is becoming more common, and medical professionals are becoming better equipped in monitoring and supporting these pregnancies. If you are over the age of 35 and are looking for additional resources on becoming a surrogate, please contact us at Surrogate Solutions today! We can help answer your questions and address your concerns.
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