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What Are Some Risks of Being a Gestational Surrogate?

Posted: 09/30/21

Those considering a surrogacy journey have a few things to consider. Although the journey has many rewards, it also comes with a few potential risks. Understanding the risks involved can help one be prepared if they do appear. The Surrogates Agency, Intended Parents and Surrogate should all have a plan on how to handle situations, should they arise. The following areas should be considered before starting the process: 

Physical risks

A Surrogate can expect to have the same risks associated with traditional pregnancies.  The most common risks include morning sickness, weight gain, and muscle strain as the body adapts to pregnancy. There are a few exclusive conditions that could arise for the Surrogate which include possible infection or bleeding during implantation or insemination.  You should also note that just because you have had one or more uncomplicated pregnancies or births does not mean the same will be true in the future.  The following can play a role in health complications during the surrogate journey: hypoxemia, peripartum cardiomyopathy, eclampsia, placenta previa, placenta abruption, hormonal imbalances, and gestational diabetes. 

Psychological risks

The biggest psychological risk during surrogacy is an emotional attachment of the Surrogate to the unborn child. It is very easy for a surrogate to develop emotional ties and/or form a bond that will be painful to overcome once baby is born. The fact that the baby has no genetic ties to the Surrogate does not play a role in this bond. For this reason, it’s common for agencies to screen surrogates and some may even require counseling throughout the process.  

Family risks

Choosing to become a Surrogate should be a family decision as it can affect her whole family. Often, her husband/partner, parents, children and others in her family may feel an attachment to the baby. It can be very confusing for children and also difficult for adults to separate their feelings with the knowledge that the baby will not be with them after birth.   

Employment risks

The last risk that needs to be considered is the risk of losing employment. If a Surrogate experiences specific medical conditions requiring surgery and/or bed rest, this could cause tension with her employer. This, of course, could be a hardship on the Surrogate if she needs the job for living expenses. 

All surrogacy journeys are unique. A good agency will discuss the risks involved with both the Surrogate and the Intended Parents. Your surrogacy agency should also discuss any fears you may have Contact Surrogate Solutions to discuss potential risks and/or ways to manage them. We are happy to help. 

 

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