Your Health History Impacts Your Surrogacy Application
As a surrogate, your health comes first and foremost with Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado. As wonderful as it is to want to become a surrogate for a family, know that your health can be impacted by your pregnancy, which can impact the health of the baby as well. There are a number of health-related aspects that may hinder your viability as a surrogate, either medically or in the eyes of some IVF centers that may be involved in your pregnancy. One of the things that may impact whether or not you would be a viable surrogate is age. It is recommended that you are between the ages of 21 and 39 to ensure things run as smoothly as possible.
Surrogacy Age Restrictions
The recommended ages for surrogacy are 39 and under due to be before the onset of menopause, which can make getting pregnant harder, whereas 21 and over is recommended in order to be sure you are emotionally ready to voluntarily become a surrogate mother. Colorado surrogacy is a beautiful sacrifice that takes a lot of emotional, mental, and physical strength. Many IVF centers and agencies prefer you to have carried at least one child to term previously so you know what to expect and how your body will most likely react to the pregnancy. There is also an emotional aspect where it is thought it may be easier to separate from the child you are carrying if you already have a child of your own at home. However, this is completely up to you, and no matter what, you will have the support of your Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado team, including trained counselors and mental health professionals.
IVF Center Regulations for Surrogacy
You should also know that many IVF centers tend to prefer surrogates not to get pregnant again after a maximum number of pregnancies, depending on the center’s preferences, rules, and surrogacy requirements. This helps the centers to not remain liable due to complications from too many pregnancies and strain on the bodies of surrogates. Similarly, some IVF centers may deem you ineligible due to certain surgeries you may have received in the past, such as bariatric or weight loss surgery. You may not be a viable candidate if you have a history of Preeclampsia, Sickle Cell Anemia, or are prone to miscarriages due to the increased risk of miscarrying throughout your pregnancy. A history of preterm deliveries can impact your pregnancy’s delivery as well, so be sure to stay in touch with your doctor in regards to the best steps to take for a safe and healthy pregnancy.
Preparing for Embryo Implantation
In terms of getting pregnant, if you have a history of Endometriosis or Adenomyosis, fertility and embryo implantation can be difficult. You should also remove any birth control devices, such as Essure metal implant birth control devices, before beginning the process of getting pregnant.
Surrogacy and Substance Use
In terms of substance use, there should be no substance use during your pregnancy or in the preparation leading up to embryo implantation, as substance use, such as drugs and alcohol, can affect the baby’s development and growth. The same can be said about smoking of any kind, including marijuana and cigarettes. While we understand the need for antidepressants, be sure to be in good shape mentally in order to be off of your antidepressants 6 to 12 months before beginning the medical surrogacy process until the end of your pregnancy to be safe and protect the fetus. If you are struggling and in need of psychiatric aid, please speak up, and we can help you. You do not have to suffer in silence. Mental health is just as important as physical health for everyone, but especially when considering surrogacy. Please keep this in mind and talk with your doctor about any of these topics if you feel they pertain to you, especially if you are prone to or have a history of Postpartum Depression.
You should know a few diseases that may disqualify you for surrogacy, such as HIV because there is a risk it could be passed on to the baby. While you can carry a child if you have Herpes or HPV, you prefer not because of the risk of passing it on to the child. If there is an outbreak prior to delivery, c sections are recommended in order to prevent the danger of transmission and protect all involved in the delivery.
Surrogate Medical History
Of course, all of these things can be discussed with your doctor. These medical issues and items that may be part of your medical history are dependent upon each situation and your doctor’s supervision and advice. Always consult your doctor before making any big decisions regarding your surrogacy and any pregnancies. For instance, any history of Diabetes can put you at risk for complications due to difficulty controlling blood sugar levels, so keep your doctor informed about this while going over your medical history. Weight and BMI can impact your pregnancy and surrogacy so discuss if there may be any medical issues involved with this as well.
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado knows this can be a lot to absorb and take in, but we want you to know you have us in your corner. You are not alone, and if you decide to become a surrogate mother, we will support you from day one until years after your delivery. You are joining our family, and we are ready to give you all the information necessary to help in all your decisions. Call today if you are ready to join our family or just want to chat about it.
If you are interested in learning more about your gestational surrogacy options, contact Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Text us: 720-371-1099, Call us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.
Meet the author: Carly is a recent graduate of Connecticut College with a dual degree in Psychology and Italian Studies. Graduating Cum Laude with honors in both Psychology and Italian departments, Carly has a background in gender-related research through the Connecticut College Psychology Department and Honors Theses Program. When not trying to figure out life or working, Carly is reading historical fiction novels or playing with her black cat, Isabelle.