Choosing a surrogate can be daunting if you don’t know what to look for in a potential candidate. Before you settle on any candidate, you should have clear guidelines and needs. Newport Beach gestational surrogacy involves the implantation of a fertilized egg from the parents, and into the surrogate’s womb. The fertilized egg can also come from donors of both egg and sperm. Your provider at OC Fertility can help you choose a candidate, whether from an agency or an individual from your circle of loved ones.
Who can seek surrogacy?
If a couple is unable to carry a child to term but wants a child of their own, they can seek gestational surrogacy. Surrogacy is a good alternative for cases like:
- History of recurrent miscarriages due to uterine issues
- The prospective parent does not have a uterus
- The mother chooses not to carry a pregnancy
- The mother has a medical condition that could worsen with pregnancy and delivery
Factors you should consider before you choose a surrogate
When you are ready to choose a surrogate, allow your doctor to help you with the selection process. Your provider can look for red flags that rule out a candidate you thought had potential. Although the final decision lies with you, your doctor will point out the pros and cons of each candidate.
Age of the surrogate
Your surrogate should be at the prime of their childbearing age. You don’t want a surrogate that is too young or too old to avoid pregnancy complications. A good age for a gestational surrogate can be 21 to 37 years. Look for someone who understands the responsibility of being a surrogate.
You need to understand the health history of your surrogate to avoid complications down the road. Ask about underlying conditions or if they are taking any regular medications.
A gestational surrogate can either be single, married, or divorced. Try to understand their support system. If married, the partner will be the support system. If she is single or divorced, friends or family will be the ones to offer support.
BMI and lifestyle
The lifestyle of your surrogate will affect their BMI. If the BMI is too high or too low, they can risk complications during and after delivery. Too high or low BMI can lead to complications such as premature delivery and post-birth complications. Choose a surrogate with a normal BMI and who exercises moderately.
Pregnancy and delivery history
Successful previous pregnancies indicate the ability to carry a child to term. That should be a reason to look further into a potential surrogate. What are their past experiences with previous pregnancies? Ask whether they have any allergies that might worsen during pregnancy.
Since you are looking for someone to carry your child, don’t shy away from asking difficult or uncomfortable questions. Ensure you are comfortable with your surrogate before starting the process. You can visit OC Fertility for specialized guidelines and directives on gestational surrogacy. Call or book an appointment online today.