Becoming a surrogate is an emotionally rewarding process. You’ll provide a priceless addition to a loving family who struggles with fertility. If you’ve decided to become a surrogate, you likely have several questions about the process. The guide below discusses what you should expect during the experience.
What to Expect During the Surrogacy Process
Prior to beginning the process, you will undergo a thorough medical evaluation. There will be a legal agreement drawn up between you and the intended parents. Once you and a couple have decided you want to work together, you will begin the process of preparing your body for an embryo transfer. This process includes taking hormones such as estradiol and progesterone to thicken the lining of the uterus so your body can be ready to be pregnant.
Depending on if the embryos from the intended parents will be created fresh or are already frozen, you may take take hormone injections beforehand to sync your menstrual cycle with the biological mother, which will help the embryos successfully implant. Once you’re synced, you will begin taking progesterone to prepare your uterine lining for pregnancy while the sperm and eggs are cultured. The embryos are transferred to you at once, and two weeks later, you can take a pregnancy test to see whether it was successful. It may take more than one attempt for a successful implantation.
Nutrition During Pregnancy
For healthy fetal development, it’s crucial to take as many nutrients as possible to ensure proper growth. Eat a variety of healthy foods including fruits, vegetables, dairy, and whole grains. Choose foods low in sugar and drink water or milk instead of sugary beverages. Stay hydrated by drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.
Additionally, it’s crucial to schedule the right amount of checkups during your pregnancy. You should schedule your initial prenatal visit between weeks eight and 12 during your first trimester, and later establish a schedule with your physician for the remaining visits. They’ll ensure the baby is growing healthily.
After the Delivery
If this is your first time having a baby, your doctor will administer pain relief medication moments before the baby is ready to be delivered. The baby’s parents will either be in the delivery room or in the waiting room, depending on your preference.
Once the doctor delivers the baby, they’ll check the infant’s vitals to ensure they’re healthy. The nurse will either bathe them or clean them with a wet cloth, and the parents can choose to hold the baby for skin-to-skin contact and bonding. It’s your choice if you want to hold the baby or simply request to rest.
If you’re interested in becoming a surrogate, the team at Diamond Institute for Infertility & Menopause in Millburn, NJ, will help you explore this rewarding option further. Dr. Matan Yemini and Dr. Ndidimaka Onwubalili have over 40 years of experience providing infertility solutions, such as IVF treatments and surrogacy selections. Learn more on their website and call (973) 761-5600 to schedule a consultation.