As science continues to evolve and create ever more successful ways of treating infertility, it can be exciting to look into treatments that may be the future of growing families. New ideas are being researched every day. From things as simple as squeezing an embryo to see how resilient it is, to methods looking into how to create a child from skin cells–t’s all being considered. Here’s a look at a few emerging treatments that, while not likely to impact your surrogacy journey today, could be the future of couples living with infertility.
Getting More Eggs
The IVF process starts by stimulating the body to create more quality eggs. Continue reading
One of the tests that you’ll have completed during your journey is a Vitamin D screening. This screening, completed by a simple blood test, is something that you’ll do in your own hometown (or at least close by) prior to being flown to California for your in-person screenings. If your results come back low, you may be asked to add a supplement to your diet.
Vitamin D, more commonly known as the sunshine vitamin, is essential in pregnancy and critical to IVF success. Studies show a link between Continue reading
First of all, understand that all pregnant women will be tested for gestational diabetes during their pregnancy. Even if you’ve had no prior issues with blood sugar levels in your day-to-day life or in previous pregnancies, you will still be tested during this surrogate pregnancy. You’ve likely had this test done before in your own pregnancies, but in case it’s been a while, here’s a refresher on how the process works. Continue reading
According to a Pew Research Study circulated in 2017, about a third of Americans say that they find IVF treatments and surrogacy morally acceptable. Many of those who have ethical issues with IVF treatments claim the foundation of their disapproval lies in religious issues.
According to surveyed religious leaders, the issue arises when Continue reading
Finding and accepting your intended parents (or parent) is such an emotional high in your journey. Putting a name and face to the people you will directly help makes your journey more real. Simply stated, it’s incredibly exciting.
As the days turn into weeks and months, chances are you will begin to develop a relationship with your intended parents. You may even begin to see them as friends. Despite this relationship and potential friendship, sometimes a match needs to be broken. When intended parents request to dissolve a match, it’s common for the surrogate to feel hurt or confused. She often blames herself for having done something wrong, though surrogate fault is rarely the reality of the situation. Here’s a candid look at why, from time to time, an intended parent may request that the match with their surrogate be broken.
In simplest terms, diabetes is heightened insulin resistance. All humans have some level of reaction to insulin, but this resistance changes during pregnancy, and sometimes results in the presence of a form of diabetes that exists only during the pregnancy. The American Diabetes Association admits that the exact cause of gestational diabetes isn’t fully understood, but estimates that as many as Continue reading
You’ve just had your first ultrasound and everything looks great. In fact, it looks perfect. You saw two heartbeats. Twins! You’re pretty excited, and your intended parents are over the moon. But everyone is telling you to calm down, and not get too excited about twins just yet.
The reason behind the caution is simple. The unfortunate reality is that, with the help of IVF, multiples pregnancies are becoming more and more common. This is, in part, because Continue reading
Most women who choose to become surrogates are motivated by altruistic motives and the desire to help someone else grow a family. While they may not realize it at the onset, it is incredibly common to also have some level of expectation that a friendship will develop between the intended parents and the surrogate as the pregnancy progresses.
As the media begins to cover positive surrogacy stories showcasing these deep bonds and lifelong friendships between parents and their surrogate, it is only natural to want this connection for yourself. The first step to attempting this is to Continue reading
All pregnant women will be tested for gestational diabetes during their pregnancy. Even if you’ve had no prior issues with blood sugar levels in your personal pregnancies you will be tested during your surrogate pregnancy. You may be surprised to find that your sugar levels are elevated.
While being a surrogate does not raise the odds of developing gestational diabetes, there are certain elements of a surrogate pregnancy that may contribute to a more significant insulin resistance and, as a result, the development of gestational diabetes.
According to the Mayo clinic, the risk for developing gestational diabetes raises with the following factors: Continue reading
As you’ve likely already gathered, your surrogate pregnancy means a lot of additional attention from doctors. You’ve already had weekly appointments to monitor your uterine lining and blood hormone levels, and now that you’re pregnant, you’re about to have your first of what is likely to be several ultrasound scans.
The first ultrasound is such an exciting day! The pomp and circumstance of this day is part of what makes it special. While a handful of intended parents will Continue reading