Becoming a surrogate is no easy task and there are certain conditions that should be met for you to be suitable. If you believe you have what it takes to become a surrogate and want to help another family to have their own child, here are five things you should know.
You Need to Be Fit and Healthy
There are plenty of conditions an ideal surrogate needs to meet. If you are going to be carrying someone else’s child, you want to know that you are in the best condition to do so and have no health needs that could affect the pregnancy, and both yours and the baby’s health. Most surrogates are between the ages of 21-35 with a healthy BMI. Excess weight can affect fertility and therefore this is a must.
As well as being physically ready for a surrogacy, you also must be mentally prepared and be of sound mind. This is a big decision and one that cannot be taken back; you must be fully aware of your mental wellbeing and ensure surrogacy wouldn’t be a negative experience for you. You can’t smoke and you are unable to get a tattoo or piercing 12 months before or during the pregnancy.
You Must Have Your Own Children
Having your own children is a must. Not only can potential parents see that you are a parent and can look after your own children, they will have an idea of how you are in pregnancy. You may only be a surrogate if you’ve successfully had your own children and delivery was safe and simple. This limits the chance of anything going untoward during your surrogacy.
You Should Have a Great Support System
Pregnancy is no easy job and it can be an ever harder task for those who are carrying someone else’s baby. You may have times where you want to cry, laugh or wonder if you’ve made the right choice. Pregnancy affects the hormones and your emotions in many ways: this is completely normal. Having a great support network can help you to express these feelings and talk through problems. Don’t forget, you are doing a great thing for another family and they will likely be on hand to support you too.
You Can Work with an Agency
If you have been wondering about offering yourself as a surrogate to others, working through a surrogacy agency is your safest and most supported option. These agencies can help intended parents to find you, they can determine if you are right to be a surrogate, and can support you through every stage of the pregnancy.
You Are Doing a Great Thing
Being a surrogate is a selfless act that can provide another family with hope and happiness. Whilst some days may be harder than others, the joy you will feel when your pregnancy is over and you have brought a life into the world for another mother who was unable to, is priceless.
If you want to help people, enjoy pregnancy and the life it brings, are healthy, and mentally prepared, you will make a great surrogate. Contact an agency to get started on your journey into surrogacy today.