What is the difference between surrogacy and natural pregnancy for a surrogate mother?

Is there any difference between Surrogacy and Natural Pregnancy for a surrogate mother?

Many women considering becoming surrogates worry how the experience compares to having their own children, especially in terms of emotions. If you want to use a surrogacy clinic to help others grow their families, these are important factors to consider. 

Gestational surrogates are extraordinary ladies who are driven by a desire to help others who are unable to bear children for a variety of reasons.

We’ve talked a lot about how to choose a surrogate mother and what the experience will be like for future parents. Today, we’ll look at the other side of the coin: the differences that a gestational carrier can expect during a surrogate program vs a personal pregnancy.

Personal and Surrogacy Pregnancies: What’s the Difference?

Those differences are both physical and mental, and they start long before you are pregnant.

Physical and Health Preparation includes

  • One of the requirements for being a surrogate is that the woman has successfully completed at least one pregnancy and birth and is currently caring for the child. The in vitro procedure utilized for surrogacy is one of the most significant variations between a personal and surrogate pregnancy.
  • Gestational carriers are genetically unrelated to the child of the intended parents. A fertility clinic develops embryos that are transferred into the surrogate mother using in vitro fertilization (IVF). Intended parents have the option of using their own genetic material or relying on an egg donor.
  • After becoming pregnant, surrogate mothers experience the same physical symptoms as own pregnancies. Intended parents may prefer to attend the surrogate’s medical exams in person or over video chat in order to form a stronger bond.

Psychological and Mental Experience during surrogacy process. 

As you might guess, becoming a surrogate mother is a very different emotional experience than a woman preparing to give birth to her own kid. Preparing a nursery, thinking about nursing and child care, and choosing a pediatrician are just a few of the concerns and worries that a pregnant lady having her first child can have.

Surrogates, on the other hand, are prepared for the emotional rollercoaster of giving the baby back to the intended parents after delivery. Surrogates are always assisted by ADONIS’ team, who are experienced with gestational carriers’ emotional roller coaster during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

The postpartum phase, sometimes known as the “fourth trimester,” is critical for all mothers. Surrogates are in a unique situation because they are not caring for a child while recovering from their deliveries and surrogacy experiences. We advise surrogates to seek help from others after the delivery, even if they are not caring for a newborn.

What else the surrogate should know?

Yes, it is critical for a surrogate to develop a Support System. 

Your extended family and friends are eager to help you in any way they can when you’re expecting a child of your own. Surrogate mothers should also have the support of their immediate families.

Many surrogates form close relationships with their intended parents and even relatives during the pregnancy. Surrogate mothers and intended parents enjoy their shared bond because of the one-of-a-kind nature of the surrogacy process.

These bonds are frequently maintained long after the delivery. In reality, ten years later, multiple international studies on surrogacy births indicated good attitudes among surrogate parents, surrogate moms, and the children themselves.

You can also see recording of our webinar on that topic:

If you’re considering becoming a surrogate mother but have questions about the process and what to expect physically and emotionally, our team is here to help you make a decision. 

Submitting an application is the first step in the process.

We look forward to hearing from you!