Surrogacy, Pregnancy, and Postpartum Recovery

Published on Saturday January 22nd, 2022 by WCS

Gestational surrogacy is an incredibly rewarding way to support couples and individuals struggling with infertility. If you are considering this path, you’re probably wondering how exactly gestational surrogacy works, before, during, and after pregnancy.

To answer any questions and concerns you may have, we’ll walk you through the surrogate process and help you prepare for this remarkable journey.

Embryo Transfer

In gestational surrogacy, there is no genetic relationship between the surrogate and the fetus, meaning the embryo is first created through in-vitro fertilization (IVF), using the sperm and egg of either the intended parents or third-party donors. When the embryos are ready to be transferred, they are then inserted into the surrogate’s uterus. The procedure is quick and easy, taking approximately 15 minutes and requiring no need for anesthesia. You will be monitored for up to an hour post-transfer, and could possibly require bed rest or modified activity to aid successful implantation.

Pregnancy & Delivery

Once you are confirmed to be pregnant, you will continue to visit the IVF physician for blood tests and vaginal ultrasounds. At approximately 10 -11 weeks of pregnancy, you will visit your OB/GYN for regular check-ups. Throughout this time, you will communicate regularly with your intended parents, either online, on the phone, or in person. The particular arrangement you have will be agreed upon by all parties during the matching process. This is an exciting time for both you and your intended parents, as you both get to celebrate all the big and little milestones of pregnancy.

Aside from the fact that the child you carry is not your own, your pregnancy and delivery will be medically similar to your own pregnancy and delivery experience. Typically, the intended parents are present for the delivery and this moment is a highlight in the surrogacy process.

Postpartum Recovery

After pregnancy and childbirth, your body will be going through both physical and hormonal changes as it returns to its pre-pregnancy state. Symptoms of these changes may include:

  • Abdominal pain (caused by the shrinking of the uterus)
  • Constipation
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Perineum soreness
  • Vaginal bleeding and discharge
  • Fatigue

Pregnancy and childbirth are incredibly demanding of the body, so make sure to stay attentive to these changes and give yourself the time and opportunity to heal. You’ve just done something amazing and now it’s time for you to relax and reflect on the experience.

With fluctuations in hormones, the postpartum period can sometimes be emotionally challenging for some women and being a surrogate can often add to these complex feelings. It’s completely natural and common to experience a tidal shift of emotions in the days and weeks following a surrogate pregnancy. If you feel that you need a little extra help during this time, do not hesitate to reach out for counseling or other resources. If you need help finding the right resource, your surrogacy agency can help you.

Learn More

Helping someone achieve their dreams of having a family is an incredibly selfless and generous act. If you are interested in becoming a gestational surrogate in California and want to learn more, contact West Coast Surrogacy today.