Surrogate Pregnancy vs. Traditional Pregnancy

What’s the difference between surrogacy pregnancy and traditional pregnancy?

They’re actually very similar. A surrogate pregnancy is a pregnancy like any other, where the end result is bringing life into the world. Both are filled with the excitement of kicks in your belly, and some of the less exciting things too (we’re talking to you, morning sickness). As in a traditional pregnancy, a surrogate receives the support of family and friends. But in addition, she gets to help build someone’s family and receive the constant support of her intended parents throughout the process.

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The history of surrogacy  goes back to biblical times, but with the advancement of technology and advances in reproductive medicine, the vast majority of today’s surrogacy arrangements involve gestational surrogacy. This is an arrangement that involves the transfer of an embryo created through in vitro fertilization using an egg from a donor or an intended mother and sperm from an intended father or a sperm donor. The resulting embryo(s) are then transferred into a surrogate in order to achieve pregnancy.

Becoming a surrogate is a unique process from applying, screening, matching, to completing IVF. But the medical experience of pregnancy is like any other. There are doctor visits and special attention to health, only this time the surrogate and the intended parents will use this time to build their relationship.

The level of contact depends on what both the surrogate and intended parents are comfortable with. With our intended parents living both in the United States and abroad, this could include emails, phone calls, Skyping, or an occasional visit. The intended parent(s) plan to be there for the delivery as well, ensuring constant support every step of the way. More information about working with intended parents can be found on our surrogates FAQs page.

So while a surrogacy pregnancy will be not much different than a traditional pregnancy, a surrogate will have multiple support teams there for her. She’ll have her own support team (her significant other, friends, and/or family), as well as the intended parent(s), and our team here at Circle (consisting of program coordinators and social workers). Our agency takes many steps to ensure a comfortable surrogacy journey for both intended parents and surrogate.

A surrogacy pregnancy is a journey and a rewarding experience where a woman can give an incredible gift to those wanting a child. It’s a pregnancy with a large support group, and a chance to help someone create the family they’ve always wanted.

Learn more about becoming a gestational surrogate

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