Surrogate Mother Risks & Complications

Prior to beginning a surrogacy cycle, it is highly recommended that surrogates thoroughly discuss all potential risks and side effects with their fertility physician. There are several risks and side effects that may be associated with being a surrogate.

  • Blood Drawing - mild discomfort and some risk of developing a bruise at the needle site.

  • Reaction to Fertility Medication - hot flushes, feeling down or irritable, headaches and restlessness.

  • Risks Associated with Pregnancy - including but not limited to exhaustion, nausea, indigestion, constipation, weight gain, bloating, backaches, difficulty sleeping, breast pain, higher blood pressure, hormonal mood changes, stretch marks, loose skin, abdominal and vaginal muscle weakness, varicose veins, pre-eclampsia, placenta previa, gestational diabetes, anemia, embolism, cardiopulmonary arrest, placental abruption, molar pregnancy, future infertility, permanent disability, and death.

  • Ultrasound Examinations - no known risks, minimal discomfort.

  • Psychological Distress - sometimes associated with assisted reproductive technology procedures.

  • Carrying Multiples - multiple births carry risks to the health of the mother and the unborn babies.

  • Post-Partum Depression after Delivery - sadness and depression after delivering the child/children.