At 58 years old, would you feel comfortable accepting the role of being a surrogate? Well, in Provo, Utah, that’s the age at which a woman has become a surrogate mother for her daughter and son-in-law. It’s the latest story in a shift toward women becoming surrogates at older ages, and it’s causing many women to consider how old may be too old for surrogate motherhood.
The decision to become a surrogate at an older age works well in some situations, but not every woman can or would want to become pregnant at 40, or 50, or 60. If you’re thinking of becoming a surrogate, but are concerned about your age, review the following age factors to determine if surrogacy is right for you.
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Reviewing the Average Surrogate Age
When considering how old may be too old for surrogate motherhood, it’s important to first review the typical age of surrogate mothers. On average, surrogate mothers are between the ages of 21 and 37 years old.
Often, surrogate mothers are required to be at least 21 years old to ensure they are ready to deal with the intricacies of surrogate parenting. Also, women younger than 21 may not yet have their own children, which is typically a requirement for surrogacy. The upper end of that age range may not be the cut off put in place by agencies but, instead, the personal age limit at which many women are no longer confident in pursuing a healthy surrogate pregnancy and childbirth.
Considering Possible Complications of Surrogacy at an Older Age
When thinking of becoming a surrogate at an older age, you must consider the possible complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Although many older women have successful pregnancies and childbirths, problems can occur and you must be prepared to handle them.
Certain chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes and preeclampsia arise more commonly among women who become pregnant at an older age. However, staying fit and active can help offset potential problems. Also, if you decide to become a surrogate, going to every prenatal appointment will be very important to help catch and monitor potential problems in their early stages.
Assessing Your Circumstances
More than anything, your situation and health factors will impact whether you can become a surrogate at an older age. Every woman is different and every situation is different. Before you look into the possibility of becoming a surrogate, schedule an appointment with your OB/GYN.
At the appointment, tell your doctor about your intentions to become a surrogate and voice any concerns you may have regarding the decision. Listen intently to your doctor’s advice and thoroughly review all results of your physical exam. These conclusions should offer a firm plan of action as to whether or not you should become a surrogate.
Thinking of becoming a surrogate? Scheduling an appointment with your doctor is an important first step.
Remember, no two surrogate motherhoods are the same. The age at which some women feel comfortable becoming pregnant will likely not be the same for you. At Family Formation, we’ve helped women in many age groups become surrogates and we’re here to help you as well. Contact us today to learn more about our services.