For women interested in becoming a surrogate or for those who have already experienced the joy of surrogacy, a question we hear often is how many times can they become a surrogate mother. Before choosing to become a surrogate, it is important to understand the surrogate requirements but in today’s blog we will dive into this specific question.
Is there a limit on how many times I can become a surrogate?
Choosing to become a surrogate mother is one of the most beautiful gifts you can give to someone. You are choosing to give the gift of starting a family to the intended parent(s) who likely are not able to achieve on their own. With that, it comes as no surprise that a large number of surrogate mothers wonder if they can be a surrogate more than once?
The short answer is yes, you can be a surrogate mother more than once. The more detailed answer depends on a lot of factors but mainly on your total number of pregnancies. It is recommended that, in order to become a surrogate, you do not exceed having more than 6 pregnancies in total. That means if you have had 2 pregnancies before becoming a surrogate, and should you meet the other surrogacy requirements, you could technically be a surrogate mother 4 more times.
Who dictates this limit?
No one can control how many times you can get pregnant and it is true that some women are more than capable of having over 6 pregnancies though, when it comes to surrogacy, a majority of the surrogacy agencies and fertility clinics follow the American Society of Reproductive Medicine guidelines. These guidelines focus on the safety and health of the surrogate mother and the baby she is carrying and recommend having no more than 6 total pregnancies if you are to be a surrogate mother.
What other requirements should I be aware of?
In addition to not having more than 6 total pregnancies, there are a number of other requirements to become a surrogate mother, such as:
- Being between the ages of 21 – 38
- Residing in a surrogate-friendly state (such as Florida)
- Having had experience at least 1 full-term pregnancy and delivery
- Not having more than 2 previous c-section pregnancies
- Being in good health, both physically and mentally
You can learn more about the surrogate mother requirements in Florida here.
Understanding the surrogate mother requirements helps potential surrogate mothers understand if surrogacy is right for them. At Creative Love Egg Donor & Surrogacy Agency we strive to assist those interested in surrogacy by providing educational content such as this blog. If you have a specific question about becoming a surrogate mother, we welcome you to contact us today!