If you're researching the steps needed to become a surrogate, you will discover that there are a lot of different requirements.
The requirements are put into place in order to protect Surrogates and Intended Parents from the potentially dangerous risks associated with pregnancy.
That is why BMI is so important. It can actually determine if a woman is more at risk to suffer complications during pregnancy. Safety is of utmost concern during the surrogacy process, so surrogacy professionals set strict requirements for BMI because of this.
Different fertility and IVF clinics set their own guidelines and standards for surrogates, and this includes BMI. They will also evaluate a surrogate's overall health and medical history before determining if you are healthy and are able to carry a healthy pregnancy to term.
Every potential surrogate must be between a healthy BMI range.
Most fertility doctors believe that having a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 17.5-29 increases the likelihood of a confirmed pregnancy and is the key to maintaining a healthy pregnancy.
Since women who are medically obese may have difficulties becoming pregnant, have high blood pressure or preeclampsia, are more susceptible to blood clotting, have difficulties during labor and birth, or experience a miscarriage or stillbirth.
With safety in mind, surrogacy professionals must adhere to their strict standards in order to ensure a smooth and healthy journey for all those involved in the surrogacy process.
If you still are interested in becoming a surrogate and you have a slightly higher BMI than required, there is a possibility that during your medical screening, the fertility clinic may still approve you for the process if you stay committed to maintaining a healthy weight.
If you are interested in becoming a surrogate please visit our application link here.