Genetic relation between the surrogate mother and the child

  1.  Kelly De Leon

    Hello, could anybody help me understand all about surrogacy? You see, my husband and I need a surrogate because I’ve the Asherman’s syndrome. We’re going to use my eggs and my husband’s sperm, but I wonder if the surrogate will also transmit her genetic code to our baby. I hope you are able to help us.

    April 24, 2016 at 10:38 pm
  2. Sandra F. Sandra F.
    Fertility counselor

    Dear Kelly,

    If you are using your eggs along with your husband’s sperm, then the baby will be genetically tied with you, not with the surrogate. You’d be the genetic parents, which means the baby would have your physical features. In such case, surrogates do not deliver any genetic material, but just her uterus to carry the baby to term, but no genetic material from her is used for the creation of the embryo.

    Best regards

    April 25, 2016 at 4:59 pm
    • Hello Sandra, even though the eggs and the sperms are ours (mine and my husband’s), could the surrogate pass a severe genetic disorder to our baby during pregnancy? What I’m trying to say is if the surrogate suffers from a certain severe genetic disorder… could that damage our baby???

      April 25, 2016 at 10:09 am
    • Sandra F. Sandra F.
      Fertility counselor

      Dear Elizza,

      If the reproductive cells (gametes) used are yours, the embryos’ genetic load is not related to that of the surrogate, so in case she suffers from any genetic disorder, it won’t be inherited by your baby.

      In this sense, two crucial aspects should be taken into account. On the one hand, it should be clear that surrogates are strictly medically and psychologically screened; therefore, when a candidate suffers from a genetic disorder, she won’t be accepted into the surrogacy program.

      On the other hand, it is true to some extent that there are certain genetic or hereditary disorder, or certain habits that could have a negative impact on the fetus and its healthy development. Some examples are certain toxic habits such as tobacco or alcohol consumption, taking certain medications that could damage the baby, etc. Besides, she must be especially careful in relation to the transmission of certain illnesses such as chickenpox when transmitted for the very first time without previous vaccination.

      Anyway, surrogates are generally fully medically screening throughout pregnancy in order to prevent these types of diseases. Moreover, they are committed to lead a healthy lifestyle, adapted to pregnancy.

      I hope I have been able to help,

      Best wishes

      April 26, 2016 at 3:35 pm
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