What Types of Medications Does a Surrogate Take During the Pregnancy?

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As with any pregnancy, it is of utmost importance to stay healthy with the help of prenatal medications. Where surrogacy is concerned, there are several special medications exclusive to the needs of the surrogate and intended mother.

We know that it is important to surrogates to know what medications they may encounter, but we also know that it can be confusing. To help surrogates from becoming overwhelmed, we’ve broken down the facts for several of the medications that are commonly used for the time leading up to, and throughout the duration of your pregnancy. You should discuss all of these medications in-depth with your physician or pharmacist, as they can provide detailed facts as they would pertain to you.

  • Doxycycline.  This is a pre-cycle antibiotic for the father and mother to take that treats any possible low-grade pelvic and/or prostatic infection.
  • Lupron (leuprolide acetate).  This medication prevents the usual hormone exchange that causes follicle production and ovulation by suppressing the pituitary stimulation in the ovaries. Lupron is dispensed via injection subcutaneously about half an inch under the skin. Possible side effects include occasional headaches, fatigue and hot flashes.
  • Aspirin. 81-83mg of low-dosage aspirin assists with cycle stimulation and impending embryonic implantation. Administration will continue through the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Vivelle patches. Vivelle patches dispense the hormone estrogen which helps maintain an early pregnancy. The patch is applied to the skin on the abdomen and the estrogen is absorbed through the skin. Possible side effects include skin redness, irritation or rash, nausea, and fluid retention.
  • Progesterone/ Prometrium/ Endometrin. This is the hormone necessary for the preparation of the uterine lining for the implantation of the embryo and maintaining an early pregnancy. Progesterone is given either in the form of injection into the muscle, a vaginal suppository or a pill.
  • Tetracycline. This is a broad-spectrum antibiotic in the form of an oral tablet. The surrogate should begin taking tetracycline a few days prior to transfer to help prevent infection from occurring. Possible side effects include minor gastrointestinal upset and sensitivity to the sun.
  • Medrol. This is a low-dose steroid pill to be taken orally to suppress the autoimmune system from interfering with embryo implantation. There are no possible side effects to medrol.

Here at Surrogate Solutions, we understand every individual is unique and so are their bodies. Discuss with your doctor, as every surrogate and couple have unique health needs and treatment regimens. If you have further questions about surrogacy, or would like more information about Surrogate Solutions, please contact us today!

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