Hello! I’m Liz. I’m a twenty-something mother to one precious, brilliant, hilarious hazel-eyed, nine year old daughter. My partner is my rock and was the missing piece in our lives for a long time. I am truly blessed to have both of them in my life.
I come from a big, mostly southern, family. Growing up every holiday or special occasion, no matter how small, was celebrated together as a family. I can’t imagine not having family in my life. I hope to be able to help a couple (or individual) start or grow their own family through surrogacy.
I created this blog for two main reasons: 1. To help me record my journey in a more detailed and easy to access format. 2. To help me connect with other people who are considering or going/gone through surrogacy.
Welcome to my journey into surrogacy. If you’re reading this then I’d love to get to know you more also. Leave me a comment introducing yourself and telling me more about you! Be sure to follow my blog to easily keep up with my posts.
What is a gestational surrogate (GS) (also referred to as a gestational carrier)?
A gestational surrogate is a woman who goes through an IVF-ET (In Vitro Fertilization – Embryo Transfer) procedure to become pregnant with a surrogate pregnancy. This is a medical procedure where embryos are created in a lab from the sperm and eggs of either the intended parents or donors. The complete embryos are then implanted into the uterus of the GS and she carries the baby for the IP(s) (intended parent(s)).
A gestational surrogate has absolutely no biological link to the child or children she carries. She is acting solely as the “oven” for IPs’ “bun”.
Upon birth, the baby is immediately given to his or her parents since he or she is their legal (and often biological) child.
Frequently Used Abbreviations:
There are a ton of abbreviations and slang words in the surrogacy world. I know from experience it can get confusing! The list below is some of the more common ones you may find on my blog. Any time I use one for the first time, I try to remember to put it’s meaning in brackets beside it. 🙂
• 12dp3dt : 12 days past 3 day transfer. You change the numbers to reflect where you are after transfer.
• 2WW: Two week wait. The usual period after the transfer that you have to wait for Beta test.
• BCP: Birth Control Pill
• Beta: hCG level blood test
• BFP/BFN : Big Fat Positive/Negative
• ED: Egg Donor
• EDD: Estimated Due Date
• ER/ET: Embryo Retrieval/Transfer
• GC/GS: Gestational carrier/ gestational surrogate. These are often used interchangeably as they mean the same thing.
• hCG: Human Chorionic Gonadfotropin
• HPT: Home Pregnancy Test
• IF: Intended father
• IM: Intended mother
• IP(s): Intended parent(s). The person or persons you’re carrying the baby for.
• IVF: In-vitro fertilization. Process by which an egg is fertilized by sperm outside the body.
• LMP: Last Menstrual Period
• PIO: Progesterone in Oil. An injectable medicine that helps with pregnancy.
• POAS: Pee on a stick – home pregnancy test
• PUPO: Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise
• TTC: Trying To Conceive