Gestational surrogacy comes with a hefty price tag—averaging around $100,000—but more than 30,000 babies have been born via surrogate over the last 35 years.

Although the majority of surrogates have no genetic relationship to the child’s parents, sometimes an expectant mother’s sister (or even mother) carries her child to term. That was the case recently with a 51-year-old North Dakota woman, who brought her own granddaughter into the world. “I decided that if they needed somebody to carry their child, I would volunteer,” said grandmother Sherri Dickson in an interview with ABC News.

But while going through the pregnancy, Dickson experienced a benefit beyond just completing her daughter’s family: the continued remission of her multiple sclerosis (MS).

Even though carrying a child can be hard on the bodies of women with MS, scientists think pregnancy has protective effects on the immune system. Have you ever experienced any marked health benefits during pregnancy?



ABC News Radio: Acting as Surrogate, North Dakota Woman Gives Birth to Her Granddaughter