If you have chosen to become a surrogate mother, you are about to experience one of the most fulfilling and exciting journeys of your life as you help intended parents realize their dream of building a family. In order to ensure that you are able to have an overall positive surrogacy journey, there are several health tips you should be aware of too so that you are in the best position to help intended parents by carrying and delivering their child.
Elevate Baby is a surrogacy agency offering surrogate mothers support throughout each step of their journeys. Once you are matched with intended parents through our agency, we will provide you with the resources to be your healthiest self as you prepare to help welcome their child into the world.
How to Ensure You Are Healthy Throughout Your Surrogacy Journey
As a surrogate, your job is to provide the child you will carry with the best possible start to life by ensuring you are healthy enough to carry the baby to term. Surrogacy provides intended parents with the priceless gift of hope as you help them build the family they have dreamed of. In order to ensure that you are healthy enough to carry their future child, here are several health tips to consider:
Nutrition Is Key
While it is always important to eat well-balanced, nutritious, meals, it is especially important to eat a variety of healthy foods during your pregnancy. Surrogate mothers can do this by incorporating plenty of protein, fresh fruits, and vegetables into their everyday meals. You should avoid undercooked eggs, meat, unpasteurized dairy products, and certain fish that may contain high levels of mercury while pregnant.
The leading cause of premature labor is dehydration. That is why it is extremely important during pregnancy to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Additionally, water helps transfer important vitamins and minerals to the baby.
Take Prenatal Vitamins
Before the embryo transfer and throughout your surrogate pregnancy, you will be taking prenatal vitamins. These vitamins ensure that you and the baby are receiving essential nutrients that promote healthy growth and development.
Get Enough Rest
During pregnancy, surrogate mothers should get at least eight hours of sleep a night. After the first trimester, surrogates will likely need to also reevaluate their sleeping position. You may need to start sleeping on your side, as sleeping on your back can cut off blood supply to the baby and make you feel lightheaded.
Reduce Stress In Your Daily Life
Because the hormonal changes that come with pregnancy can lead to mood swings and emotional challenges, it is important that you work to reduce any stress that may affect you.
Remain as Active as Possible
Whether you try yoga, swimming, walking, or a prenatal exercise class, incorporating up to 30 minutes of low-impact physical activity into your daily routine can help reduce your pregnancy symptoms, boost your mood, and even make labor and delivery smoother.
Increase Your Prenatal Care
You will be monitored closely by fertility specialists and an OBGYN to ensure you and the baby are healthy throughout the surrogacy pregnancy journey. You should have more frequent checkups and appointments than you would with a personal pregnancy. It is crucial you keep all of your prenatal appointments, keep your doctor informed throughout your pregnancy, and voice any questions or concerns you have as they arise throughout the journey.
Before you can begin your surrogacy journey, you will need to be matched with intended parents. To take the first step towards becoming a surrogate mother, contact our surrogacy agents at Elevate Baby today. With our careful matching process, we ensure you are paired with a family that meets your preferences and expectations.
Begin Your Surrogacy Journey With Elevate Baby Today
At Elevate Baby, our surrogacy agents have years of experience helping potential surrogates understand every aspect of surrogacy and what they should expect throughout the journey. We are passionate about ensuring that the surrogates we work with have joyful and fulfilling journeys from start to finish. We will go above and beyond to make sure you get the care you need.