Staying healthy during surrogacy is important for both mothers and babies. Here are 5 tips for surrogates to keep the pregnancy as smooth as possible.
1. Follow Doctor’s Orders
Surrogate mothers typically see their obstetricians more often than the average pregnant woman. When complex procedures like in-vitro fertilization are used, it becomes necessary for the surrogate mother to be monitored more frequently, particularly if the IVF results in multiple pregnancies.
Ensure that you’re working with an obstetrician who has experience delivering surrogate babies. Your doctor’s orders for this pregnancy may be different from your previous pregnancy(s), and it’s important that you adhere to recommendations as closely as you can for both your health and safety and that of the baby’s. Plus, although rare today, there are some OBs who are not in favor of surrogacy and make it more difficult for the couple to have access to the child (and to you) in the hospital.
2. Get Plenty of Rest
Carrying a child is hard work both physically and mentally. You’re going to need more rest than you think, especially if you’re pregnant with multiples. Make sure you have time throughout the day to rest your mind and body, and take frequent naps when possible.
3. Reduce Stress Levels
Stress has been proven to have a negative impact on a developing fetus. If you’re planning on becoming a surrogate or are already carrying the child of intended parents, take some time to think about how to manage stress in your daily life. Eliminate any sources of stress that you can, and ask friends and family to help when time allows. And, if you feel overwhelmed, know that you can always speak to other surrogates or even the psychologist who interviewed you if you feel it would be helpful.
4. Eat a Nutrient-Rich Diet
What you eat during your surrogate pregnancy directly impacts the health and wellness of the baby you’re carrying. While you may find that you give in to strange cravings, like the combination of pickles and ice cream, you’ll also want to make sure you’re getting plenty of nutrition.
Prenatal vitamins shouldn’t be the only source of folic acid and critical nutrients a developing baby needs; be sure to eat plenty of leafy green vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains, and Omega-3 fatty acids.
5. Get Emotional Support
Being a surrogate mother is no easy task. Make sure you have enough emotional support in your corner to help you get through the days that are tougher than others. Ask friends and family for support, or visit a pregnancy counselor with experience in surrogacy.
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