Many of our surrogates have promised themselves to eat as healthy as possible when they find out that they are pregnant. But cravings can take the wheel. And, when holidays such as upcoming Easter come around, we are constantly surrounded by candy and sweet treats. It’s everywhere this time of year. The chocolate covered treats in the stores are very tempting. I don’t know about you. but that Reese’s® peanut butter egg gets me every time! It’s not easy to resist when filling the children’s Easter baskets or seeing the large selection of baked goods at Easter Brunch. Being pregnant is not a free pass to consume every chocolate egg in sight! Be aware of too much sugar.
Gobbling down Cadbury Eggs®, Jelly Beans® (and other candy) will cause your blood sugar level to spike. Unless you are pre-disposed to gestational diabetes, you do not have to completely avoid sugary goods. It is okay to have sweet treats while pregnant, as long as it’s in moderation. That is the key. You don’t want to replace nutrient-dense foods or take in too many calories. Candy is nothing but empty calories and can cause excessive weight gain and possibly gestational diabetes.
While pregnant, many things can trigger cravings for sweets. Hormonal status and a growing baby are all factors that can contribute; depending on which trimester of pregnancy you are in. Believe it or not, fatigue is a very common cause of these cravings. This is why it is important to reduce your load of responsibilities. Take the help offered to you, ask for help and nap. That pile of laundry can be folded later, the dishes in the sink can sit for a little longer and you can call someone in your support system to help so you can rest.
So, before you reach for that hollow chocolate bunny, fill up on those nutrient-dense foods. Shared Conception wishes you and your family a Happy Easter! If you are interested in becoming a surrogate, give us a call today or check out our website for more information at www.SharedConception.com! We would love to hear from you!