Surrogacy offers a wonderful opportunity for individuals to assist a couple in starting their family while also earning additional income for purposes such as paying off student loans, initiating a retirement fund, or securing the down payment for a first home. Typically, women interested in becoming surrogates are in their 20s, 30s, and early 40s and provide a crucial service for couples facing challenges in conceiving naturally.
Maintaining optimal health throughout the entire pregnancy is essential to ensure a successful outcome and deliver a healthy baby for the intended parents. Here are some recommended guidelines:
- Take prescribed prenatal vitamins and medications: Your doctor may advise taking prenatal vitamins and other medications before and during the surrogacy pregnancy.
- Regular communication with intended parents: Sharing your pregnancy progress with the intended parents is encouraged. Arranging regular visits, dinner dates, and other meetings can strengthen the connection if feasible.
- Modify household chores: Avoid heavy lifting, using step stools, climbing ladders, and exposure to chemical-based cleaning products or changing litter boxes. Seek assistance from friends or family if needed.
- Wear comfortable clothing and shoes: Adapt to your changing body by investing in comfortable attire and footwear as your baby bump grows.
- Monitor weight gain: Your doctor will guide you on appropriate weight gain. Regular monitoring between visits ensures a healthy pregnancy trajectory.
- Continue exercising: Maintain your regular exercise routine with adjustments for pregnancy, exploring safe options to stay active.
Avoid the following:
- Skipping meals: Consume the right amount of food each day, with regular meals and snacks to support a healthy pregnancy.
- Alcohol consumption: Refrain from drinking alcohol, as it can harm the fetus and lead to birth defects.
- Smoking, tobacco, or vaping: Eliminate these habits, as they can impact birth weights and contribute to potential defects in the baby.
- Taking medications or vitamins without doctor approval: Obtain approval from your doctor before using prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, or vitamin supplements.
By adhering to these guidelines and attending regular doctor visits, you increase the likelihood of delivering a healthy baby for the intended parents. For more information on surrogacy or becoming a surrogate, give Shared Conception a call today!