Surrogacy is a great way to help a couple start their family while earning some extra money to pay off student loans, start a retirement fund, or earn the down payment for your first home. Most women wanting to be a surrogate are in their 20s and early 30s. Surrogates provide a valuable service for couples who want to start a family, but, for whatever reasons, have not been able to conceive on their own.
Once you do become pregnant, you will want to make sure you remain healthy throughout the entire pregnancy. To help ensure you have a successful pregnancy and can deliver a healthy baby for the intended parents, we recommended using the following tips:
- Do take any prenatal vitamins and other prescribed medications. Your doctor may have you take prenatal vitamins and other medications, both prior to becoming pregnant and during the surrogacy pregnancy.
- Do communicate regularly with the intended parents. It is perfectly acceptable to share your pregnancy with the intended parents. If they live nearby, you could arrange for regular visits in your home, on dinner dates, and at other such meetings.
- Do modify what chores you do around your home. You should not be doing any heavy lifting, standing on step stools or climbing ladders, using chemical-based cleaning products, and changing kitty litter boxes. If you are single, you will want to ask a friend or relative to help with these things.
- Do wear comfortable clothing and shoes. As you start to put on weight and your baby bump grows, your body will be going through various changes. You will want to buy new clothes and shoes so you are comfortable.
- Do monitor your weight gain to ensure you are gaining the right amount. Your doctor will help you determine the normal amount of weight you should gain. In between doctor visits, your goal is to monitor your weight and verify there is sufficient weight gain for a healthy pregnancy.
- Do continue to exercise on your regular schedule. Just because you are pregnant, it does not mean you should stop exercising—although you may need to vary your routines and explore pregnancy-safe options.
- Do not skip meals. It is important to eat the right amount of food each day and not skip meals. It is perfectly normal to eat between six and eight meals and snacks each day.
- Do not drink alcohol. Alcohol is not good for the fetus and can cause birth defects.
- Do not smoke, use tobacco products, or vape. These habits are not healthy and could affect birth weights and potential defects in the baby.
- Do not take any medications or vitamins without approval by your doctor. Whether prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, or vitamin supplements, you will want to check with your doctor ahead of time to verify it is safe to take these things, what quantities, and how often.
By using these tips and visiting your doctor regularly throughout your pregnancy, you are sure to deliver a healthy baby for the intended parents. To learn more about how to apply to be a surrogate, please feel free to contact 3 Sisters Surrogacy at 877.976.9483 today!