There is so much information you must learn during the whole process of surrogacy. Every part of your life is affected by the decision that you make as a surrogate mother. It is only normal to feel overwhelmed by all of the information and the tips below will help you have a happier and healthier surrogate journey.
Listen to your body. Some surrogates will find that they need more sleep when they are a gestational carrier, and others will find that some foods no longer agree with them. Don’t force your body to do something that it clearly does not want to do. Being able to listen to what you need will help you as a surrogate mother to feel better and less stressed.
Try exercise classes that are designed for surrogate mothers. Staying active is very important during the whole surrogacy experience, but it is also important that you exercise safely. Going to a class that is specifically created for surrogates means that you will gain all the benefits of the exercise without doing any damage to the growing baby.
As a surrogate mother, when riding in a vehicle that has air bags, make sure that the seat is pushed back as far as possible away from the dashboard. Air bags can be dangerous to an unborn child even to children who sit up front. The best solution is to check first before boarding a vehicle and simply just sit further away from it.
Sleeping on the left side of your body is a good idea in your third trimester as a surrogate mother. This position gives your baby the best supply of blood possible, and increases the circulation to your uterus and kidneys much easier as compared to lying on your right side. Back sleeping is probably the least favorable position with regards to adequate blood flow.
As a surrogate mother, you must try your best to be stress-free. Learn relaxation techniques and make sure to practice them at least once a day. Having some time to relax with breathing and calming exercises will help you feel good about yourself.
Remember to abide by the wishes of the mother to be. She together with the intended father, are well aware of what is best for you and the baby. While you cannot control genetic problems or issues you can control what you put into your body. Follow your doctor’s advice and when in doubt about something be sure to ask both the doctor and the intended parents for guidance.