Most women who want to be surrogates need to fall into a specific range when it comes to their BMI (Body Mass Index). This range helps to determine whether or not a woman is of a “healthy” weight and while it isn’t always the most accurate measurement, it is one of the best things we have to determine whether or not a woman is at a healthy weight.
No matter what, weight matters when you are pregnant. There are many women who are overweight that have a straightforward pregnancy and birth. However, there is a risk of complications when a woman is overweight.
What is BMI?
BMI is your body mass index, which is a term that explains your weight in relation to your height. A healthy BMI is considered above an 18.5 and less than 25 on the BMI scale. Someone is considered to be overweight if their BMI is between 25 and 29.9. If someone has a BMI over 30, they are considered obese.
Almost one in five pregnant women will have a BMI over 30 at the start of their pregnancy – some will have complications and some will not.
What are the risks of a higher BMI during pregnancy?
Being overweight (with a BMI over 25) can be detrimental to pregnancy. In general, the higher the BMI, the more risks there are. Some of the risks of being pregnant with a higher BMI are:
- Thrombosis (getting a blood clot in your legs)
- Gestational Diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Neural tube defects
- Complications during labor
For surrogates, most surrogacy agencies aren’t willing to put the surrogates in danger of any of these complications, nor are they willing to put the baby through the complications. In general, for women who are overweight and then become pregnant, they are also likely to experience more symptoms and problems that all women face, including morning sickness, hurting feet, back pain, and other complications.
How can BMI risks be reduced during surrogacy?
When you work with an agency to be a surrogate, they will help you to reduce some of the risks to becoming a surrogate – namely, they will give you resources and tips to get your BMI lower. They can help you to understand healthy eating and exercise.
While there is no singular BMI that people should have, and BMI doesn’t tell the whole story, we just use it as a way to gauge healthiness. For women who are a good fit for surrogacy, an agency can help them to get to a healthy BMI before starting the process, though they can not guarantee anything.
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If you have a BMI that fits within our range and you are interested in becoming a surrogate, there is no time like the present to get started. This is such a great experience and we can help you to stay healthy throughout the pregnancy – from helping you to find fitness classes to providing you with nutrition advice. You are not in this alone and we are here to help you.
Surrogacy is an extremely rewarding experience that will change your life forever. If you are ready to get started on the surrogacy process, make sure to contact us today.