EDSI, Author at Reproductive Health Clinic California - Egg Donor & Surrogacy Institute (EDSI)

Why Some People Choose To Use An Egg Donor

If you are thinking about becoming an egg donor to help an infertile couple become parents, you may want to know the reasons why some people choose to become donors. Just why are egg donations in such high demand? Before you make the decision to donate your eggs in California, it is important to know why recipients need donor eggs – and why your egg donation could help make their dreams of a happy, healthy family come true.

Infertility Rates Are On The Rise

The truth is that there is no one specific cause of infertility. A woman may be perfectly capable of carrying her own pregnancy, but there may be complications with her eggs or ovaries that prevent conception. Sometimes, multiple issues can impact a woman’s fertility. These can include:

  • Genetics
  • Age
  • Poor egg quality
  • Ovarian problems
  • PCOS
  • Weight
  • Medications

The list goes on and on. Most frustratingly, sometimes there is no clear cut answer as to why a woman cannot get pregnant with her own eggs.

The decision to use an egg donor often comes after multiple failed attempts to use the woman’s own eggs. Sometimes, these women have simply failed to get pregnant. Other times, they have suffered the heartbreak of miscarriages. Whatever the reason for seeking out an egg donor, it is important to know that no one takes donor eggs just because they can. For many who choose to use donor eggs, it is the final stop on a journey that has been long and painful.

Eggs and a Mother’s Age

It is becoming increasingly common for women to hold off on becoming a parent until they enter their mid-30s or even later. However, this is also the time when egg quality and overall fertility decreases. This is due to the reduction in the number of viable eggs remaining in the ovaries. When a baby girl is born, she has somewhere between 1 to 2 million eggs – by the time she reaches menopause, there are only a few hundred eggs remaining. These eggs are older and have a higher rate of chromosomal anomalies, which means that the mother is more likely to have a miscarriage, if she can get pregnant at all.

With more access than ever to birth control, women are able to plan their lives how they want them to be – they can focus on careers and becoming financially secure enough to have a family. However, this also means that more women are waiting to become pregnant, so they will have struggles.

Ovarian Issues and PCOS

More and more, women are facing problems with their ovaries. Nearly 1% of women suffer from something called “Premature Ovarian Failure” which is when a woman’s ovaries stop working far sooner than expected, given her age. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is another common health issue that is impacting more and more women every year. It can make having a baby naturally almost impossible.

Genetic Disorders

For some women, they cannot use their eggs – or don’t want to risk using their eggs – because of genetically-inherent conditions. This could be genetic conditions that they do not wish to pass onto their child or because of chromosomal issues. 

While there are many steps that the medical field can take to help prevent some of these genetic issues from being passed on, sometimes it is impossible to avoid – which is why these women seek out egg donors.

Male Couples

While many couples who seek egg donors are heterosexual couples, male couples also seek egg donors. The path to fatherhood is a long one for male couples – gay people still face quite a bit of discrimination when it comes to adoption. As such, many use donor eggs to build families that have a genetic connection and to work with people who will accept them for who they are.

Ready to Become An Egg Donor?

Are you ready to be an egg donor? Contact EDSI today to get started – we will walk you through every step of the process so that you don’t feel lost or alone. Instead, you will help you to make a decision about whether or not this is for you and from there, we can help you through the easy medical process and the follow-up.

How Long Does The Gestational Surrogacy Process Take?

The surrogacy process isn’t a short one, but each case is different and everyone will have a different journey to get there. In general, it will last somewhere between 15 to 18 months for the first time surrogate. However, if you need to take a few extra months to fit our surrogacy requirements, it could take longer for you. 

In general, the following is a breakdown of a general surrogacy journey so that you can get an idea of what to expect:

Preliminary Assessments: 1-2 Months

You may begin this step of your journey as early as today. It can take longer than 2 months, but in general, it does not. First, you must submit an application to be a surrogate, and then it will be reviewed to verify that you are a good candidate. You may schedule an appointment to talk to one of our surrogacy experts to go over some other details, like your health, lifestyle, personality, and more. 

If you choose to move on, you may also have to meet with a psychologist and a physician to ensure that you are healthy enough mentally and physically to handle the surrogacy process. 

Matching with Intended Parents: 1-4+ Months

EDSI will help to match you with Intended Parents (IPs) – or the people who need you to carry their baby. You will have a profile that will explain a little bit about who you are and why you want to be a surrogate. If IPs choose you, you will have a meeting with them to see if it is a good fit. Our experts will help to guide the meeting and the discussion to ensure that everything is discussed appropriately and thoroughly. 

Sometimes, you will immediately meet with IPs that you connect with and you will choose to be their surrogate. Other times, it can take a few months before the right people match.

Settling All Of The Details: 1-2 Months

Once you have been matched with IPs, you will have to go to some more doctor’s appointments to ensure that everything is okay to move forward. At this time, you will likely be taken off of any birth control that you are on so that your body can get back to its normal menstrual cycle. 

You will also consult with an attorney to verify that all of the documents are in order (IPs will do the same) and that you are comfortable with the details of the surrogacy agreement. 

Medical/IVF Visits: 2-3 Months

Once that stage is completed, the team will finally start to get to the pregnancy portion of the process. You will undergo IVF treatment, which typically takes anywhere from four to six weeks. You will take hormones to control your cycle and it is suggested that you take it easy so that your body will be receptive of the IPs’ embryo. 

It takes about two weeks to find out if the embryo(s) have implanted. The IVF process is becoming better and better, which means that you may have success on your first attempt. However, it doesn’t always happen right away and you may have to go through the IVF treatment again.

Pregnancy: 9 Months (Give or Take)

If you qualify to be a surrogate, you have already gone through at least one pregnancy, so you know this part of the process. Most pregnancies last 9 months, but some have been known to go shorter or longer. If you are carrying multiples, for instance, the process may be shorter.

In general, the process takes upwards of 18 months for the first time. That timeline can be shortened for second time (or third time) surrogates.

Ready To Start The Surrogacy Process?

Surrogacy is an extremely rewarding experience that will change your life forever. However, you have to be willing to put in more work than just carrying the baby – you have to provide a hospitable environment for him or her. If you are ready to get started on the surrogacy process, make sure to contact us today.

Breaking Down Hollywood’s Depiction of Being A Surrogate

You’ve probably already watched some of the television shows that cover surrogacy – and there are many of them. As we are located in Beverly Hills, California, we know a thing or two about Hollywood’s depiction of being a surrogate and what they get right and wrong about the surrogacy process. Hollywood tends to overdramatize quite a bit, and their portrayal of the surrogacy journey is no different.

Unfortunately, this overdramatization has led to many people thinking that gestational surrogacy is something that it isn’t, in many ways.  Here are some of our favorite (and least favorite) takes on being a surrogate:

Glee

Glee wouldn’t be half of what it was without leading lady Rachel Berry, who just happened to be conceived by surrogacy. Rachel’s dads, Hiram and Leroy, put an advertisement in the newspaper for a surrogate mother who came in the form of Shelby. 

While it isn’t uncommon for some people who want to adopt a baby to put advertisements in the newspaper, it isn’t common (or safe) for parents to put in advertisements for a surrogate. The better approach is to do what Glee depicted in later seasons, when Rachel became a surrogate for her friends Kurt and Blaine: engage a reputable surrogacy agency who can help ensure that the surrogacy process is completed safely for everyone involved.

Baby Mama

No one can resist a movie with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and Baby Mama is no exception. It’s a great comedy – it just isn’t a very accurate portrayal of the surrogacy process. In this movie, the surrogate (Poehler) lied to the Intended Mother (Fey) about being pregnant. In a real-world situation, the pregnancy would have been confirmed by the fertility doctor and would not have been something that she could lie about to anyone.

Another problem is that the surrogate had never been pregnant before. A responsible surrogacy agency will ensure that the surrogate meets the guidelines set by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, which require that a qualified surrogate has had at least one successful pregnancy and delivery in the past. While Poehler’s character did get pregnant with her own child and in the end, she had never given birth prior to becoming a surrogate.

While this is a funny take on the topic of surrogacy (and can highlight some of the real-life pain that comes with trying to be a parent), it is not a good example of what real life surrogacy is.

Roseanne

Despite its controversies, Roseanne is a show that many people have watched. When the show returned to the air, it tried to tackle problems that many people in the United States face, including financial issues. One of the ways that Becky decided to solve some of her financial problems was by becoming a surrogate. However, in order to qualify, she had to lie about her age. In the real world, no one is allowed to be a surrogate with any reputable surrogacy agency if they have not gone through a thorough surrogate screening (including a background check and health scan) that would debunk the lie and disqualify the woman as a surrogate.

Another thing that the show got wrong was that Becky was going to be a “traditional surrogate,” meaning she would use her own eggs in the pregnancy. This does still happen, but it is not encouraged or supported by most surrogacy agencies as it can complicate the process quite a bit.

The surrogacy process is a confusing one, and it can be difficult to make a decision about whether or not it is something you should do. That is why we encourage you to do your research and really think about whether it is right. However, you shouldn’t make the decision based on Hollywood movies – even the people who use surrogates (like Kim Kardashian, Sarah Jessica Parker, Neil Patrick Harris, etc.) tend to have misconceptions before they go through the surrogacy process.

Surrogacy is an extremely rewarding experience that will change your life forever. However, you have to be willing to put in more work than just carrying the baby – you have to provide a hospitable environment for him or her. Simply put, you cannot act like Amy Poehler and eat junk food and drink soda all the time. While it may provide for some comedic fodder for movies and TV, it is a serious thing. If you are ready to get started on the surrogacy process, make sure to contact us today.

What to Expect When Your Surrogate is Expecting

Your gestational surrogacy journey is one of the most exciting endeavors that you will undertake – throughout that time, you will feel hopeful, joyful, and prideful about the life you are creating for yourself. At the same time, however, you may feel anxious and even uncertain – it wouldn’t be unusual if you have lingering questions about everything. For many intended parents seeking San Francisco surrogacy, the most significant source of anxiety is the pregnancy itself. Often, they aren’t aware of what a surrogacy pregnancy entails or what is “normal” for each stage of the process. So we seek to answer that question – what you should expect when your surrogate is expecting?

It is important to remember that the surrogacy process is multi-layered and extremely complicated. If we can remove some of the anxiety you experience through the process, it will help you to sit back and enjoy the ride – which is why we want to explain as much as possible. Still, remember that every pregnancy is different.

What To Expect When Your Surrogate Is Expecting: Phase 1

The first phase of surrogate pregnancy is the embryo transfer – typically, this will come after several months of meeting potential gestational carriers, learning more about each other, signing legal forms, and preparing for the transfer and pregnancy. While some people will view this as the start of the process, it is the end of the beginning and the start of the next significant step. 

Embryo transfers have come a long way and are highly successful. Now, there is always a possibility of a failed transfer, so you need to be prepared for that as well – it will be disappointing to both you and the surrogate. Please try to offer your surrogate reassurance and compassion if this occurs.

When the transfer is successful, it may take some time to get confirmation. You should not put pressure on the situation and avoid asking your surrogate if she feels pregnant or requesting at-home tests. The goal should be to keep your surrogate free from stress. 

Once Pregnancy Is Confirmed

After all of your patience and waiting, your surrogate should be confirmed as pregnant. Traditionally, you will feel a great sense of relief. Achieving a viable pregnancy is undoubtedly something to celebrate, but now you are most likely in uncharted territory. Most surrogates will have an uncomplicated pregnancy, but it can be unpredictable, so you will want to proceed with caution.

During the first trimester or the first 12 weeks of the pregnancy, you may not see many physical changes in your surrogate. Everyone is excited, however, and your surrogate is likely feeling the symptoms of pregnancy. She may be tired or more emotional than you remember her being; this is all normal. Everyone expects her to gain weight, but she may lose weight if she has morning sickness.  You can support your surrogate through this time by checking in and continually expressing your gratitude. While it is not required, providing her with a small gift could be helpful. Now is the time to solidify your relationship with your surrogate. 

What To Expect During The Second Trimester

Now is when it might get really exciting – your surrogate will start to show, and she may even feel the baby move. Around week 20, you will have what is likely one of the most touching experiences of your journey: you will physically be able to see the development of your baby in the womb in an ultrasound. 

Your surrogate has likely evened out emotionally, but she should be seeing the doctor frequently to monitor the development of the pregnancy. With the best surrogacy doctors, potentially adverse conditions are often manageable.

Once again, don’t forget to treat your surrogate every so often. As she stops being able to move as freely as she could before, now might be the time to help her feel comfortable in her skin.

What To Expect During The Third Trimester Of Surrogacy

The third and final trimester is one of the most exciting times – you can practically feel the energy in the air for both the surrogate and the intended parents. Now is when you should start thinking about your plan – do you have a nursery ready? Clothing? A surrogacy agency can help you to plan travel arrangements and mediate how the relationship will continue after birth.

For your surrogate, while she is excited, she is also likely tired and uncomfortable. Many women have difficulties sleeping and have pains during this period. One thing we suggest is that you email your surrogate, allowing her to answer when she is awake – you never know when she might be catching some shut-eye.

Ready To Start Your Journey?

If you are ready to start your journey as an intended person or as a surrogate, contact EDSI today.

 

Using A Surrogate As A Single Parent

Using a surrogate as a single parent can be a daunting undertaking, but it is becoming increasingly common. Most often, people are using surrogacy services in San Diego, Los Angeles, and all over the country to build families that they would not be able to have on their own.

For the most part, single intended parents will go through the same process, enjoy the same benefits, and face the same challenges as couples do while pursuing gestational surrogacy. Of course, there are going to be some differences as well.

Single Parent Surrogacy Process

In general, the surrogacy process is the same for single parents as it is for couples. In vitro fertilization, better known as IVF, is used to form a viable embryo which is then transferred to the surrogate mother, who carries it to term.

Many couples choose to use the intended mother’s egg and father’s sperm; however, this isn’t always an option for gay couples or for single parents. Some single parents will choose to donate what they can (either the egg or the sperm), and then they need to use outside resources for the other half of the equation.

If you need to find an egg or sperm donor, more surrogate agencies will help you to find both while seeking a surrogate. Single intended parents may also choose to work with someone that they know, such as a close friend or family member, for the egg or sperm donation. Once you have identified how you will get the genetic materials, the surrogacy will continue as it would for anyone else.

Laws For Single Parent Surrogacy

In the US, surrogacy laws are almost congruent when it comes to single parents and couples. This doesn’t mean that the legal process is always simple. There are rules and regulations that need to be followed, which is why it is vital to work with experienced surrogacy professionals who can help you to navigate these sometimes murky waters. 

If you are considering surrogacy as a single person, consult with an experienced surrogacy professional to better understand surrogacy laws for your state and circumstances.

Pros and Cons of Surrogacy As A Single Parent

If you want to start a family, nothing should stop you from doing so – it is a decision to make for yourself. Still, it is essential to know the advantages and disadvantages of seeking single parent surrogacy.

Pros: You get to achieve your dream of parenthood without waiting for a partner; you may be able to have biological ties with your child; surrogacy can create meaningful relationships with many people; single parent surrogacy is almost always easier than adoption.

Cons: You will likely need to budget more for a surrogacy than a traditional pregnancy; single parents may face a stigma that can be challenging. 

It is up to you to consider the pros and cons and to determine whether or not single parent surrogacy is for you. If you are struggling to decide whether surrogacy is right for you as a single parent, reach out to an experienced surrogacy specialist or family counselor for more information.

Ready To Become A Parent?

Surrogacy can be a lengthy process, regardless of your marital status, sexual orientation, or age. However, it is always incredibly rewarding. For single people who want to become parents, the opportunity to have a child at the exact right time is a benefit that cannot be overstated.

For surrogates who want to help single parents achieve their dreams, there is no better way to do so than through a trusted surrogacy agency like ours. You are helping someone make their lives fuller in a way that they cannot do themselves. It is truly a miracle of modern medicine that will reward you deeply not only financially, but spiritually and emotionally. Are you ready to get started? Apply to be a surrogate today.

 

The Relationship Between Intended Parents & Their Egg Donors

Becoming an egg donor isn’t a decision that most people take lightly – it is a complete gift that you are giving to a person or persons that they cannot, for whatever reason, give themselves. This is a selfless act that not only allows you to change lives but make one in the process. One of the most unique relationships that we have seen is that between the egg donor and the intended parents.

While a trustworthy surrogacy institute will support the relationships so that they are easy, safe, and enjoyable for both the intended parent or parents and the egg donor, there does need to be some mediation, no matter what. As the egg donation process becomes more common in today’s society, you would expect that people are more knowledgeable about those relationships, but they aren’t. However, you will find that it can be one of the most interesting and beautiful relationships that you cultivate.

Do Egg Donors Get Attached To The Child?

One of the most common questions we get from both egg donors and intended parents is whether or not the egg donor will want to meet the child. In most cases, the answer is no. 

For most egg donors, they don’t feel attached to the child because they are simply donating eggs that they weren’t going to use. Many donors experience a total disconnect from the eggs they provide. Safeguards are put into place to prevent the egg donor from experiencing a sense of loss.

Before donating eggs, donors are educated about every step of the process. They are extensively screened for any inclination that they may form an attachment to the donated eggs. While we can never guarantee how someone may feel, we work extremely hard to ensure that everyone is prepared to proceed and will be comfortable with the outcome.

Do The Babies Conceived With Donor Eggs Resemble The Donor?

Babies who are conceived using donor eggs will carry the DNA of the donors, and thus will have similar features to that person. This is why intended parents will often select donors based on physical attributes, ranging from hair and eye color to ethnicity. Often, they will try to choose an egg donor who has features that are similar to those that they themselves have.

Intended parents may also select an egg donor based on her personality or educational background, hoping that some of those genes will be carried on as well, such as high intelligence or the ability to play an instrument. While there are no ways to guarantee this (just like there isn’t with a traditional pregnancy), it is still something parents do look for in an egg donor.

Legal Relationship Between Intended Parents, Egg Donors, And The Baby

From the start of the egg donation process, egg donors will remain anonymous as much as possible. There are some rare instances where both parties will agree to reveal their personal information or allow communication between the intended parents and the egg donor, or even an in-person meeting. 

Keeping this in mind, it is important to note that carefully drafted contracts between the egg donor and intended parent or parents state that the egg donor does not have any legal parental rights over the offspring that result from their donation. Unlike in surrogacy, where the surrogate does know personal information about the couple she is helping, intended parents will almost always remain anonymous to the egg donor.

The only information the donor will get is that her eggs were used, the family type (married or not, gay or straight, single or a couple), and where the family lives in the broadest sense: either in the United States or elsewhere.

Ready to Become An Egg Donor?

Are you ready to be an egg donor? Become an Egg Donor in Long Beach. Contact EDSI today to get started – we will walk you through every step of the process so that you don’t feel lost or alone. Instead, you will help you to make a decision about whether or not this is for you and from there, we can help you through the easy medical process and the follow-up.

Things to Consider when Selecting a Surrogate

No matter how you’ve come to your surrogacy journey, selecting a surrogate is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle. As a San Francisco surrogacy agency, we have seen many different types of people come to this process, and they select surrogates based on any number of qualities. There are so many things to consider about a person who will carry your baby for you. Most surrogacy agencies ask quite a bit of information about their surrogates so that you can get a better picture of who they are and what they are like – because it matters. Of course, most agencies will have strict requirements about who can be a surrogate: they can not smoke or do drugs, cannot have STDs or other diseases that can risk the pregnancy, they have to be secure, they have to undergo psychological evaluations, and have to have at least one healthy pregnancy before they can even get entered into the system.

But where do you go from there? How can you choose the best option for your family? It can be complicated – but the good news is that there are ways to decide on the perfect option.

Selecting A Surrogate

If you do not already have a surrogate that you want to work with, you can look through rosters and lists of surrogates without having an idea about who to choose. Still, there are some important factors you may want to take into consideration when choosing a carrier for your baby. These can include:

Personality: What type of personality do you (the intended parent) get along with? In most cases, you will spend at least some time with this person, so you will want to know whether or not you get along.

Has this person been a surrogate before: Sometimes, intended parents want to work with someone who has had a successful surrogacy before theirs. This can help to calm some of the nerves intended parents may have and it shows that the surrogate understands the process. It is important to note that most surrogates require more compensation if they have already been a surrogate.

Is this surrogate willing to carry multiples? Some surrogates are only willing to carry one baby at a time – but sometimes a surrogate will be willing to carry more. If that is a path that you want to take, you should find a surrogate who is willing to carry multiples.

Relationship during surrogacy: Sometimes, a surrogate is willing to have as much contact as you want and other times, they do not want a lot of contact. Other times, it just depends on location. Figure out how much interaction you want with your surrogate and narrow down the list from there.

Relationship after surrogacy: Do you want your surrogate to stay in your child’s life? If so, make sure to look for a surrogate who is willing to have a relationship once the child is delivered.

At the end of the day, you want to look for a surrogate that you know you can trust. For nine months (give or take), this person will be imperative to the health and safety of your child’s life. You want to find someone who genuinely enjoys pregnancy. If you choose to work with a surrogacy agency, much of the groundwork is done for you and you should have plenty of great options available.

Ready To Find A Surrogate?

Being a parent through surrogacy is one of the most amazing and life-changing experiences you can have in your life. It will give you the chance to become a parent – something so many people dream about their entire lives. Still, it can be quite scary to do it alone, which is why so many people seek out a surrogacy agency to help them reach their goals. We suggest that you do the same: you will have far fewer choices to make and you will know that every surrogate will provide a hospitable environment for your child.

 

If you are ready to get started on the surrogacy process, make sure to contact us today.

Surrogacy Myths: Truth vs. Fiction

Every day, there are new misconceptions and myths surrounding surrogacy popping up – sometimes they are based in reality, and sometimes they aren’t. If you are just starting out on your surrogacy journey, whether you want to be a surrogate or you need help starting your family, these myths can be scary and put you off from doing it altogether. In particular, Sacramento surrogacy agencies see these myths quite often and have worked to eliminate them.

But what is the truth? Read on to find out.

Misconception: Surrogacy Is Only For Celebrities Or Those Who Have Money To Burn

Why wouldn’t people think this – the only surrogacy stories we really hear about are those of celebrities. The truth is that the cost of surrogacy is almost impossible to predict on your own. Surrogacy fees and expenses can vary quite a bit based on the needs of the intended parent or parents. For example, those families who can use the egg of an intended parent will face fewer costs than those who need to use an egg donor. Sometimes, people will use a known-donor or known-surrogate, which can also cut back on expenses.

The cost of medical care, health insurance, and daily care of surrogates will also vary quite a bit. To cut costs, you can work with a surrogacy agency that will help to plan for and mitigate some of these costs. Of course, there are also surrogacy agencies that take payment plans, offer to finance, and have discounts in some cases. Make sure that you research them to ensure that they aren’t too good to be true.

Misconception: Women Who Choose Surrogacy Are Judged

Many women who opt for surrogacy are afraid that the world at large will judge them for that decision. Sometimes, people assume that they are trying to save their figures or avoid pregnancy. In some cases, this is true. Women are busier than ever and sometimes cannot take the time to go through the emotional and physical toll of pregnancy, but they want to be parents: this is fine. Any surrogacy agency you want to work with will not judge you for wanting to become a parent using a surrogate.

However, most women who do go through surrogacy do so because they cannot carry babies by themselves. Anyone who really matters to those women will know the journey they took to become parents and should not judge them.

Myth: Surrogates Will Try To Take Parental Custody Of The Child

One of the biggest fears that intended parents have is that they will lose their child to the surrogate. Maybe they believe that their baby will be so cute that the surrogate mother will want it, that the surrogate mother will bond with the baby, or the surrogate will just take the baby as that was the goal the entire time. Thankfully, this is a misconception. Most surrogacy agencies will request that both the intended parents and the surrogate undergo extensive psychological evaluations prior to entering a surrogacy agreement. This will help to weed out those who may have nefarious intentions.

Still, agencies can connect intended parents and surrogates with attorneys who can help them throughout the process. In most cases, the agreement is that the surrogate and gestational carriers will not have any legal parentage rights of the child.

Misconception: It Takes A Long Time To Bond With A Baby Born of Surrogacy

Many parents fear that if they aren’t around the pregnancy every waking moment, they will have trouble bonding with the child. This isn’t true. The bonding process begins after the child is born – the people who take care of the child and nurture him or her will be the ones to have the bond. The truth is that sometimes, bonds take some time to form: even for “traditionally” born children. Still, children grow to know the people around them incredibly quickly, so you do not have to worry.

Ready to Be A Parent?

Becoming a parent via a surrogate is one of the most amazing steps you can take in your life. It will give you a lifelong bond not only with your child, but with an amazing surrogate. If you are ready to get started on the surrogacy process, make sure to contact us today.

Working Out While Pregnant: Should A Surrogate Do It?

When you are a surrogate, you tend to take things a little more slowly and cautiously – that is just how you need to act. However, as a California surrogacy agency, we often have surrogate mothers who are used to working out and moving. As long as it is healthy in your pregnancy, it is actually suggested that you perform moderate-intensity activities while you are pregnant. It can help with some of the side effects of pregnancy and will help you to feel better at all stages.

Even if a woman isn’t used to exercise, pregnancy can be a difficult time to take on an exercise regimen. However, with your body changing in so many ways, it is actually a great time to start. Just make sure that you take it slow and listen to your body.

Here are some of the benefits of working out while pregnant:

You May See Fewer Pregnancy Complications

Many women absolutely love being pregnant, but there are a few common effects that can make it difficult. If you exercise during pregnancy, you may be able to reduce the risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and other problems that can pop up. At the same time, you will be reducing the risk of premature birth, fetal distress, and excessive weight gain.

Apart from potentially preventing health problems, exercise can help to reduce the pains associated with pregnancy. Additional weight, the location of the weight, less movement, and swelling joints can all lead to pain during pregnancy. Most women have some aches and pains. To avoid them, low impact exercise such as swimming or just an after-dinner walk can reduce the intensity of that pain. Water aerobics is another great way to get a good workout, especially later in your pregnancy. Yoga, stretching, and body weight exercises (with a spotter) can also keep you feeling loose.

Your Labor May Be Easier

Most women who become surrogates love being pregnant, but very few will tell you that they love the actual labor part of pregnancy. This is because it isn’t necessarily pain-free. The good news is that exercise can help with this: when you exercise, you strengthen your muscles, which can help to move the labor along. Make sure to strengthen your pelvic muscles and leg muscles at the same time, which will help immensely.

Exercise May Reduce The Risk of Cesarean Section

Exercise can help improve strength and conditioning, which help with a successful vaginal delivery, which is the standard most women want. Women who can push are more likely to end up delivering naturally without a C-section. While this isn’t proven, many doctors note that there is a connection between exercising while pregnant and having an easy vaginal birth.

Exercising May Relieve Stress

When you are pregnant, there are many things happening to your body. While you will, undoubtedly, be pampered and taken care of during your pregnancy if you are a surrogate, you can still feel stressed thanks to the hormones. Exercise can help to release the feel good endorphins that will help you feel less stressed. Even better, it can help with both forms of stress: physical and emotional.

Once you have the go-ahead from your primary care doctor, it is recommended that you start working out however feels comfortable for you. You can get your exercise in many different ways: walking, stationary biking, jogging, water aerobics, swimming, yoga, pilates, tennis, strength training, or hiking. Just make sure that you avoid contact sports or anything that could cause you to fall on your stomach.

Ready to Be A Surrogate?

Being a surrogate is one of the most rewarding and life-changing experiences you can have in your life. It is an amazing experience where you will have time to focus on yourself and your own health while you help someone else to become a parent, and exercising is a great way to take care of yourself. If you are ready to get started on the surrogacy process, make sure to contact us today.