Why Do We Ask For BMI When You Apply To Be A Surrogate?

For many women, weight is a deeply personal topic. It is something that we all worry about, even if we say that we don’t. After we’ve had babies, it is harder to lose weight and to keep it off due to the virtual smorgasbord of snacks we have at our disposal. Even so, when you apply to become a Surrogate in Fresno, for example, one of the main considerations is whether or not you have a BMI under a certain threshold. 

Why does this matter? If you were able to carry a baby at this weight before, isn’t that a sign that you can do it again? The truth is that while you very well may be able to carry a completely healthy baby at the weight you are now, it is a risk that we aren’t willing to take, for your health and for the health of the baby.

Why Being Overweight During Pregnancy Can Be Harmful

Being overweight or obese during pregnancy can raise your risk for particular problems throughout those nine months. Gaining more weight than is recommended can cause the same issues.

Some of the more prevalent issues for women who are overweight and become pregnant include:

  • Gestational Diabetes: This is diabetes that starts during pregnancy. Those who have gestational diabetes have a higher lifetime risk for remaining obese or developing Type 2 diabetes. Or, gestational diabetes can cause low blood sugar in the infant. Finally, babies who grow inside women with gestational diabetes tend to be larger, which makes delivery more painful.
  • Gestational Hypertension: This is high blood pressure during the pregnancy. If your blood pressure isn’t controlled during pregnancy, you may develop preeclampsia.
  • C-Sections: Women who are overweight are more likely to require a C-section when it comes time to deliver the baby.

Throughout your experience as a Surrogate with EDSI, our team will always work with you to ensure that you are healthy and safe. Part of that is only working with Surrogates who meet our weight requirements. 

What About Gaining Weight During Surrogacy?

Of course, you are likely to gain weight while you are pregnant – you are carrying another life. While you may crave your favorite brand of cupcakes or a ton of peanut butter, you do want to keep your weight gain under control. Not only because you want to stay healthy for the baby, but because you will want to stay healthy for yourself.

According to Women’s Health, you should gain the following while you are pregnant:

  • Underweight (BMI of less than 18.5), you should gain 28 to 40 pounds
  • Normal weight (BMI of 18.5 to 24.9), you should gain 25 to 35 pounds
  • Overweight (BMI of 25 to 29.9), you should gain 15 to 25 pounds
  • Obesity (BMI of 30 or greater), you should gain no more than 11 to 20 pounds

Of course, our doctors will talk to you about a healthy amount of weight to gain while you are pregnant.

Ready To Start Your Surrogacy Journey? Contact Us Today

Becoming a Surrogate is a gift, and not every woman is suited to give that gift. We are here for you whenever you make that choice to become a Surrogate, and can even help you with resources if you need to lose a few pounds beforehand. However, we need you to be within a certain range.

We are happy to give you more information now or schedule your consultation. If you need some help with self-care throughout your journey, we have resources to provide you with the care that you will appreciate and that will make you feel like the incredible woman that you are.

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.

 

Contact

Egg Donor and Surrogacy Institute (EDSI)

8624 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA 90211

edsi@eggdonorandsurrogacy.com

(866) 344-3662

7 Ways To Know You Are Ready To Be A Surrogate

How can you know that you are ready to become a Surrogate? It is a question that we get asked almost every day, and unfortunately, we cannot answer that for everyone. Becoming a surrogate in San Diego (or anywhere else) is a big decision that should not be taken lightly. 

We have a list of questions that we ask potential Surrogate Mothers to see if she is truly ready – however, many of these questions require some soul searching and introspection as well as some collaboration with your family.

So how can you know? Here are some of the clues we’ve found:

You Feel It In Your Heart

Surrogacy isn’t something that you can only do because you want to make some money, you think it will look good, or because you know someone else who has become a Surrogate. It is something that you need to feel for yourself. 

You’ve Done Your Research

Another important step and thing to think about is whether or not you have done enough research. Being a Surrogate isn’t portrayed all that accurately in the media, so you need to look beyond that movie we’ve all seen and do some of your own research. You can read blogs that Surrogates have kept, watch their vlogs on YouTube, or connect with Surrogates using an agency.

You Are At A Healthy Weight

Weight is one of the biggest restrictions to becoming a Surrogate. If you are a health weight according to your BMI, you can become a Surrogate. This is for your own health and safety as well as the health and safety of the baby. If you aren’t at a healthy weight, you can work to achieve that weight.

You Want To Give A Gift Few Others Can

What the world always needs more of is love, and helping Intended Parents reach their lifelong goal and dream is one way to bring more love into the world. If this is something that you want to do, then becoming a Surrogate Mother or an Egg Donor might be a great option for you.

You Have A Dream To Make A Reality

We cannot create a blog like this without mentioning payment. While we want our Surrogates to have good hearts and genuinely love being pregnant, we know that there is a financial aspect to this as well. Surrogates take the money that they make and go on to do great things: they put down payments on homes, start college funds for their children, or go on dream vacations.

You Are Finished Having Your Own Children

The biggest question you have to ask yourself is whether or not you think of your family as complete. While Surrogacy is extremely safe, you do need to consider that sometimes things will go wrong and you may not be able to carry another pregnancy after this one. 

Make sure that you are finished with your family before you start to help someone else.

You’ve Found A Surrogacy Agency You Trust

It cannot be stressed enough that before you can become a Surrogate, you need to find an agency that you trust. You want to find an agency that will put your needs at the forefront and treat you like the incredible person that you are. Do your research on different surrogacy agencies in your area to see which ones meet your needs.

Ready To Start Your Surrogacy Journey? Contact Us Today

Finding the right fit can be quite difficult, and as this is a big decision to make taking all the time you need to make those decisions is imperative. We are here for you whenever you make that choice. We are happy to give you more information now or schedule your consultation. If you need some help with self-care throughout your journey, we have resources to provide you with the care that you will appreciate and that will make you feel like the incredible woman that you are.

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.

 

Contact

Egg Donor and Surrogacy Institute (EDSI)

8624 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA 90211

edsi@eggdonorandsurrogacy.com

(866) 344-3662

Choosing The Best Surrogacy Agency: 3 New Tips

Deciding on a surrogacy agency to work with to become a parent can be really difficult. There are a lot of options and everyone promises big things, but do they really deliver? There are a ton of tips about picking the best surrogacy agency in California, the best surrogacy agency for gay parents, the best surrogacy agency for single parents, and on and on. 

However, we think the best tips are pretty universal. It may seem strange to compare it to something like finding a good tree service or plumber, but it is a really similar experience. You cannot just choose the first name that you see. You need to do some research.

Check Social Media

We check social media all the time, whether we matched with someone on Bumble and need to check up on them or before we go to a restaurant, so why not check social media when looking at surrogacy agencies? It isn’t silly, in fact, it is smart. Many surrogacy agencies will have reviews on social media, videos that you can watch to get to know the people who work there, and informational sessions that you can attend.

Be sure to check out Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram, in particular, as they often have the most content. It gets updated regularly, so check back every so often to see if there is something new. Don’t be afraid to go back a few years or ask questions on social media either.

Ask About Success Stories

The next thing you want to do is ask about success stories that aren’t listed on the website. You may want to ask about situations that are similar to yours. For example, have they worked with gay couples before now? How about single parents? Do they work with couples who need an egg donor? What about a sperm donor? 

Websites and social media are filled with stories, but you don’t always know the details of those stories. Be sure to ask whether or not they’ve worked with someone like you and how that went. If possible, see if you can reach out to those couples and find out from them what it was like. Sometimes that won’t be possible, as any reputable surrogacy agency won’t give out information without permission, but sometimes it will be.

Take Your Time

Many surrogacy agencies will try to sell you on the “time is running out” strategy so that you make a decision quickly. However, we won’t do that. It is important that you take your time throughout this process so that you know exactly what you are getting yourself into, you know what to expect, you know how much it will cost, and you will know that you had the best experience possible.

We know that you are ready to become a parent, but sometimes it will pay to sit back and wait just a little longer. We have Surrogates and Donors who are ready to work with you, but it needs to be on your own schedule.

Interested In Building Your Family Through Surrogacy? Give Us A Call Today

Throughout the surrogacy journey, we recruit Egg Donors and Surrogates to match them with Intended Parents, including those who cannot conceive on their own, single parents, and gay parents. From there, we seamlessly orchestrate the fertility journey through pregnancy and delivery. We make it a rule to be active problem solvers and advocates for our clients, making their experiences pleasant and hassle-free.

It would be our honor to help you grow your family. Please give us a call today so that we can start building your family on your own schedule. We look forward to speaking with you.

 

Contact

Egg Donor and Surrogacy Institute (EDSI)

8624 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA 90211

edsi@eggdonorandsurrogacy.com

(866) 344-3662

Becoming A Parent Through Surrogacy: What To Know

Becoming a parent through surrogacy is a daunting task for many people. It isn’t something to be afraid of, but it is something that you should know a little bit about before you start moving through the process. 

If you decide to work with a surrogacy agency, you will be able to have a ton of guidance throughout your journey toward parenthood. At EDSI, we can help you to traverse through the steps and make the hard decisions.

Step 1: Determine If Surrogacy Is For You

The first thing you want to do is determine whether or not you want to become a parent through surrogacy. Often, parents will come to us when they have exhausted their options or if they know that surrogacy is the only way they can become parents. 

Of course, there are other ways to become a parent, so you need to determine if this is the journey for you. You need to follow your heart and do what feels right for your journey. Don’t do what you think you “should” do, but instead do what feels right.

Step 2: Do Some Research

The next thing you need to do is look for information about surrogacy. That may be why you ended up on this blog! By doing research about what surrogacy is like, what the different terms mean, and the timeline that you can expect, you will be armed with valuable information moving forward.

There is a lot to know, so you don’t have to worry if some things are a bit confusing or you don’t understand all of it. That is why you work with an agency! 

Speaking of agencies, you also want to do some research about different surrogacy agencies and what they will help you with, how they operate, and their success rates. There are a ton of surrogacy agencies opening up every month, but they don’t all have the best reputations.

Once you pick your surrogacy agency, you can move rather quickly.

Step 3: Start Your Surrogate Search

Once you’ve decided on an agency, you will start your search for the right Surrogate. This can take a long time as you look through the different options or it can be quick, it just depends on what you are looking for and the agency you use. At EDSI, we have pre-screened Surrogates available that will make the process move much more quickly if you’d like.

Once you’ve picked a Surrogate, there will be medical exams, discussions, and many, many small details to be ironed out before pregnancy.

Step 4: Pregnancy

After an embryo transfer process, your Surrogate will become pregnant with the baby and carry him or her to term. This is a wonderful time of your life where you will be able to plan for your baby and get everything ready to be the best parents you can be. Your Surrogate will be taken care of by the best professionals and you will always have updated information so that you really feel like you are a part of everything.

Interested In Building Your Family Through Surrogacy? Give Us A Call Today

Throughout the surrogacy journey, we recruit Egg Donors and Surrogates to match them with Intended Parents, including single parents and gay parents. From there, we seamlessly orchestrate the fertility journey through pregnancy and delivery. We make it a rule to be active problem solvers and advocates for our clients, making their experiences pleasant and hassle-free.

It would be our honor to help you grow your family. Please give us a call today so that we can start building your family on your own schedule. We look forward to speaking with you.

 

Contact

Egg Donor and Surrogacy Institute (EDSI)

8624 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA 90211

(866) 344-3662

When Should Surrogates Submit An Application?

One of the most common questions that we get as a surrogacy agency in California is: “When should I submit an application to become a Surrogate?” People often wonder about the time of the year they should do it, but that really shouldn’t be your first priority. Instead, it should be based not on the need of Surrogates, but on your own life and goals.

At EDSI, we will talk to you about the surrogacy journey and help you to understand whether or not this is the right time. However, we suggest that you ask yourself the following three questions to determine whether or not it is time for you to submit a surrogacy application:

Am I Mentally Ready To Be A Surrogate?

We aren’t going to evade the most obvious question: can you mentally be a surrogate? This is a hard question to answer for yourself and it is hard for us to truly determine whether or not you are. This is why we include mental health screenings when we work with Surrogates. 

Carrying someone else’s child is a very special thing, but it isn’t for everyone. Surrogates go through all of the emotions of pregnancy, including extreme happiness and sadness. If you aren’t able to handle the emotional mood swings and the potential for postpartum depression, then it might not be the right time to submit a surrogacy application.

Am I Done Having Children?

The next important thing to ask yourself is whether or not you are done having children of your own. While many Surrogates will go on to have more children, there is always a risk with pregnancy that it could be your last one. As we age, our bodies tire and we may not be able to carry more pregnancies.

While giving someone else the gift of life is very important, you need to think about yourself first. If you don’t feel like your family is complete or you want to have more children, then it is not the time for you to submit a surrogacy application.

Will I Have Support During This Time?

At EDSI, we provide our Surrogates with an unprecedented amount of support and care. However, we know that we cannot be the only ones who support you through pregnancy. You want to ask yourself if you will have someone in your life that will support you as you go through this journey. It could be a significant other, a family member, or friends. 

Additionally, you want to be ready to make new friends. We have a group of Surrogates that talk to each other and work through any concerns that you may have. 

Ready To Start Your Surrogacy Journey? Contact Us Today

How can you know if you are ready to start the surrogacy journey? It is something that you need to ask yourself and really dig deep to figure out. Of course, we can help you to understand what surrogacy entails and what will be expected out of you. Remember that we are here for you whenever you make that choice. We are happy to give you more information now or schedule your consultation. If you need some help with self-care throughout your journey, we have resources to provide you with the care that you will appreciate and that will make you feel like the incredible woman that you are.

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.

Who Are Intended Parents?

As a surrogacy agency in California, we have had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of people, including Egg Donors, Surrogates, and Intended Parents. While every single surrogacy journey is different, we have noticed that there are certain types of people who become Intended Parents and go on to become parents through the surrogacy journey.

In general, Intended Parents are the people who choose to use surrogacy in order to become parents. They come from different walks of life, have different reasons for becoming parents through surrogacy, and all face unique situations.

This doesn’t mean that these are the only people we work with, but they are the ones that we see the most often.

Gay Couples Who Need A Surrogate

We work with many gay couples who need a surrogate to carry their baby for them. We will also help to connect them with Egg Donors, when necessary. 

At EDSI, we have been at the forefront of the fight for equality when building your family and ensure that everyone is protected throughout the entire journey. We ensure that you get the real “pregnancy” experience.

Single Men Who Want To Start Their Families

Sometimes, the right person doesn’t come along to start a family with and you need to take things into your own hands. We have worked with many single men who are ready to take this journey and become fathers. 

We connect them to Egg Donors and Surrogates who can help them to make their dreams come true without waiting. 

Couples Facing Infertility

Facing infertility is something that is mentally, emotionally, and physically draining. At some point, many couples will simply give up and decide not to become parents. Others fight on and choose to become parents through surrogacy. 

Often, they are couples who have gone through years of fertility struggles and have tried “everything” to get where they are now. Other times, there are women who know that they cannot physically conceive and/or carry a child to term, so they are seeking out surrogacy as a first option.

Women Who Don’t Want To Or Cannot Carry A Child

Finally, we are seeing an increase in the number of single women and women in couples who decide to utilize a Surrogate to become a parent. There are many reasons why a woman decides not to carry a child, and it is almost always extremely personal. It could be that they don’t want to risk passing on specific health conditions because they aren’t interested in being pregnant, or for any other reason.

These women are completely valid in their quest to become mothers through surrogacy, and we are here to support them as well.

Couples From All Walks Of Life

For so many reasons, people often think that only celebrities or the extremely rich can become parents through surrogacy. This is simply not the truth. Every day, regular couples who live regular lives become parents through surrogacy. It does take some saving and working through a payment plan, but it is possible for those who want to make it their realities.

Interested In Building Your Family Through Surrogacy? Give Us A Call Today

Throughout the surrogacy journey, we recruit Egg Donors and Surrogates to match them with Intended Parents, including single parents and gay parents. From there, we seamlessly orchestrate the fertility journey through pregnancy and delivery. We make it a rule to be active problem solvers and advocates for our clients, making their experiences pleasant and hassle-free.

It would be our honor to help you grow your family. Please give us a call today so that we can start building your family on your own schedule. We look forward to speaking with you.

 

Contact

Egg Donor and Surrogacy Institute (EDSI)

8624 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA 90211

(866) 344-3662