If you are a surrogate or thinking about becoming one, you might start thinking about the best and worst part of pregnancy: the ability to eat a lot of food without anyone judging (you are eating for two, after all) while still being cautious about what you are eating. A person’s diet is deeply personal, and there is a ton of conflicting information out there. At EDSI, we have been overseeing the health and wellness of pregnant women for a long time, and we have an idea of not only what keeps the baby healthy, but what makes your experience much more comfortable.
The Best Snacks For the Surrogacy Process
It can be nerve-wracking to be the surrogate for another family, and you want to do everything correctly, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to live on salads for nine months. The most basic advice is this: if you were healthy enough to be selected as a surrogate for EDSI, you probably have a good diet already.
However, if you are still cautious, here are some of our suggestions.
The Fish To Eat: Salmon One of the best fish to eat, salmon is loaded with high-quality protein, is a leading source of omega-3 fats, and can be prepared in many different ways so that you don’t get bored. These nutrients tend to be good for baby’s development and they are good for you as well. Make sure that you don’t go over 12 ounces of salmon per week because of the mercury levels – and make sure that it is properly cooked!
The Fish To Avoid: There are quite a few fish that you might want to avoid if you are worried about mercury poisoning. These include king mackerel, shark, tilefish, and swordfish.
Make Sure You Eat Beans. Beans, beans are good for your heart…and baby’s too! Whatever kind of beans you want: kidney beans, navy beans, chickpeas, lentils, or green beans, they help you to go to the bathroom. This means that you are at a lesser risk of getting hemorrhoids. Being “regular” will also help you to feel comfortable – there is already enough going on in that area.
Greek Yogurt (Especially For Vegetarians). If you are a vegetarian, you know that getting protein can be difficult. Greek yogurt has a ton of protein which can help you to keep moving. It is also absolutely packed with calcium, so the baby’s skeleton will grow strong.
Incredible Edible Eggs. Another great source of protein, eggs are a great addition to any diet. They give you 12 vitamins and minerals on top of that – and at 90 calories, they are packed with what you need. Every cell that grows the baby requires a great deal of protein – so make sure you get a lot of it. Eggs can be a great departure from other meats that sometimes have trouble staying down in pregnant women.
Nuts! Eating nuts is something that gets recommended to anyone who is trying to be fairly healthy, and with good reason. They are an excellent way to get protein and fiber while you are on the go. Surrogates have a bunch of other things going on in their lives, so adding some walnuts or almonds to your bag to snack on throughout the day can be helpful.
Whole Grains Make You Feel A Whole Lot Better. There are so many options out there for whole grains, including popcorn, oatmeal, barley, and quinoa. Working a few of these into your daily diet can help you to get fiber, nutrients, selenium, phytonutrients, and vitamin E. There are so many choices out there, so this is a great opportunity to vary your diet.
Eat The Rainbow. When you are about to eat, make sure to look at your plate. There should be some color there. The baby can actually taste what you eat, so you want to give him or her some variety. This will increase the chances that the baby will want to eat different foods later in life.
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.