Gestational surrogates must pay close attention to their health throughout their pregnancy. Staying fit and healthy creates a good environment for the baby to grow and thrive. Always talk to your doctor about appropriate exercise during pregnancy, however, because every pregnancy is unique. Here are some tips to help get you thinking about staying fit and healthy during a surrogate pregnancy.
Swimming is a gentle, no-impact workout that can keep you moving without putting much strain on your body. Most community pools offer water aerobics classes designed specifically for pregnant women.
Brisk walking will get your heart rate up without forcing you into jerky, high-impact movements. Walking is an activity you can do with a partner, friend or family, creating bonding experiences while keeping you fit.
Three: Low-Impact Aerobics
Look for low-impact aerobic classes taught by a certified aerobics instructor. Many gyms, community groups and even hospitals have classes designed specifically for pregnant women. There are mixed reports on whether yoga is healthy for pregnant women, and the fact is, some poses should not be attempted while pregnant. If you are a yoga enthusiast, stick to prenatal classes.
Four: Follow a Solid Dietary Plan
Work with your doctor on a dietary plan for each stage of your pregnancy, and stick with it. If possible, work in tandem with a nutritionist who can help you design meals that are both healthy and delicious and stick to the guidelines suggested by your doctor.
Five: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Water is the foundation of life and it is important to keep yourself hydrated throughout your pregnancy. Water is especially important if you’re following a regular exercise routine, and as a bonus, water can help with nausea and prevent overeating.
Six: Get Plenty of Sleep
The further along you get, the more difficult it is to get a comfortable night’s rest, but you will want to prioritize sleep throughout your pregnancy. Sleep is what helps the body recover and recuperate, which is especially important during pregnancy when you need more rest than normal. Get a sleeping blindfold or blackout curtains to create a dark and cozy space that promotes eight hours of rest.
Seven: Listen to Your Body
Throughout your pregnancy, listen to what your body is telling you. If you feel tired, get more rest. If an activity feels too strenuous, don’t do it anymore. If you have any questions about an exercise activity or food choice, consult with your doctor.
If you are considering giving a family the gift of happiness by becoming a gestational surrogate, reach out to the experienced and caring team at Surrogate Solutions. Our case managers are all former surrogates and are happy to answer any questions you may have about becoming a surrogate or choosing an agency. Contact us today or fill out our surrogate application to get started.