21 Feb What Are the Responsibilities of a Surrogate?
Assuming a contract was put in place between the surrogate mother and the future parents, it is the job of a surrogate mother to fulfill all of the commitments contained in her gestational surrogacy contract. These commitments can include, but are not limited to:
Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle
A healthy lifestyle is very crucial during the surrogacy process. Your decisions have an impact, not only on your family, but on the family of the baby you are carrying as well. By taking care of your health, you will be able to make the best possible beginning for this child and their family.
Each of the major food groups contribute essential nutrients that you and the baby need to develop properly. Make sure your plate looks like a rainbow, which means including many varying colors of fruits and vegetables!
You should avoid dehydration as it is a leading cause of preterm labor. Water also helps transfer important vitamins and minerals to the baby! While more common in the summer months, dehydration is possible year-round, so please be sure to monitor your water intake!
While exercise during pregnancy is typically considered safe, it is essential to plan with your doctor. Thirty minutes of low-impact activity is recommended daily. If you are already very active, you may be able to continue your previous routine with some moderation.
Adhering to All Prescriptions
Prior to the transmission of your embryo, you will be prescribed prenatal vitamins to ensure that you and the child you are carrying receive essential nutrients to support strong growth and development. A healthy diet does not necessarily guarantee that every nutrient is present, so allow these gaps to be filled by a quality prenatal vitamin.
Keeping Doctor Appointments
You may have experienced pregnancy before. If that is the case, listen to your body. You might want to log pregnancy symptoms, including weight gain and medications that you take. This will help you tune in to uncommon symptoms that you might wish to bring to the attention of your doctor.
Cooperating with All Legal Processes
One of the most important obligations of a surrogate mother is to discharge all claims to the child and ensure that the intended parents receive custody of their baby.
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