Patriot Conceptions is dedicated to helping intended parents build families through surrogacy. We understand the surrogacy journey can be overwhelming, especially for potential surrogates navigating the medical approval process. Surrogates play an incredibly important role in the journey, and it's vital that they meet certain criteria to ensure the safety and success of the surrogacy process.
Before your medical screening visit at an IVF facility, it's important to understand what they're looking for in potential surrogates. Here are seven tips to help you get approved:
1. Be a Non-Smoker and Live in a Non-Smoking Home
Smoking not only poses risks to your health but can also adversely affect the child you're carrying. IVF facilities take this very seriously. It's crucial to ensure that both your living environment and lifestyle are smoke-free. Secondhand smoke can be as damaging as smoking yourself. Create a healthy, smoke-free zone at home and steer clear of environments where people smoke.
2. Say No to Drugs
It probably goes without saying, but using illegal drugs or abusing prescription medications can significantly reduce your chances of being approved as a surrogate. Not only do they affect your health, but they can also impact the developing fetus. Stay clear of drugs and ensure that any prescription medication you're on is approved by your healthcare provider.
3. Maintain a Healthy BMI
A Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or less is typically a requirement for surrogacy. A healthy BMI indicates a balanced weight in proportion to your height and can lead to fewer complications during pregnancy. If you're not sure where you stand, use a reliable BMI calculator online, and if necessary, work towards achieving a healthy weight.
4. Establish a Good Life Routine
A well-regulated daily routine means adequate sleep, a balanced work-life, and a good amount of physical activity. A steady routine prepares your body for pregnancy and indicates to IVF facilities that you can provide a stable environment for the baby's development.
5. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Drinking more water aids in detoxifying the body and maintaining optimum health. It ensures that your body functions effectively and can also assist in a smoother pregnancy. Aim for at least 8 glasses of water a day and adjust based on your physical activity and environment.
6. Focus on Healthy Eating
What you consume plays a direct role in your health and the health of the child you'll be carrying. Prioritize a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Avoid excessive caffeine, sugary snacks, and highly processed foods. Remember, a nourished body can better support a growing fetus.
7. Manage Stress
Stress can take a toll on both your mind and body. Engage in relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or even a hobby you love. Adequate rest, spending time with loved ones, and perhaps even joining a surrogate support group can help in mitigating stress.
Preparing for surrogacy is a beautiful journey filled with responsibility. At Patriot Conceptions, we're here to guide you every step of the way. By adhering to these tips, you not only increase your chances of approval at the IVF facility but also lay the foundation for a healthy and successful surrogacy journey.