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Tips for Managing Weight Gain During Pregnancy
So, you’ve decided to become a surrogate mother, but you have questions about how to manage weight gain during pregnancy. Here are some of the most important tips to consider as you embark on this exciting journey.
1) You Won’t Need That Many Extra Calories
There is a myth out there that women can eat whatever they want during pregnancy because they’re eating for two. In reality, this isn’t the case. Yes, you have a life growing inside of you, but according to doctors, you will gain an average of 25 to 35 pounds during your pregnancy by eating 300 extra calories per day. Although it might seem like a lot, that’s actually very little food! You can easily consume that amount with a healthy snack of Greek yogurt, carrot sticks with hummus, or a granola bar. However, if you do get some cravings, it’s okay to cheat once in a while.
2) Remember to Drink Lots of Water
We all know drinking water is good for our health and that the go-to standard is about six to eight cups of water per day. However, there are also a variety of other benefits that water can offer for your pregnancy, from delivering oxygen through the body to cushioning sensitive tissues.
3) It’s Okay to Exercise
In most cases, you can continue to do what you did before your pregnancy. For example, if you were exercising at the gym every day, you can continue to do so. Most experts agree that exercise is safe, but be sure to confirm this with your doctor before starting a workout routine during pregnancy. Even if you didn’t exercise before you got pregnant, it’s advisable to go for a walk every day. If you aren’t able to get out and exercise, just try to stay active around the house. This will enable you to bounce back quickly after you have your baby.
Advice for Surrogates
As a surrogate mother, it’s important to remember that gaining weight is normal during a pregnancy. Most of the weight gained from pregnancy is from the baby itself, water weight and placenta. You might gain a few extra pounds from the pregnancy, but if you eat well and try to stay active, you shouldn’t have much difficulty going back to your original weight after the baby is born.
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