6 Self-Care Tips for Gestational Carriers
Gestational carriers are extremely selfless individuals who make the decision to help other families achieve their dream of having children. By carrying a child to term for intended parents, gestational carriers help make something that may have seemed impossible a reality. As a gestational carrier, going through another pregnancy can have many effects on your body. In order to help make your pregnancy as smooth as possible, Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado is here to share some self-care tips for gestational carriers.
Self-Care Tips for Gestational Carriers
Making the decision to help change intended parents’ lives by helping them have a child of their own is extremely rewarding in itself. As a gestational carrier, you probably already understand what pregnancy is like and have already carried at least one child to term. As with any pregnancy, self-care for gestational carriers is extremely important to ensuring health during gestation. Here are some self-care tips that can help make your experience as comfortable as possible:
- Make sure that you have a support system
Saying that pregnancy can be overwhelming sometimes is an understatement. As a gestational carrier, it is so important to ensure that you have a solid support system for the more difficult times. Support systems can consist of family members, friends, co-workers, support groups, pets and more. Having someone who is there for you is one of the most important ways to take care of yourself during pregnancy!
- Ensure that you are active, but also getting enough rest
When your body goes through a drastic change, like pregnancy, it’s so important not to overwork yourself. Exercise during pregnancy has been linked to many positive health benefits, so definitely don’t shy away from going for a walk or swim. However, making sure that you are getting enough sleep and rest is also crucial to keeping your body healthy and strong during pregnancy. In this case, finding a balance between exercise and rest that works for you is incredibly valuable.
- Fuel your body with healthy foods
During your pregnancy, you will be eating for two. Eating healthy and nourishing your body will not only help you to feel better, but will also help the baby receive essential nutrients. So, making sure to eat fruits and vegetables, foods that contain protein, and calcium-containing dairy products are all important to having a balanced diet for both you and the baby. That being said, it’s still fair for you to have cravings and to satisfy them. Moderation is key!
- Take time to do the things that you love
As a gestational carrier, it is obvious that you are a very selfless person who is dedicated to helping other people. However, it is so important for you to prioritize yourself and do the things that you love during your pregnancy. Whether it’s taking the time to cook a new dish, re-watch your favorite TV show, or call your friends, it’s important to indulge yourself. Having a method of relaxation and stress relief during your pregnancy is essential.
- Enjoy some time outdoors
Taking a break to go for a walk or see some natural sights can be extremely refreshing during your pregnancy, especially if you have been spending a lot of time indoors. Many studies have proven that just being outside has great benefits for stress relief and for your overall health. Along with this, spending time outside in the sun (with proper sun protection) can help your body produce its own Vitamin D. Going outside to get a breath of fresh air can have more benefits than you may have realized.
- Make sure to pamper yourself
Taking the time to pamper yourself can also contribute to feelings of relaxation and stress reduction. Whether it’s taking a hot bath, doing face masks or getting a massage, pampering yourself not only feels great, but can also help increase self love. Treating yourself during your pregnancy can serve as a great reward for your generosity in helping out intended parents.
It is so important to ensure that you are taking good care of yourself and your body during your pregnancy. Along with these six self-care tips, there are plenty of other things that you can do to reward yourself and increase your comfort. Either way, don’t forget to indulge in the things you love from time to time.
Are You Interested in Becoming a Gestational Carrier?
Making the decision to become a gestational carrier is one that will be extremely rewarding for both you and the intended parents who you partner with. If you are interested in helping change lives through becoming a gestational carrier, Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado is here to support you. Along with self-care tips, we will make sure you have legal representation, medical care, and hands-on support throughout the entire surrogacy process. We also have resources to help match gestational carriers with fitting intended parents! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for more information or with any questions that you may have.
If you are interested in surrogacy and want to learn more about your options, contact Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Call us: 720-371-1099, Call or Text us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.
Meet the Author: Ashley Nies is an undergraduate student at Stanford University who is studying Human Biology and Political Science. Ashley is largely interested in various aspects of health and healthcare, and writes about these topics. She has taken classes on rhetoric, ethics and social media in health, as well as other creative writing classes during her freshman year at Stanford.
Ashley is from Las Vegas, Nevada, and considers herself to be fun-loving and adventurous. She values the importance of combining STEM with liberal arts education and hopes to integrate these in her writing.