Any woman preparing to carry a child is likely thinking about her body and overall health
This is especially true for women who are acting as gestational surrogates.
Getting their bodies into good shape and improving overall fitness can help prepare them both mentally and physically for the journey ahead.
Undergoing IVF with one’s own child can be fraught with emotion, hope, and frustration. With tensions running high, it can be hard to choose the right advice and stick to it. Since a gestational surrogate is slightly more emotionally removed, they tend to make sensible and practical choices.
Karen Erikson is a mom herself and has acted a surrogate in the past
She has a passion for educating others about the physical and mental process of becoming a surrogate.
Karen says that she is “not a fitness guru, and I love pizza and tacos more than I should.” When she decided to carry twins for another couple, she felt more motivated than ever to head to the gym and work out with a personal trainer so that she could “focus (her) exercises and get maximum results.” She recommends going the trainer route!
When Karen found out that the embryo transfer had been successful, she spoke with her doctor and received permission to continue exercising
She reduced core workouts, but focused on cardio in the form of walking, swimming and simple hikes. Never continue your exercise regime while pregnant without speaking to your doctor.
For Karen, a well-rounded diet was a key part of her pregnancy preparedness routine
She incorporated plenty of healthy fats and boosted her protein levels, and ate as healthfully as possible during her pregnancy.
Her biggest secret? Pineapple she says! After all, there is a reason why pineapple has long been a symbol of fertility.
Pineapple cores are high in bromelain, which is an anti-inflammatory that some suggest helps with embryo implantation.
Karen ate a lot of fresh pineapple and drank pineapple juice just after her embryo transfer. She even created a smoothie that she calls the “Stick Baby Stick!” It includes a lot of pineapple, as well as protein, healthy fats, and vitamins. It’s pretty darn tasty!
The “Stick Baby Stick” IVF Smoothie (credit to Karen Erikson)
½ an avocado
½ a frozen banana
½ cup frozen pineapple
Juice of ½ a lime
1 tsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp sun butter or any nut butter
240 mL unsweetened almond milk
Blend together and enjoy!
It makes sense that a surrogate has helpful tips on how to prepare for a healthy pregnancy. Will you take a page out of Karen’s book and try some of her tips above? Have you considered acting as a surrogate for a couple in the past, or would you consider working with one to carry your own baby? Let us know your thoughts!
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