It is important that the surrogate mother stay in great shape and high spirits while carrying the baby for the intended parents. In order to ensure this it is necessary that the surrogate mothers doctors maintain her health and progress regularly. The following are important tips on how to keep the surrogate mother in sound health while monitoring for any deterioration in her status in order to be able to act quickly if something is not right.
Prenatal checkups should be done with religious regularity. Slightest hint that the surrogate mother should feel she is running any fever or get an infection the matter should be brought to the immediate notice of the clinic. The care provider should attend to and give his undivided attention to the surrogate mother. Any bleeding, discharge or pain must be reported without any loss of further time.
The surrogate mother should be on a balanced diet consisting of nutritious food and get enough folic acid. All the food groups should be covered, including proteins, carbohydrates, fats, fruits and vegetables, in the right proportions. The surrogate mother should make it a point to drink at least 96 ounces of water in a day. Asking the care provider to get the right kind of food is very important for maintaining surrogate mother’s health.
A surrogate mother should stay active. If the surrogate mother doesn’t have any pregnancy related complications, she should be inspired to do exercises on a regular basis. Walking and swimming could be a great physical work out leading to a smooth and healthy delivery. Here the care provider has a significant role to play. He should closely monitor the surrogate mother’s regular exercise regime so she stays fit and is ready for the day of delivery. The care provider must also guide her on the safety aspects of the activities she is doing during the pregnancy.
The surrogate mother needs plenty of rest as well. This is required for the growth of the baby, it will grow six million times in size for which the mother’s rest plays a significant role. It is thus advisable for the surrogate mother to retire to bed early and get up late. She should try to lie down on her left as much as possible as the pregnancy reaches an advanced stage. There is no hurry, quick movements should be avoided.
The surrogate mother should consult her care provider before taking any non prescribed medicine, especially those available over the counter. Some over these medicines have been responsible for disruption in pregnancies. So it is always advisable to be cautious.
Both the surrogate mother and her care provider should envisage any potential threat that might harm the health of the surrogate mother and a healthy delivery. Needless to say tobacco, alcohol, drugs and too much caffeine is a strict ‘NO’. Exposure to paint, varnish, smoke, fumes and glue are to be avoided as well.
When a surrogate mother needs to ride a car as per circumstantial demand, she must ensure that she has fastened the seat belt. The care provider must without fail act as an escort to the surrogate mother on her outdoor program. The schedule of a surrogate mother should be recorded in a log book which must be signed by both the care provider and surrogate mother. This could be an effective tool in monitoring her regular activities that could contribute to maintaining her in sound health.