It’s important to stay active while you’re pregnant. For surrogates, exercising while pregnant helps improve heart health, reduce lower back pain, and in some cases, may even shorten your labor time. Beyond the biophysical benefits, exercise can help you stay mentally and emotionally fit as well. Exercise can help reduce stress and maintain your mental wellbeing.
The intensity of your workouts should be based on your level of fitness prior to getting pregnant. Consult your OB to determine whether your workouts are appropriate and safe during pregnancy.
There are countless benefits surrogates can gain from exercise while carrying—and needless to say, it’s important to stay at peak performance throughout the pregnancy. Regardless of your pre-pregnancy routine, the following exercises can be incorporated into your schedule.
Walking is excellent exercise anytime—especially during pregnancy. Part of what makes walking a great choice for a pregnant woman is its applicability to everyday life.
You can take a stroll around your neighbourhood or go for a hike in the woods at the end of a workday. You may be pressed for time and need to fit a few shorter walks into your daily routine, including walking around a local mall or grocery store while conquering household chores.
If you’re feeling particularly good that day, you can pick up the pace to increase the benefits of the workout. A brisk walk will work your heart and lungs without jarring your joints. When you’re feeling less peppy, you can slow your speed but still get the steps in.
If you’re part of a surrogacy support group—or happen to have a group of friends and family that are available—consider setting up a group walk to get everybody up and out of the house during your pregnancy.
Swimming is also a great exercise for pregnant women. In addition to the cardio benefits, the feeling of weightlessness in the water can alleviate some of the discomforts women experience during the second and third trimesters. Swollen ankles or feet, backaches and hip pains are likely to experience some relief while the pregnant carrier gets her heart pumping.
Not only can swimming alleviate physical stress, but it works your largest muscle groups (your arms and legs) and can help reduce discomfort due to overheating. For all of you summer surrogates, consider getting a few laps in!
Prenatal yoga is an excellent choice for pregnant surrogates. You don’t have to be an expert yogi to enjoy this exercise and reap the benefits of the practice.
Prenatal yoga classes are designed to challenge women of all skill levels. Whether you were already practising yoga before you were matched with your Intended Parents or you’ve never even seen a yoga mat, you can benefit from attending a prenatal yoga class.
One of the greatest benefits of prenatal yoga is the attention to individual aches and discomforts. Most yoga instructors will ask pregnant women what discomforts they’re experiencing that week and will incorporate moves/stretches to help reduce the discomfort(s) during the class.
You can continue to practice the poses you learned at home, prolonging the benefits on days when you’re just not feeling so comfortable and need some good stretching.
Exercises to Avoid
While exercise is beneficial to pregnant surrogates, it should be limited to safe routines and/or those that have been suggested by a doctor.
Pregnant women should avoid any exercises that are extremely demanding—so exercises like high-intensity cardio workouts and heavy weightlifting are absolutely not recommended.
As a surrogate, you should always steer clear of any movements that might throw off your balance and increase your chances of falling or harming the baby. Choose wisely and when in doubt, consult your OB.
As long as you stick to the safe, easy exercises deemed appropriate for pregnant surrogates, you’ll find enormous benefit from staying fit throughout each and every one of your trimesters.
The Importance And Timing Of A Gestational Surrogacy Agreement
The importance of a properly written Gestational Surrogacy Agreement cannot be overemphasized. The timing of the preparation, finalization, and execution of the said agreement is equally important although there are different schools of thought. After 15 years of working exclusively as an Assisted Reproductive Technology Lawyer and with a focus on Surrogacy Law, it is my firm belief that no medical procedure should occur prior to the Gestational Surrogacy Agreement being signed.
The timing of the agreement is subject to the drafting surrogacy lawyer, the nature of the relationship of the parties involved, the language in the agreement regarding termination of the agreement, and the agency involved (if applicable) in the surrogacy arrangement.
1. Privacy Standards: A properly written contract should include releases of privacy rights otherwise protected by HIPAA. This allows the free flow of information from the medical providers. Without it, the medical providers may be unable to share the Surrogate Mother’s information regarding the outcome of the procedure with the Intended Parent(s), to which they should be entitled. In addition, the Surrogate Mother may desire medical information about the Intended Parent(s) so she may make an informed decision prior to proceeding with the medical procedures and ultimate embryo transfer. The Surrogate Mother having the contractual right to be provided that information can be crucial in making such a decision.
2. Agreement of Rights and Obligations: The Gestational Surrogacy Agreement ensures that all parties understand the rights and obligations of everyone when proceeding with the surrogacy journey. A detailed agreement can extend the conversation of topics that the parties believed to have been agreed upon, or had not yet been thought of, and negotiations can be handled by a qualified and experienced surrogacy lawyer. No harm results because the Gestational Surrogacy Agreement should automatically terminate upon a medical provider’s discretion. This language should be within all Gestational Surrogacy Agreements. Once again, without it, the parties simply have no obligation to one another to proceed or to cover the expenses or to comply with directives.
3. Depends on Surrogacy Agency/ Surrogacy Lawyer: All legal expenses may be inclusive, depending on the surrogacy agency, and the surrogacy agency may offer a guarantee program that ensures the Intended Parent(s) are not at financial risk. Tomorrow’s Parents International, LLC’s surrogacy agency program is such that it covers these legal expenses, agency fees, and escrow management fees while offering a full commitment. Therefore, the drafting or reviewing surrogacy lawyer has nothing to gain financially as a result of the Gestational Surrogacy Agreement being signed prior to any medical procedures.
Surrogacy should not be monetarily driven by anyone involved; therefore, no one gains financially with the Gestational Surrogacy Agreement in effect in a timely manner, yet potentially everyone may be left exposed and vulnerable without a said contract in place prior to medical procedures.