Most candidates interested in becoming a surrogate believe that the main reward lies in helping others achieve their dreams. After all, being able to carry a child is a gift, not everybody has. Using that gift to help a family grow gives a surrogate the power to make a significant difference in others’ lives. However, what many surrogates don’t know is that in addition to the emotional reward, surrogacy also offers several physical rewards. There are many health benefits that come with being a surrogate mother. Below, we will take a quick look at five ways you can benefit from embarking on a rewarding surrogate journey.
Healthy Habits Are Developed and Retained
Being in good health is a pre-requisite to become a surrogate. However, a lot of surrogate mothers develop additional healthy behaviors during their surrogacy journey. These include consuming more balanced meals and cutting caffeine from their diets. Surrogacy candidates implement these healthy habits very early in their journey when they are still trying to get pregnant. With these habits in place before and during the pregnancy, they are very likely to become part of the surrogate’s natural behavior later on. Maintaining this healthy lifestyle long after the child is born leads to improved health and wellness for the surrogate.
The Risk of Ovarian Cancer is Lowered
Research has shown that the risk of getting ovarian cancer is lower in women who had given birth and that the risks decrease more with every pregnancy. Scientists believe that the reason for this is that the ovaries get time to rest when a woman is pregnant. When a woman is not pregnant, the cells actively divide on a monthly basis during a woman’s cycle, leaving her more susceptible to cancer.
The Risk of Breast Cancer is Lowered
Studies have shown a link between hormone bursts and breast cancer. Each month, the female ovaries normally produce hormones in large amounts to maintain a menstrual cycle. Research has found a higher incidence of breast cancer in women who begin their menstrual periods earlier in life, and those who reach menopause later than usual. Similarly, the more time spent being pregnant, the fewer times the female body is exposed to these hormone bursts, making women who get pregnant less prone to breast cancer.
You May Live Longer
Cultivating healthy habits and staying cancer-free will naturally improve longevity. But surrogacy also can increase life expectancy in yet another way, according to research. Danish scientists have found that some cells pass through the placenta, from the fetus to the carrier. The name for this process is microchimerism. These fetal cells are likely to stay in the surrogate mother’s body for life. Among the approximately 300 women involved in the study, those who had male microchimerism, which may be due to having a blood transfusion, being a twin, or carrying a male child, lived longer. The study found that a larger number of women carrying the Y chromosome lived longer than women who did not. Over 80% of women with the chromosome lived until age 80, while just over 65% of those without the chromosome lived an equal amount of time.
Your Heart May Be Happier
Helping a family grow and being a significant part of someone’s journey to motherhood or fatherhood is sure to make your heart flutter with happiness. But in addition to this, you may also have better heart health as a result of being a surrogate. Several studies have shown a significant reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease after pregnancy. A new study has also concluded that women who had experienced at least four pregnancies are less likely to have a stroke.
Being a surrogate comes with a lot of life-changing benefits. If you would like to help make someone else’s dream of becoming a parent a reality, you can contact Physician’s Surrogacy at www.physicianssurrogacy.com or call (858) 209-3801, and learn all about surrogacy and what it can offer you.