Along with recovering emotionally from your surrogacy journey, your body will be on the road to recovery as well. One of the drawbacks to being pregnant is the potential to gain weight. We are going to discuss a few ways to deal with the inevitable weight gain and help that surrogate weight fall off quickly. This is especially important if you want to potentially start another surrogacy journey.
Pump your breast milk regularly
It’s no secret that breast milk contains essentially all the nutrients that babies require to maintain their health through the first 6-12 months of their life
However, being a gestational mother, this can be a little tricky. What should you do since the child will not be staying with you and you are unable to feed them?
The best way is to get a breast pump and pump breast milk as often as a child would eat. We recommend every few hours. The reason is – you will burn around 200 to 500 calories each day by pumping your milk. Pumping will cause the fat in your body to be sucked out, which would normally contain the nutrients to feed a child. It has been reported by many women that pumping has helped them lose the baby weight in as little as 5 weeks.
To achieve the best results for weight loss, you should pump breast milk consistently and regularly. This will keep up the milk supply, thereby burning more calories and keeping up the weight loss.
Another question related to pumping is whether women should increase their daily calorie intake during this period. Our suggestion is that, if you are trying to lose pregnancy weight, you should maintain your normal calorie intake. Your focus should be on maintaining your normal calorie intake.
It may be hard to understand why you don’t need to increase your calorie intake. When you think about it, taking in more calories to compensate for calories lost during breastfeeding, may increase your chances of gaining weight. You may end up overcompensating, therefore eating more than necessary.
Find a yoga class
Even though it may seem simple, it’s totally true. Group fitness and yoga classes are an excellent way for a gestational carrier to lose her surrogacy weight.
Yoga can also help you deal with the emotions you’re feeling after your surrogacy journey, and help your body heal.
Since you have just given birth and might be a little busy, yoga and instructed classes can be a great alternative to help you lose weight. You might not have the time or energy to go to the gym and workout according to your normal schedule. You might need an instructor to take the burden off your shoulders so you can have a great workout.
It’s a given that you won’t lose weight without eating. Not to mention while being a surrogate, you’ll be under a lot of emotional stress. There will be hormones running through your body which is not going to help you lose weight.
If you want to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight, going right for the donuts that you were craving throughout your pregnancy will slow the process down. You may find that donuts and other sweets will not help you along your journey. If you maintain a healthy diet that is rich in protein and have properly portioned meals while you are pregnant then it should be much easier to lose weight after the birth of the child.
You can fill your diet with protein and nutrient rich foods such as the following:
- Assorted blackberries and blueberries
- Eggs/Egg whites
- Bell peppers and onions
- Protein filled meats such as chicken and fish
- Protein filled grains such as quinoa
Schedule a check-up with your doctor
At Physician’s Surrogacy, we understand how hard it can be for surrogate mothers going to all their appointments constantly for 10 to 12 months. So, the last thing you want is to do is go back to the doctor and wait for an appointment. But a few weeks after your delivery, some blood tests could help you understand your hormone levels, where there is a need for improvement in your diet, and how you may be able to change those numbers.
Recently, we have been informed by few gestational mothers that they’ve been stressed after birthing the baby, and it’s difficult to get their life back on track. Having a blood test done, can also give you an idea of how high your cortisol levels are. It turns out that a high level of cortisol increases belly fat and causes all kinds of imbalances. This can easily be addressed with treatments that your doctors suggest such as an adrenal supplement.
If you’re struggling to lose your pregnancy weight, don’t hesitate to contact your physician.
Use a calorie tracker
Over the last decade, there have been many technological advances and innovations. One such advancement is a daily calorie tracker. There are many applications available for free that you can use on your smartphone.
We not only encourage surrogate mothers, but everyone to use such applications to track their daily calorie intake. It’s a healthy practice to do so and a fundamental part of losing surrogacy pregnancy weight.
A surrogacy journey is an emotional and complex medical process that can change lives and bring joy to all involved. Our team of physicians and other medical professionals work diligently to ensure a smooth journey.
Physician’s Surrogacy is committed to finding motivated surrogate candidates. If you are thinking about embarking on another surrogacy journey, don’t hesitate to reach out. You can visit us at www.physicianssurrogacy.com or call (858) 342-3327 to schedule a free consultation.