Four Great Self-Care Tips for Gestational Carriers
It’s no secret that gestational carriers are unsung heroes to many people. When you sign on to become a gestational carrier, you know that you’re truly aiding those who are in need of your help. It’s also no secret that these amazing women are some of the most selfless human beings on this planet. Think about it: they’re willingly going through a pregnancy on behalf of others. That said, it’s so important for gestational carriers to remember that they also must take care of themselves during the gestational surrogacy journey.
Pregnancy has a tendency to wear you out. So this week, Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno is going to offer up some self-care tips for gestational carriers.
Before we get started, keep in mind that some of these can be considered common sense practices. We don’t mention them because we think you don’t already know, dear carriers. We mention them because the occasional friendly reminder is good for everyone.
Tip #1: Get Some Sleep
This does seem like an obvious tip...especially to a pregnant woman. However, it is incredibly important! Not only does getting the right amount of sleep benefit you physically (ongoing sleep deficiency can lead to an increased chance of heart disease, kidney disease, and even stroke), but it also does wonders for your mental health. Getting the right amount of sleep can reduce stress and help avoid illnesses.
If you’re not one to get to sleep easily, there are pregnancy-friendly ways to get some z’s. Avoiding electronics can aid with getting some sleep, as can keeping a regular bed/wake-up time.
Tip #2: Journal Your Feelings
This is a tried-and-true way to get any negative thoughts and feelings out. Being a gestational carrier, especially a first-time one, you may feel stress and pressure more often than you’re used to. Whether you’ve been journaling your entire life, or you’ve never been the type, jotting down your feelings has amazing mental health benefits. It can also help you prioritize problems and concerns.
An added bonus to keeping a journal? You can gift the journal you keep during your pregnancy to the intended parents that you’ve been matched with. Obviously, the intended parents are unable to experience the one-of-a-kind adventure that pregnancy is. Offering them a pregnancy journal is not only an extremely thoughtful gift, it’s incredibly personal.
Tip #3: Take a Walk
While we’re going through the ups and downs that COVID-19 has to offer, getting out into the wide world is still an intimidating concept to many. However, the benefits to getting up and moving around are too important to ignore. Much like getting enough sleep, moving around can do wonders for your health, generally. Taking a regular brisk walk can improve your mood, prevent heart disease, and more. Of course, take it at your own pace. As your pregnancy progresses, you will want to take things a bit slower.
You can also get to know your neighborhood while you walk around. Bringing along your partner or spouse, kids or pets can help get in some quality time, which is only a good thing!
Tip #4: Take Time to Yourself
This is one of the most important things that you can do for yourself. It ties in to the journalling that we mentioned before, as well. Taking the opportunity to be alone can be scary for some. Many people thrive on being around others. For others, the idea of spending time alone is a welcome concept. The benefits to “alone time” are numerous, and nothing to scoff at. Not only can you come to discover your own voice (much like when you’re journaling), it gives you an opportunity to improve your relationship with others. You can also get to know yourself a bit more. Alone time is inherently vital to anyone’s mental health. This is especially important in our current times.
Self-Care Tips for Gestational Carriers
When push comes to shove, you know better than anyones what you need to do to take care of yourself. Whether you need to be around friends or family to feel replenished, or you need an hour or so to yourself, getting in touch with what you need is so important. Remember, your mental well-being is just as important as your physical well-being as you perform as a gestational carrier. Take it easy, be patient with yourself, and continue to be the wonderful human being that you are!
Were there any tips that you wish you’d seen on this list? Any that you were happy to see? Let us know in the comments! If you’re looking to become a gestational carrier yourself, or are hoping to become an intended parent, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have, and get you started on your gestational surrogacy journey.
Be safe and be well, friends!