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Surrogacy and Gestational Diabetes: How To Have A Healthy Pregnancy

By Katherine Doherty
Are you interested in becoming a surrogate mother in OK? This decision can be stressful. Still, if you’re also wondering how medical complications can play a role, that can be another layer. There is a lot of information you need to know about your surrogacy process. We want to make it as easy and accessible for you as possible. You need to know all the information you can, especially if you have a medical condition like gestational diabetes. If you want to learn more about what your surrogacy journey can look like with Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma when you have gestational diabetes, then keep reading!

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that some expectant women experience time during their pregnancy. It usually causes higher-than-normal blood sugar and typically goes away once you’ve delivered the baby. It is thought to be caused by all of the hormonal changes in your body and, like type 2 diabetes, is resistant to insulin.  Since it’s related to your hormone changes that resist insulin peaks at around the 26th to 33rd week of your gestational surrogacy, surrogate mothers with gestational diabetes are typically diagnosed during the second half of your pregnancy. If it is diagnosed, there are ways to manage your gestational diabetes. The problem is if it is not treated because you may experience complications. For more information, talk to your medical practitioner or surrogacy specialist.

Can You Be A Surrogate Mother With Gestational Diabetes?

If you have a history of gestational diabetes, you can still be a surrogate mother. However, your doctor will monitor you carefully and follow a strict dietary routine to reduce complications and symptoms. You can still have a healthy pregnancy while having gestational diabetes. The most important thing is to manage your condition by normalizing your blood sugar levels.

Complications From Gestational Diabetes As a Surrogate Mother

You may experience more complications during your pregnancy if you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Here are some of the complications you should be aware of:
  • Early labor and delivery before the due date
  • The baby may have a larger birth weight than normal
  • If the baby has a larger birth weight than normal, you may be at risk of injury
  •  You are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future and gestational diabetes again
  • The baby is also at risk for developing diabetes later in life 
Although these complications can be serious, you can still have a healthy pregnancy and reduce the risk of having complications before or during delivery.

Ways To Have A Healthy Surrogacy Pregnancy

Here are some ways you can have a healthy baby and pregnancy if you have gestational diabetes as a surrogate mother:
  • Spread out your meals, and spread out your carby foods. It’s important to be aware of the amount of fat, sugar, and carbs you’re eating. Eating small foods during the day rather than three large meals is best.
  • Stay active throughout your surrogacy pregnancy. You can’t manage your blood levels alone with just exercise. Staying active while aware of your carb intake is important.
  • Breakfast is important! This is because blood sugar can be hard to control in the morning since you have fluctuations in your hormone levels.
  • Strictly limit the number of sweets and desserts you eat. You want to limit your carbohydrate intake, which means avoiding foods with a lot of fat and little nutrition.
Your diet should consist of high fiber and low-fat foods and regular exercise. Make sure to talk to your doctor if you have a medical or family history of diabetes.

Working With Surrogacy Agencies

You need to have your blood sugar routinely checked during your pregnancy to ensure you are safe and healthy. At Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of OK, we are committed to ensuring you have a safe and healthy pregnancy. That means providing you with the medical assistance you need. This includes helping you schedule OBGYN appointments, being your only point of contact, and even helping with transportation. Along with that, we can also provide you with medical and legal services to make the whole surrogacy process as smooth as possible.

A Final Note From Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma

The most important takeaway from this post is this: if you were diagnosed with gestational diabetes, it is 100% NOT your fault. You can not control the hormonal changes in your body. But, we know you’re doing a great job, and we know how selfless you are for choosing surrogacy in Oklahoma and helping intended parents become a family. At the end of the day, you commit to carrying a baby for someone else. That means we are here to make sure that goes according to plan and keep you safe and healthy.  Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma is a surrogacy and adoption agency licensed by the state of Oklahoma and a leader in the community. We assist both intended parents and gestational carriers (surrogates). Our staff members are committed to providing an ethical, empowering, and personalized experience to all involved in the surrogacy process. Toll-free: 800-898-6028 | OKC Local: 405-755-1999 | Tulsa Local: 918-447-7777 | Text: 405-201-6643Email

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