BMI In Surrogacy

BMI in Surrogacy

BMI in Surrogacy is such an aggravation for many women who so badly want to be a surrogate but don’t fit into the requirements of having a BMI at 30 or less. Agencies get blamed and lashed out at for this but the truth is it is the discretion of the clinic. Nobody wants the liability of approving a surrogate whose BMI is over the limit. The higher BMI puts the surrogate at an increased risk for Gestational Diabetes, high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia, and a host of other complications that wouldn’t benefit the baby or the surrogate. All parties involved are not willing to take that sort of risk and put someone’s life endanger.

With that said, I’ve had several requests and input from other surrogate moms including myself who needed to shed weight in a healthy way. We are by ALL means not medical doctors so speaking with a medical doctor IS advised before beginning ANY health program or restrictive diet.

We’ve read numerous emails, articles, books, and listened to testimonials from other surrogate moms about what works and what does not. Weight is something many struggle with and if you struggle it can be a HUGE frustration that many times even leads to depression. Even for those that have no desire to become a surrogate but maybe need or want to lose weight for other reasons, we hope you find this beneficial and helpful.

Many people in our country struggle with food allergies or sensitivities they didn’t know they had. Some may never notice but their weight could be the indicator that they have an allergy or intolerance to a particular food/drink. The best way to find out if you suffer from food allergies is to eliminate it and see if anything changes. Above everything you read, you MUST learn to read your own body and LISTEN to it! It will actually speak to you if you pay attention. Below is a list of 6 items to avoid completely. Try it for 4 weeks and see if you notice a difference in either the way you feel, your skin or your weight.

Foods to avoid completely for those concerned with BMI in Surrogacy

ALCOHOL

DAIRY

CRUNCHY SNACKS

BREAD

PASTA

SUGAR

Further explanation and food suggestions:

Dairy (this does NOT include eggs! Eggs are NOT a dairy! Don’t get confused. It’s a chicken! Eat as MANY as you want but cook in olive oil, not butter and don’t add cheese!!)

Crunchy Snacks – (ie, chips, pretzels, goldfish, snacks in general that are crispy.) Snacks you can have are UNLIMITED amounts of fresh fruit with NO sugar added. Unlimited amounts of nuts of any kind as long as you have no nut allergy

Bread – – Unless you are milling the wheat and baking flour tortillas with oil water and salt, avoid altogether for now and add back slowly once desired weight is attained. Everything in moderation remember.

PASTA (eat as much brown rice as you want but NO pasta at all until desired weight is attained and then slowly introduce back into diet eating in moderation only.)

When cooking brown rice, add enough water (1/2 cup more than what you would use for white rice. Do NOT buy instant! Cook longer than white rice usually by adding at least 20 minutes but monitor closely. Make sure you cook it all the way and don’t use butter. Either flavor with oil, salt and pepper or you can add cooked egg, onions, and soy sauce for basic fried rice. If you like fried rice, you can pretty much eat it every night for dinner adding broiled chicken, mushrooms, onions, fried eggs, soy sauce, any vegetables you want, etc.

What you can eat…. As many vegetables and fruit as you want. When flavoring veggies just don’t use dairy (no butter.) Use olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic or any other seasonings but no dressings. Make sure all fruit is washed well and eaten without additives or sugar flavoring of any kind. Fruits should be eaten in the natural state and no canned fruits should be eaten. Veggies should be fresh or frozen. Little to NO canned unless desperate and it’s all you have. You can eat meats but they should not be processed. Eat as much in the natural state as you can. Seasoning and grilling, broiling or baking in the oven is best. If you have a large amount of weight to lose cut out Sausage at first and add as the weight comes off. Stick to lean meats and fish like tilapia, salmon or ANY type of fish that you can season and broil, bake or cook without breading. Don’t eat ANYTHING fried. If you have an intolerance to meat, eat fish and if you can’t eat fish you could have dry beans. These have to be soaked and cooked properly. All that can be researched via the internet.

We hope this helps those trying to shed pounds and those who are above the guidelines for BMI in surrogacy. It has been proven effective for a number of people we know and hope it continues to be proven affective for others. Drink only water, unsweetened tea and coffee with no sweeteners. You can have juice IF you use a juicer or drink Simply orange that has no sugar added and is only fresh squeezed oranges.

If you would like more information about becoming a surrogate mother or about surrogacy in general, please contact Surrogates Across America.

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