Almost all reputable agencies offer post-delivery support for an additional 3–6 months where you will continue to have access to all of the agency resources such as support groups and psychological counseling. Many Surrogates decide to sign up for another journey within the next few years.
On average, a woman gains between 25 and 35 pounds during pregnancy. It can take women up to nine months, and sometimes even more, before they return to their previous weight. This may feel like a challenge and many surrogates find themselves especially uncomfortable with their weight gain.
Talk to your doctor to learn when you can begin physical activity after delivery. Most times, surrogates can safely start light physical activity, such as walking, within days after giving birth, but strenuous work will need to wait.
Depending on the birth method, surrogates experience varying degrees of soreness and pain in their vagial region. Usually, it takes three to seven days for this area to heal but sometimes it may take up to six weeks after delivery.
Applying ice packs to the area can help with relief. Over time, you can also take a sitz bath — a warm bath that targets and cleanses the affected area. Post-delivery, a surrogate can also expect vaginal bleeding, called “lochia.” It’s your body’s way of getting rid of all of the extra materials left in your uterus after the baby is born. Expect three to tren days of heavy bleeding, which will soon turn into a lighter discharge.
As a Surrogate, you most likely won't be breastfeeding. However, you will still have to face the discomfort that comes as your breasts begin to fill with milk that is not getting emptied. The good news is that there are ways you can manage the discomfort until your body stops producing milk.
In a cesarean delivery, you’ll face some additional challenges. Since you lost blood, you may experience fatigue. The area around your incision will also be sore. Your doctor should inform you about taking medicine for the pain, which can help feel more comfortable. However, make sure to take things easy and get adequate rest.
Surrogates can feel a sudden shift in responsibility upon the baby’s delivery which can be jarring. Emotions such as anxiety, sadness, or irritability are common. It is normally attributed to the normal changes in hormone levels during and after pregnancy. However, if they persist, communication with family and friends and seeking the appropriate emotional care are important.
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