How to Deal with Surrogacy During COVID-19
Living through a global pandemic, it is understandable to feel as though you are walking on uncharted territory. You are probably asking yourself what this could mean for you and your surrogacy journey. How will surrogacy work during COVID-19? Is it safe? Should you wait to start the process?What should you, as a surrogate, be aware of?These are all valid concerns. But, before you begin to panic and start causing unneeded stress on your body, know that things are slowly settling down and into a renewed sense of normal.
First, you must understand that you are not alone in this process. One of the best things about surrogacy is the incredible support team you are blessed with. Even though your loved ones and the intended parents cannot be with you physically, they will always be there for you, supporting you every step of the way.
We at Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada care about you too and want to make sure you feel safe and supported during such trying times.
Surrogacy During COVID-19
For the last several months, everyone has been trying to collect their bearings. Ever since March 2020, the whole world has shifted. We have all been confined to our homes and only allowed to interact with our immediate household. But what does this mean for you as a surrogate? How will this pandemic affect you and your pregnancy?
Keep in mind that your health, both physical and mental, should be your top priority. It would be best if you did everything you can to go to every single one of your prenatal appointments. Get in touch with your primary healthcare provider and ask them what their in-office protocols are.
Ask them for recommendations on how you can take better care of yourself, the baby and any questions you might have regarding the delivery. Make sure you keep the intended parents in the loop if, for any reason, they cannot attend the appointments. Remember that technology is your friend. Offer to get in touch with them via video call during your examination. This way, they will still be a part of the experience and feel closer to their child.
Always follow the Center for Disease Controls (CDC) safety guidelines when venturing out into the world.
- Practice social distancing. The CDC recommends that you remain a minimum of six (6) feet away from people.
- Wash your hands frequently for twenty (20) seconds.
- If you cannot wash your hands, use hand sanitizer with at least sixty (60) percent alcohol.
- Wear a mask whenever you are near anyone with a face mask.
- Try to stay away from people not wearing a mask. If possible, politely ask them to wear a face-covering whenever they are with you.
- Keep away from overly crowded areas and avoid large gatherings.
Though it may be hard to do, try to keep a safe distance between you and others if you can try to find someone to do the grocery shopping and errands for you. During this time, the less contact you have with the outside world, the better.
The current situation can take a toll on the mind and body. As a surrogate, self-care should be your top priority. This includes maintaining a healthy diet, keeping hydrated and doing a low-impact workout routine. If for any reason, you are beginning to feel a little cooped-up, a nice brisk walk outside on a trail is good for both your physical and mental state. Walking outside with your immediate household is considered low risk and a great way to get you out of the confines of your home.
Remember that your mental health is equally as important as your physical health, especially during a global pandemic. Make sure that you maintain an open line of communication between you and your mental healthcare practitioner.
Creating a low-stress environment for yourself is essential. Take this time to relax and find things that will help keep you calm. For example, reading a book, taking a long bubble bath, meditating, or discovering a new hobby such as painting. Choose whatever you feel will keep your mind at ease.
Maintain an Open Line of Communication
Maintain an open line of communication between you and the intended parents. Just like you, they are going through the motions of having to deal with this pandemic. Keeping them well informed can help set their minds at ease.
One of the great things now is how easy it is to keep in touch with one another. Thanks to modern technology, you will be able to connect with them via video chat. Having direct contact with the intended parents will help strengthen your relationship and build trust. Remember the key to any great relationship is trust. It’s only natural for the intended parents to worry about the safety of their unborn child.
Note for Surrogates
If you can, try to not make everything about the coronavirus. Though it may be hard, it is important that you take some time to relax and focus on what is really important, the surrogacy journey. Turn on the radio and listen to your favorite music, and dance as if no one is watching. Take time to care for yourself and those in your home.
Stay positive and take care of yourself!
Adoption Choices of Nevada has been providing adoption and surrogacy services across in Nevada since 2012. For information more general to Las Vegas, please visit our site Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Las Vegas. For information specific to Reno, please visit our sister site Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno. You can also call us to speak to someone now. Contact Us 24/7: CALL OR TEXT 702-474-4673
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