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Understanding BMI Requirements for Surrogacy

Updated: 6 days ago


A Guide for Prospective Surrogates



Welcome to Flying Stork Surrogacy, where miracles take flight! 

As a trusted surrogacy agency, we are dedicated to helping intended parents and surrogates navigate their surrogacy journey with compassion, expertise, and unwavering guidance. One of the essential criteria for becoming a surrogate with us is maintaining a Body Mass Index (BMI) below 32. Let’s explore why this requirement is crucial and how you can achieve it in a healthy manner.


Why BMI Matters in Surrogacy

BMI is a measure that uses your height and weight to estimate how much body fat you have. For surrogacy, maintaining a BMI below 32 is important for several reasons:

  1. Health and Safety: A lower BMI reduces the risk of complications during pregnancy for both the surrogate and the baby. High BMI can lead to issues like gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and complications during delivery.

  2. Successful Pregnancy: Maintaining a healthy BMI increases the chances of a successful embryo transfer and healthy pregnancy, ensuring a positive outcome for intended parents and surrogates.

  3. Eligibility: Adhering to the BMI requirement ensures that surrogates are physically prepared for the demands of pregnancy, contributing to a smoother and safer journey for everyone involved.


At Flying Stork Surrogacy, we prioritize the well-being of our surrogates and the babies they carry. This is why we adhere to rigorous screening processes, including BMI requirements, to ensure a safe and rewarding experience.


Healthy Ways to Lower Your BMI

If your BMI is currently above 32, don't worry! There are effective and healthy ways to lower it. Here are some tips:


  1. Balanced Diet: Resources: ChooseMyPlate and Nutrition.gov

  • Focus on a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Avoid processed foods, sugary snacks, and high-fat items.

  • Use portion control to avoid overeating and consider consulting a nutritionist for a personalized meal plan.

  1. Regular Exercise: Resources: CDC Exercise Recommendations and American Heart Association

  • Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week, along with muscle-strengthening exercises on two or more days a week.

  • Activities like walking, swimming, and yoga are excellent for maintaining a healthy weight and reducing BMI.

  1. Hydration:

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Sometimes thirst is confused with hunger, leading to unnecessary calorie intake.

  • Avoid sugary drinks and opt for water, herbal teas, or infused water with fruits for flavor.

  1. Sleep and Stress Management: Resources: Sleep Foundation and Mindful

  • Ensure you get 7-9 hours of sleep each night as poor sleep can affect your metabolism and weight.

  • Practice stress-reducing techniques like meditation, deep breathing exercises, and mindfulness. High stress can lead to weight gain and difficulty losing weight.



Take the Next Step with Flying Stork Surrogacy

Are you ready to embark on the rewarding journey of becoming a surrogate? Flying Stork Surrogacy is here to support you every step of the way. Our team offers personalized attention, a robust support system, and a commitment to making your experience positive and fulfilling.


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Maintaining a BMI below 32 is essential for ensuring a safe and healthy surrogacy journey. By following the tips outlined above, you can achieve a healthy BMI and prepare yourself for the incredible experience of helping intended parents realize their dreams of starting a family. At Flying Stork Surrogacy, we are dedicated to providing compassionate guidance and support to all our surrogates. Join us today and make a lasting impact on the lives of families.


Ready to start your journey? Contact us today to learn more about becoming a surrogate with Flying Stork Surrogacy.

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