If you’re thinking about starting a family, don’t let anything get in your way to create the life you want. Many different options are available for starting a family the way you want, no matter where you live.
Today, parenting roles, styles and relationships are taking a progressive leap. Parents don’t necessarily have to marry or even live together to raise a loving, connected family. However, choosing this arrangement raises a lot of questions. It is important to communicate with one another throughout the process and set guidelines, even if the parents are not living together. Here are some tips for a successful co-parenting situation when you don’t live together.
Leading a healthy lifestyle for the baby (and for yourself!) is much more than just eating the right foods. Maintaining - or starting - healthy exercise habits is best for your mental well being as well as weight fluctuation and daily discomforts. We are going to talk about how exercise can help you stay healthy and specific exercises that will help with the many discomforts of pregnancy. There are other important ways to stay healthy like eliminating toxins and essential oils from your home (bet you didn’t think of that one!). Finally, we want to focus on mental health because we know how much anxiety can come from pregnancy and the looming knowledge you are about to have your first baby.
Pregnancy can be a crazy and beautiful journey for women. Your body will change no matter what, but one part of the change - the weight gain - can be controlled through a healthy, yet nutritious diet. Women should plan to eat an extra 350-500 extra calories a day in the second and especially third trimester.
If you and your partner are unable to conceive a child on your own, or you have fertility issues that prohibit you from carrying a child, finding a surrogate to carry your child for you is a great option. Despite a lack of federal regulation, the United States has by far the most robust and safe surrogacy system in the world. Unfortunately, it is also extraordinarily expensive.
Since the federal government has yet to enact any laws regarding surrogacy, it has been left up to the states to legislate surrogacy contracts. Many states have passed laws allowing for some form of surrogacy agreements, but others have either not passed laws or have passed laws expressly forbidding all or some forms of surrogacy. To avoid legal troubles, you should make sure to know the laws and guidelines surrounding the surrogacy process in your state.