Conceptual Options Health News: Top Ten Signs You Might Be Pregnant

Conceptual Options Health News: Top Ten Signs You Might Be Pregnant

1. Your Period’s Past Due

If it was a bill, you’d be paying a late charge! This most obvious sign of pregnancy causes women to search for more details about the other pregnancy symptoms. We’re your perfect destination!

2. Successful Ovulation chart

Your temperatures soared with ovulation and stayed high! Progesterone from that developing baby keeps your basal body temperature elevated. Congratulations!

3. Moody Behavior

Raging hormones cause unpredictable emotions. You can be bawling hysterically or feeling like you’re on an emotional roller coaster — euphoric one moment, down in the dumps the next. Y

4. Where’s My Pillow?

Speaking of sleep, you may find yourself ready for bed soon after the alarm clock hollers. Your morning coffee break becomes a close encounter with the desktop and the couch beacons you for an afternoon nap. Some experts say that the amount of progesterone circulating through your body also makes you feel a little sluggish.

5. Breast Tenderness

You put on your bra and writhe in agonizing pain as the “sandpaper” grates up against you. That bra was just fine last week! During pregnancy, your breasts might be very tender, swollen and start to enlarge. Great, what else?

6. How’s Your Appetite

Does the sight and smell of food send you running for the bathroom? You might not get morning sickness, but if you do, “morning sickness” might be a misnomer. The nauseous feeling can and often does occur at any time during the day. Along with feeling nauseous, you might develop food aversions or food cravings during pregnancy.

7. Frequent Urination

Peeing a lot can raise suspicion (and hope)! Your uterus swells to make room for your growing baby immediately. This pressure on your bladder encourages extra trips to the bathroom. You could start to feel this symptom within a week or two after conception. You could insert another, “Oh great…” here.

8. Light Spotting

Light bleeding or spotting might occur eight to ten days from ovulation — often around the same time you would have gotten your menstrual period. The fertilized egg burrows into the endometrial lining and sometimes causes spotting.

9. Food Tastes Different

Since when did water have an aftertaste? You might find foods don’t taste like you remember. Some seem bitter and you sense a funny taste in your mouth even when you haven’t eaten. Pregnancy can cause an altered sense of taste.

10. Positive Pregnancy Test

You can stop wondering and put your mind at ease with a pregnancy test. Wait to take it until a day or two after you miss your period.

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Calling All Super Surrogates!

Surrogacy, with all of its excitement, joy and generosity, is not an easy task by any means. Surrogates put their bodies and their minds through a great deal of labor (literally and figuratively) to help individuals and couples fulfill their dream of having a child. And although they get compensated, this is not the easiest and safest way to make money. So you may ask, why do they do it? Simply said, these amazing women want to help. In many ways, these surrogates are selflessly giving of themselves (and their families) the way first responders do, when they put themselves at risk for
others. First responders save lives, our surrogates make lives. It may appear to be less heroic and it’s not as glamorous or exciting, but this is their way of helping people, of contributing to the world, of acting generously. They make the choice and the sacrifice and they truly are SUPER Surrogates!

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Conceptual Options Surrogate Community Events

Do you have what is takes to be a Super Surrogate with Conceptual Options? If so, please feel free to check out our awesome calendar of events.

Please check back often for new daily updates and watch our awesome video!

We understand the immense gift that gestational surrogates give to help build families. Each week we conduct several group events that are geared toward educating and building a community for gestational surrogates in our team. Please check our events calendar for more information.

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: The Benefits of Massage During Pregnancy

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: The Benefits of Massage During Pregnancy

Just having a massage is the most relaxing and feel good thing ever. Prenatal massages are so much better. There are so many benefits for having a massage during pregnancy i.e., reduces back pain, improves blood and oxygen circulation, relieves  muscle tension and headaches, improves sleep (if you don’t fall asleep on the table), and stress. Once you get off the massage table you feel like a whole new woman. Just to have a 30 to 60 minute massage just brings you back to life. So today go out and get a massage!

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Conceptual Options Pregnancy News - Massage

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News – Massage





Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency News: Managing Stress & Anxiety During Pregnancy

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency News: Managing Stress & Anxiety During Pregnancy

Is it common to be anxious a lot during pregnancy?

Pregnancy brings out the worrywart in all of us. And for good reason: You’re growing a life inside of you.
It’s natural to fret about what you eat, drink, think, feel, and do. It’s also perfectly normal to worry about whether your baby is healthy, how this new person will change your life and relationships, and whether you’re truly up to the task of parenthood. But if your anxiety is becoming all-consuming and regularly interferes with your day-to-day functioning, it’s time to find a better way to deal with it.

To start, gently share your fears with your partner — even if they’re about him. Chances are he’s harboring concerns of his own. Communicating openly about your anxiety can help you both feel better. Turn to friends or family members for support, too. Other moms-to-be are another source of support, as they’re probably experiencing the same worries you are.

If you’re extremely anxious or have a specific reason to be concerned about your baby’s health, share your concerns with your caregiver. If anxiety still plagues you after you’ve aired your worries and checked in on your baby’s well-being, professional counseling can help you get to the bottom of your troubles.
I have a lot of stress in my life right now. Will it affect my baby?

While everyday pressure is a part of modern life, a high level of chronic stress can boost your odds of preterm labor or of delivering a low-birthweight baby. If you’re used to caring for others or giving 110 percent at work, making yourself a priority may seem unnatural or even selfish. But taking care of yourself is an essential part of taking care of your baby. Cutting down on stress — or learning how to manage it — makes for a healthier pregnancy.

How can I calm down?

Here are a few ways to manage your stress and reduce anxiety at work and at home:

1. Practice saying “no.” Now’s as good a time as any to get rid of the notion that you can do it all. You can’t, so learn to let your superwoman ideals go. Make slowing down a priority, and get used to the idea of asking your friends and loved ones for help.

2. Cut back on chores — and use that time to put your feet up, nap, or read a book.

3. Take advantage of sick days or vacation whenever possible. Spending a day — or even an afternoon — resting at home will help you get through a tough week.

4. Try deep-breathing exercises, yoga, or stretching.

5. Get regular exercise such as swimming or walking.

6. Do your best to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet so you have the physical and emotional energy you need.

7. Go to bed early. Your body is working overtime to nourish your growing baby and needs all the sleep it can get.

8. Limit “information overload.” Reading pregnancy books, surfing pregnancy Web sites, and listening to your friends’ pregnancy stories are fine — but don’t delve into all the scary things that might (but probably won’t) happen during your pregnancy. Focus instead on how you’re feeling and what’s happening to you now.

9. Join (or create!) a support group. If you’re coping with a difficult situation, spending time with others in the same boat can ease your burden. Many women create support networks online. Visit the BabyCenter Community to connect with other moms-to-be grappling with similar issues.

10. If you’re under unusual stress or feel like you’re at your breaking point, ask your healthcare provider to refer you to a therapist, who can better assess how strong your anxiety has become and what you may need to do to feel better. Listen openly to what she has to say. Getting help during pregnancy will protect you and your baby from unnecessary risks and reduce your chances of postpartum anxiety and depression.

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Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency & Egg Donation Agency: Eating Right When Pregnant

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency & Egg Donation AgencyEating Right When Pregnant

Good nutrition during pregnancy, and enough of it, is very important for your baby to grow and develop. You should consume about 300 more calories per day than you did before you became pregnant.

Although nausea and vomiting during the first few months of pregnancy can make this difficult, try to eat a well-balanced diet and take prenatal vitamins. Here are some recommendations to keep you and your baby healthy.

Eat a variety of foods to get all the nutrients you need. Recommended daily servings include 6-11 servings of breads and grains, two to four servings of fruit, four or more servings of vegetables, four servings of dairy products, and three servings of protein sources (meat, poultry, fish, eggs or nuts). Use fats and sweets sparingly.

Goals for Healthy Eating When Pregnant

  • Choose foods high in fiber that are enriched such as whole-grain breads, cereals, pasta, rice, fruits, and vegetables.
  • Make sure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals in your daily diet while pregnant. You should take a prenatal vitamin supplement to make sure you are consistently getting enough vitamins and minerals every day. Your doctor can recommend an over-the-counter brand or prescribe a prenatal vitamin for you.
  • Eat and drink at least four servings of dairy products and calcium-rich foods a day to help ensure that you are getting 1000-1300 mg of calcium in your daily diet during pregnancy.
  • Eat at least three servings of iron-rich foods per day to ensure you are getting 27 mg of iron daily.
  • Choose at least one good source of vitamin C every day, such as oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, honeydew, papaya, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, green peppers, tomatoes, and mustard greens. Pregnant women need 70 mg of vitamin C a day.
  • Choose at least one good source of folic acid every day, like dark green leafy vegetables, veal, and legumes (lima beans, black beans, black-eyed peas and chickpeas). Every pregnant woman needs at least 0.4 mg of folic acid per day to help prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida.
  • Choose at least one source of vitamin A every other day. Sources of vitamin A include carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, spinach, water squash, turnip greens, beet greens, apricots, and cantaloupe.
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Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency News: Social Surrogacy

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency News: Social Surrogacy – It is really not all that surprising that some women want to be mothers but do not want to go through the actual physical act of being pregnant and giving birth.

Reasons as to why some women say they do not want to be pregnant – aside from medical reasons – vary greatly. For example, some women are in the prime of their careers, they have spent countless hours dedicated to their education and profession and do not want to lose out on that upcoming promotion or project that will take them to the top. Some are Hollywood actresses or models who have spent their entire lives pursuing their dream, and losing their shapes or disappearing from the public eye, even for a few months, could possibly mean losing everything they have worked for. Some women actually have a fear of carrying a child, a fear so intense that Psychologists have a name for it: tokophobia. And for others, well they simply do not want to be pregnant.

For these women, social surrogacy is a viable alternative – they want to be mothers; they just do not want to be pregnant.

From working in this industry, one thing I have learned is that the love a mother and child share goes beyond the bond created in the womb. This is evidenced not only by step-children, foster children and adopted children but also by children born via surrogacy. I think it is fair to say that these children do not love their parents any less than genetically related children love their parents. I do not buy the idea that giving birth to a child makes the love between the birth mother and child any stronger or more valid than the love shared between a child and non-birth mother.

In the wake of a potential American female president, now more than ever, women are looking to have it all. Today science and technology are affording women that opportunity – the opportunity and means to create their own family on their own terms. Elective procedures such as egg freezing and surrogacy are giving women freedom and options.

Social surrogacy is not for everyone. And just because social surrogacy is a possibility, it does not mean every woman will go down this path and not to want to carry her own child. It is simply an option, and for some women this option will help their dreams of motherhood become reality.

Saira Jhutty, PhD
CEO Conceptual Options, LLC

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Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency