Conceptual Options Surrogacy & Pregnancy News: Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg & Wife Expecting

Conceptual Options Surrogacy & Pregnancy News: Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg & Wife Expecting

On Friday afternoon, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced—via a Facebook post and photo starring their dog—that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting their first child: a girl who gave her soon-to-be father a thumbs-up “like” in an ultrasound.

Along with that exciting news, Zuckerberg also disclosed that the couple had been trying for years to get pregnant and had suffered three miscarriages.

Chan is at a point in this pregnancy where the risk of miscarriage is very low, but Zuckerberg shared their past experiences in order to open up the dialogue the emotional toll of a lost pregnancy.

At Conceptual Options we know that every pregnancy is a gift, as is evidenced by the struggles that many couples, like Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan face every day.  Congrats to the Facebook team and Mark and Priscilla!

He wrote:

“You feel so hopeful when you learn you’re going to have a child. You start imagining who they’ll become and dreaming of hopes for their future. You start making plans, and then they’re gone. It’s a lonely experience. Most people don’t discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you—as if you’re defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own.

In today’s open and connected world, discussing these issues doesn’t distance us; it brings us together. It creates understanding and tolerance, and it gives us hope.”

Read more here on Slate about Mark Zuckerberg and his wife expecting a baby girl.

Conceptual Options Facebook Founder Pregnancy Annoucement - it's a girl!

Conceptual Options Facebook Founder Pregnancy Annoucement – it’s a girl!

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency News: Australian Couple’s Incredible Journey with Their Surrogate

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency News:  Australian Couple’s Incredible Journey with Their Surrogate in Pictures

Here at Conceptual Options, we absolutely love when the media finally takes a positive look at surrogacy and how it helps create families all over the world.  The Huffington Post did an absolutely wonderful job that included their story and some awesome, breathtaking photos.  Enjoy!

See the Australian Couple’s Incredible Journey with Their Surrogate in Pictures here.

Conceptual Options & the Incredible Surrogacy Journey

Conceptual Options & the Incredible Surrogacy Journey

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency News: The UK and Surrogacy Parental Leave approved for 5 April 2015

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency News: The UK and Surrogacy Parental Leave approved for 5 April 2015

Did you know that the UK have decided to allow parents through surrogacy to have the same rights to maternity leave as any other parent? The only thing that may not be idea for some parents that conceive their child through surrogacy is the date. The UK says the eligible persons are parents whose child is born on or after 5 April 2015.

 Read more here about UK and Surrogacy Parental Leave approved for 5 April 2015

Conceptual Options Surrogacy UK

Conceptual Options Surrogacy UK

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency News: Three Parent Embryos & IVF

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency News: Three Parent Embryos & IVF

The UK Government is re-considering the implementation of legislation that will effectively legalize “Three-Parent Embryos,” which otherwise known as mitochondrial donation.  In this process the woman’s egg is effectively merged with that of an egg donor prior to insemination by the man’s sperm.

It is important to note that the legislature specifically wants to permit this process for use only by women who have proven mitochondrial defects, so that any mutation isn’t passed to their children.  

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Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency News: Three Parent Embryos

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency News: Three Parent Embryos

 

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency Fertility News: 7 Gadgets & Apps to Improve your Fertility

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency Fertility News: 7 Gadgets & Apps to Improve your Fertility

The increasing number of fertility products and apps that have hit the market in recent years are helping women get healthy, optimize their fertility, and become more aware of their cycles, which is one of the biggest obstacles in treating infertility, according to Aimee Raupp, a licensed acupuncturist, women’s health and fertility expert and author of “Yes, You Can Get Pregnant: How to Improve Your Fertility Now & Into Your 40s.”

Apps include Wink, Ovia Fertility, Daysy, KNOWHEN, Glow, ONDO Basal Thermometer, & Clue

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Information courtesy of Julie Revelant, wh0 is a freelance writer and copywriter specializing in parenting, health, healthcare, nutrition, food and women’s issues. She’s also a mom of two. Learn more about Julie at revelantwriting.com.

 

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Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency News: U.S. Immigration Policy Catches Up with Assisted Reproductive Technology

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency News: U.S. Immigration Policy Catches Up with Assisted Reproductive Technology

According to the National Law Review, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new policy today clarifying the definition of “mother” and “parent” under the Immigration and Nationality Act, to include a gestational mother who (a) gave birth to the child and (b) was the child’s legal mother at the time of birth under the law of the jurisdiction where the child was born.  However, the author of the article did give the warning below:

U.S. citizens who are considering a foreign surrogacy arrangement should carefully review the laws of the country in which the birth will take place to understand whether under local law the surrogate mother will be considered to be the legal mother of the child born through ART.  If the law of the place of birth gives a contracted surrogate any parental rights, it could raise questions about the child’s legal mother and in turn, the child’s citizenship.

Otherwise, mothers who meet the expanded definition but don’t have a genetic relationship with their child (because they became pregnant through an egg donor) will be able to petition for their child; will be eligible to have their child petition for them based on their relationship, and will be able to transmit U.S. citizenship, if they are U.S. citizens and if the other relevant requirements for transmission of U.S. citizenship requirements are met.

This is great news for U.S. citizens who have given birth abroad (whether themselves or via a gestational surrogate) and have no genetic connection to their child.

Read more here about U.S. Immigration Policy Catches Up with Assisted Reproductive Technology.

Conceptual Options U.S. Immigration Policy Updated

Conceptual Options U.S. Immigration Policy Updated

Conceptual Options Egg Donation News: Why Would Any Woman Become an Egg Donor?

Conceptual Options Egg Donation News: Why Would Any Woman Become an Egg Donor?

There are many different reasons thrown out by critics and proponents alike about why a woman would become an egg donor.  And, all of them are right to an extent…really.  Why a woman becomes an egg donor is both a personal one and a public one – why?  Because every woman is different, and every proponent/critic has their own public reason for proclaiming why someone is an egg donor.  A crazy concept, right?  It sure is.

But, the long and short of it is that we here at Conceptual Options believe that there are only two real reasons a woman becomes an egg donor – and here they are:

1. Compassion & Service to the World

This sounds idealistic, but it is true.  Most people in the world want to make a difference in some way, and this is one way to do it.  Making a family become a reality for someone who cannot is one of the most compassionate things that a woman can do for others. whether LGBTQ or not.

2.  Education & Empowerment

Every single egg donor must go through a very through and complete psychological and medical screening – most egg donors who undergo a cycle learn more about their own body and mind then they ever thought that they would.

 

Egg Donation Conceptual Options

Egg Donation Conceptual Options

 

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: The Best Foods for Pregnant Women for Surrogates & Intended Mothers

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News:  The Best Foods for Pregnant Women for Surrogates & Intended Mothers

Protein, low fat dairy, flaxseeds, lean beef, lentils, colorful fruits and veggies, popcorn and water are the best foods for Surrogates & Intended Mothers who are pregnant. And yes, popcorn is a really good option while pregnant because it increases your intake of whole grain and is packed with fiber, which is great if you are suffering from constipation.  Plus, eating popcorn can help with any nausea because it is packed with good starches.
Conceptual Options Pregnancy Foods Surrogates & Intended Mothers

Conceptual Options Pregnancy Foods Surrogates & Intended Mothers

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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