Why is a Twin Pregnancy so Different from a Singleton Pregnancy?

As we discussed on our Conceptual Options Blog last week, whether you are a Surrogate or carrying your own babies, a twin pregnancy changes everything you may have ever known about being pregnant. In fact, we have found a great article on the Scary Mommy blog that lists the top 10 reasons why a twin pregnancy is so different from a singleton pregnancy.

Here are the top 10 reasons:
1. Welcome to a high risk pregnancy.
2. Hello puke bucket!
3. Ultrasounds! Ultrasounds galore!
4. Maternity clothes are not made for multiples.
5. You will learn a new language.
6. Exhaustion.
7. Physics will play a larger role in your life than you ever thought possible.
8. Inappropriate questions, comments, and reactions from complete strangers.
9. Invest in an under belly support band.
10. So…incredibly…uncomfortable.

There are definitely more than 10 reasons, but these are some of the best! Can you think of any advice for anyone pregnant with multiples?

Read more about twin pregnancy versus singleton pregnancy at the Scary Mommy Blog.

Conceptual Options Surrogacy - Twin Pregnancy

Conceptual Options Surrogacy – Twin Pregnancy

Conceptual Options Surrogacy: Working While Pregnant & the Pregnant Chicken

Conceptual Options Surrogacy: Working While Pregnant & the Pregnant Chicken

Conceptual Options’ staff has found a few blogs that we think are awesome information centers – no matter if this is your first child or last or you are a surrogate or an intended mother.  For starters, this delightful blog, Life is Really Easy, is written by Queen Calm, an anonymous mother-to-be who is looking forward to meeting her son this fall. She blogs about life, books, and all her glamorous moments throughout pregnancy and motherhood.  Plenty of great resources and funny humor.

In fact, this blogger (Queen Calm) has even guest posted on a site called the Pregnant Chicken, yes, it is what you think it is – and it started in 2010 so that women can share their experiences during pregnancy and beyond.  This is another great resource for discussing things such as working while pregnant and helpful places to visit and antedotes to share.

Read more here about Life is Really Easy and the Pregnant Chicken.

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Resources & Pregnant Chicken

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Resources & Pregnant Chicken

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Marriott Surrogate Employee Sues

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Marriott Surrogate Employee Sues

A surrogate employed by Marriott hotels is suing her employer over her inability to take lactation breaks while working.

According to Slate Magazine,

Marriott employee in California is suing the hotel chain for discrimination under both state and federal law, alleging that Marriott denied her legally mandated lactation breaks. Marriott says it was not required by law to give plaintiff Mary Gonzales, a cashier and accountant at the LAX Marriott, breaks to pump breast milk because Gonzales is a gestational surrogate, not a mother with an infant at home.

As a surrogate, Gonzales gave birth in April 2014 and, upon returning to work in June, took two 30-minute breaks each day to pump breast milk to send to the child’s parents. Once her obligation to send milk to that family ended at the end of the month, she decided to continue pumping for the “personal health benefits” of lactation and to donate to the Preemies Milk Bank and women who are unable to breastfeed. Gonzales alleges that her boss told her she could continue taking lactation breaks for another 30 days; when those 30 days were up, she began using her 30-minute lunch break instead, and ate lunch during her 10-minute morning rest break. As a result, Gonzales says, she suffered from clogged ducts, breast pain, blisters, and loss of sleep as she had to pump at night.

What many are questioning is should this be covered under the law?  As the response from Marriott stated, “personal health benefits’ of lactation—which it compares to ‘exercising during the workday’—is unfounded.” What are your thoughts on this case?

Read more here about the Pregnant Surrogate Employed by Marriott Suing over Lactation Breaks.

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Surrogacy Pregnancy Lactation

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Surrogacy Pregnancy Lactation

Conceptual Options Surrogacy: What Happens to Your Brain While Pregnant

Conceptual Options Surrogacy: What Happens to Your Brain While Pregnant

We all have heard about “pregnancy brain,” but is it for real?  We are not so sure after reading this, but it looks as if morning sickness and hormonal changes do create an environment of forgetfulness.

According to IFLScience.com,

My friend recently asked me: “Why have I become so forgetful since I became pregnant?” I told her I didn’t know, but that I’d look into it. She then followed with: “I was going to ask you to explain something else to me, but I totally forgot what it was.”

While a number of women – like my friend – complain that pregnancy has made them more forgetful than usual, the research on this topic is mixed. Like most changes that occur during pregnancy, hormonal fluctuations are an obvious possible culprit. Some women report no cognitive changes during pregnancy.

What do you think?  Read more here about pregnancy brain.

Conceptual Options Surrogacy & Pregnant Brain

Conceptual Options Surrogacy & Pregnant Brain

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Pregnant Chicken???

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Pregnant Chicken???

What a pregnant chicken?  Who knew – but this site at Pregnant Chicken is awesome because it addresses how having a toddler and being pregnant can cramp your style.  And, because we here at Conceptual Options are all about pregnancy and surrogacy, we think our surrogates will easily find this site helpful.

According to Pregnant Chicken,

Did anyone else think their second pregnancy would be easier than the first? I guess I thought I’d be an expert and so I was all, OH I GOT THIS. Ah, how naive. I didn’t take into account that there was a toddler around who didn’t give a rat’s ass that I was growing a new life. Kristin sent us this guest post and I remembered how many things were so much harder the second time around.

I’ve been lucky enough to have two “normal” pregnancies with no complications so far, and for that I am thankful. But, I will not lie, this second pregnancy has been much harder than my first. Maybe it’s because I just blocked out some of the less-glamorous aspects of being pregnant from my memory after the first time, or maybe it’s because I now have an energetic little toddler running around 24/7. Either way, the simple, small tasks of everyday life have become increasingly more and more difficult when you have a toddler and a baby bump.

Read more here at Pregnant Chicken, and let us know what you think.

Conceptual Options Surrogacy & Pregnant Chicken

Conceptual Options Surrogacy & Pregnant Chicken

Conceptual Options IVF & Surrogacy News: When Do I Ovulate?

Conceptual Options IVF & Surrogacy News: When Do I Ovulate?

Thanks to our guest blogger, Marcy Coning, who submitted this post to us for release.  This post is important, not just for women trying to get pregnant, but it is also important for any woman to know and understand her cycles.

Determining when you ovulate is a vital factor if you need to know when you are more likely to get pregnant. This is very important and helpful for women who are trying to conceive, and can also be somewhat helpful for women who are trying not to get pregnant. Regardless of their choice, women asking themselves; “When do I ovulate?”, will surely benefit from their introspection.

Knowing when you ovulate has other advantages too. Some you may not have even considered before. Most women only think about ovulation as it pertains to pregnancy. Consider some other (lesser known) reasons that women should be aware of their ovulation cycles and feel free to take a peek at these interesting articles on our site…

Why Know When I Ovulate?

When a woman understands her cycle and her body, she is able to take better care of herself and understand the needs of her body. This way, she is more in control of what her nutritional needs are, as well as emotional needs. Some types of natural birth control methods use ovulation predictions as a way to avoid pregnancy for those who do not want to use synthetic hormones or barrier methods.

Knowing your ovulation schedule is most commonly related to getting pregnant, or not getting pregnant. But if you read those articles linked to above, you’ll learn how a woman’s beauty, radiance and even self-confidence are actually related to when she ovulates.

The planning your wedding… article talks about how a woman is most beautiful during ovulation and how she may want to plan her wedding accordingly. And this could go both ways. Maybe she wants to look and feel her best on her wedding day. But at the same time, her and her new husband may not want to get pregnant at the very beginning of their marriage. Either way, knowing when she ovulates can play a very important role in when to schedule this very important day.

In the get asked out on more dates… article – it mentions the association between attraction and confidence. When you are ovulating you are more attractive. When you feel more attractive you have more confidence. The article talks about how to use that confidence to attract more dates. But if you don’t want or need more dates, consider using your newly discovered confidence for one of several reasons…

  • make a good impression in a job interview
  • negotiate a better deal for a major purchase (like a new car)
  • convince your spouse or significant other to see things your way
  • or any other reason you may need a boost in confidence

Read more here from Marcy Coning on When Do I Ovulate?

Conceptual Options Ovulation

Conceptual Options Ovulation

 

 

 

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Woman Gives Birth to Her Identical Twin’s Baby

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Woman Gives Birth to Her Identical Twin’s Baby

Gotta love these stories!  We wanted to share this heart-warming story with all of those women thinking about becoming a surrogate for another woman – sister or not!

According to Fox News,

After finding out her identical twin sister was unable to have a baby, a Long Island, New York, woman offered to carry her sister’s baby. On Wednesday, August 5, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy, who will be referred to as her nephew, Patch.com reported.

In 2009, Allison Ardolino Dinkelacker was 30 weeks pregnant with her first child when she learned she had stage 3 breast cancer. She needed to start chemotherapy immediately, and her son Dylan was born by emergency caesarean section at 31 weeks.

Cancer-free but unable to conceive again because her cancer was brought on by hormones, Allison wanted another child to grow her family. Her twin sister, Dawn Ardolino Policastro, came with her to a doctor’s appointment, where they were told that were Allison to survive a pregnancy, she’d be unable to carry another child.

Read more here about the identical twin who carried her sister’s baby.

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Identical Twins Surrogacy

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Identical Twins Surrogacy

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: More Women in China are Turning to Egg Freezing – Especially Celebrities


Conceptual Options
Surrogacy News: More Women in China are Turning to Egg Freezing – Especially Celebrities

More and more women reaching their 40’s are turning to egg freezing in order to give themselves more time to consider having a family.

As is being reported in Your Health Online Magazine,

Top Taiwanese model-actress Lin Chi-ling made the news recently after it was reported that she had frozen her eggs secretly at the National Taiwan University Hospital.

A friend had revealed: “After Lin Chi-ling turned 39 last year, her mother got very anxious about her getting married and having kids. In order to lessen her worries, Chi-ling went… for egg-freezing.”

Furthermore, as was just reported today in Asia One Women,

Chinese actress Michelle Ye revealed that she has frozen her eggs, not once but twice to ensure she can have a baby at a later date, My Paper reported.

With the topic of egg-freezing among China’s female celebrities a hot topic in the Chinese media recently, Ye revealed that she has done two operations to retrieve her eggs, with the first retrieval performed three years ago…

The 35-year-old Hong Kong-based actress, who is known to be dating renowned Chinese stylist “Mr Xiao Mo”, added: “To guarantee success, I’ve done the operation twice. Now women can be released from the pressure (of bearing children) and enjoy their life and work, I think it’s great.”

Read more here about Chinese celebrity women freezing their eggs.

Conceptual Options News: Egg Freezing Michelle Ye

Conceptual Options News: Egg Freezing Michelle Ye

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 News: Shayne Lamas Welcomes Son via Surrogate

Conceptual Options’ Surrogacy News: Shayne Lamas Welcomes Son via Surrogate

We all remember when Shayne Lamas suffered a miscarriage in 2014, causing her to be unable to carry any more children.  Fortunately, she found La Jolla IVF and Dr. Smotrich to help on the medical side, and she found her step-mother as her surrogate, who carried her son who was born on July 4th.  What a wonderful gift!

According to US Weekly,

Lamas and Richie’s son “arrived via natural water birth” on the Fourth of July at 6 pounds, 4 ounces, the couple told Closer magazine. “Everyone is healthy and happy.” (Craig and Lamas’ dad, actor Lorenzo Lamas, wed in April 2011. Craig, 29, stepped in after Shayne had a miscarriage in February 2014.)

“Shawna’s not just my stepmother. She’s like a soul sister,” Shayne told Closer in February. “She’s an angel that blessed my whole family, including my father.”

Congratulations to Shayne and her husband, Nik Richie.
Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Lamas Surrogacy

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Lamas Surrogacy