You know that diet is one of the biggest lifestyle factors that shapes a healthy and successful pregnancy. So, it makes sense that you’d take a particular interest in your surrogate’s diet. The diet she follows throughout her pregnancy will play an important role in nourishing both herself and your child throughout the next nine months.

While you want what’s best for your future child, you may find yourself focused on questions such as “Can I request diet rules for my surrogate?,” or, “Is it too invasive to ask her what she generally eats?” Below, we’ll outline everything you need to know about dietary requests before getting started.

Can I Set Diet Restrictions for My Surrogate?

The simple answer to the question is yes — you can. When seeking a surrogate, you play an influential role in finding the candidate who best suits your requests and needs — dietary preferences included. However, it’s also important to be mindful of the fact that strict dietary requirements may not be necessary.

Many women understand the importance of eating a healthy diet during their surrogacy and tend to have a plan in place to consume the proper nutrients and vitamins during their journey. Gestational carriers maintain optimal health and remain in constant contact with their physician throughout the duration of their pregnancy.

Your surrogate’s doctor will help her develop the proper nutritional plan. Oftentimes, there should be a degree of trust in your surrogate and you should reassure her that you’re confident in her ability to take care of your baby during her term.

Diet Requests for Surrogate Mothers

While your surrogate is dedicated to ensuring your future child’s health during her pregnancy, you may have some special dietary requests that go beyond eating a healthy diet. For instance, some prospective parents follow a vegan or vegetarian diet and want to ensure that their child follows the same diet — even pre-birth. Some individuals may also prefer that their surrogate limit their intake of certain foods and substances — including those with caffeine and sugar, too.

Regardless of what diet you desire for your surrogate mother, be sure to clearly establish your guidelines beforehand. The best way to establish a positive relationship with your surrogate is to be upfront about your dietary requests without feeling the need to micromanage what she consumes during her pregnancy, too.

What to Do Next When Your Surrogate’s Diet Matters

It’s important to be vocal about any dietary requirements you have for your gestational carrier to ensure that they’re on board with your desired prenatal care before beginning the pregnancy. You want to be upfront about what’s important to you so that you’re matched with the best possible surrogate for your needs. This not only ensures that you connect with an individual who meets your requirements, but it also cuts back on the time you’ll need to find the perfect fit, too.

Are you ready to learn more about surrogacy? Whether you want to become a surrogate or are pursuing surrogacy during your road to parenthood, Western Fertility Institute is here to help. To find out more, contact us today, so we can help you get the family you rightfully deserve.