What Are Surrogate Weight Requirements?

Surrogate weight requirements are often considered during the application process. Learn more about the standards of BMI for surrogates.

The couples who you are helping grow their family often choose surrogacy because they’ve struggled to conceive or are not able to have a child on their own. That’s why there are specific health requirements all surrogates must meet.

One of these requirements is having a healthy the Body Mass Index (BMI). Exploring the significance and nuances of surrogate BMI requirements illuminates the careful considerations undertaken to safeguard the health and success of this extraordinary endeavor.

Have questions about our surrogate BMI requirements? Contact us today. We can help you determine if you are ready to become a surrogate.

What is a Healthy BMI for Surrogacy?

All of our surrogates must have a healthy BMI for surrogacy. Your BMI is determined by dividing your weight by your height.  Our BMI requirements for surrogacy are between 19-32. While weight doesn’t always directly correlate with health, it can have an effect on pregnancy. The intended parents you match with have likely struggled to conceive and have long-awaited the opportunity to have this baby. Our health requirements, including having a healthy BMI for surrogacy, minimize risks.

Why are There BMI Requirements for Surrogacy?

Our surrogate BMI requirements are established not to exclude anyone based on weight but to prioritize safety throughout the surrogacy journey. These guidelines are implemented to ensure the well-being of both you and the intended parents' child. Our goal is to support you in maintaining optimal health to navigate this experience as safely as possible, ensuring a successful journey for everyone involved.

Risks of Being an Overweight Surrogate

An overweight pregnancy has a number of risks and health issues. These are include but are not limited to:

  • Preeclampsia

  • Gestational diabetes

  • Gestational hypertensions

  • Macrosomia

Risks of Being an Underweight Surrogate

While most people associate a high BMI and being overweight with pregnancy issues, there are potential risks when someone is underweight. These risks include:

  • Premature birth

  • Low birth weight

  • Fetal growth restriction

  • Development issues affecting baby’s heart, diaphragm or stomach

How Do I Become a Surrogate With a High BMI?

While you may not be able to become a plus sized surrogate if your BMI is too high, there are several things you can do to have a healthy BMI for surrogacy.

  • Reduce your calorie intake

  • Exercise at least 30 minutes a day

  • Eat more lean protein and whole foods

  • Drink more water

  • Get enough sleep

Depending on how high you are over the BMI requirements, we may be able to work with you to come up with a plan for how to lower your BMI with the intent of becoming a surrogate. Reach out to us today to learn more about how your BMI may affect your surrogacy journey.

What if I Go Over the Surrogate BMI Requirements During Pregnancy?

It’s normal to gain weight during pregnancy, especially during the second and third trimesters. However, too much weight gain can impact your health and the baby’s development. If you become a plus sized surrogate during your pregnancy, there are safe ways to lower your BMI.

  • Avoid processed foods

  • Skip condiments

  • Snack on fruits and veggies

  • Drink water and less sugary drinks

  • Go for a 30 minute walk

  • Yoga

Before attempting any form of weight loss during pregnancy, always speak with your doctor.

What if I’m Under the Surrogate BMI Requirements?

If your BMI is below 19, there are healthy and safe ways you can gain weight.

  • Gradually increase your calorie intake

  • Snack in between meals

  • Choose nutrient rich foods

  • Exercise to build muscle

Whether you feel a calling to do something for others or you want to do something for yourself and your family, surrogacy is an amazing way to do just that. We know this is a big commitment and we want to help you along the way. If you’re ready to get started, contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information provided on this platform is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of information you have obtained from this platform.