A pregnant body is a beautiful body, but many women have a hard time coming to terms with their ever-changing figure. Your body becomes a home to an intended parent’s child. And your transformation to accommodate new life is truly remarkable. Here are some ways to celebrate an exciting nine-month journey with a new passenger on board.
1. Keep a weekly or monthly photo journal or create a pregnancy blog-replete with pictures of you and your growing baby. Not only is this a fun way to share your progress with the intended parents, but it’s also a way to embrace your beautiful shape. Be sure to include signs that mark how far along you are and have fun! Try taking pictures of your bump from different angles, too. Ask a family member or intended parent to take a photo from above, from the side, or of you lying down.
2. Craft (or order) a maternity calendar shirt with numbers 1-40 to represent each week of your pregnancy. Take pictures each week, marking off the weekly points you have passed and count down to the expected due date. The One Little Minute blog has great instructions for making your own.
3. Take pictures holding fruits and veggies that match the size of the baby in your belly. Here is a guide where you will find a different legume for each week that line ups with the baby’s size. From a poppy seed to a watermelon, your baby has a food item to match him or her for each week in your tummy!
4. Make a do-it-yourself paper mache body cast (or buy a kit). This lets you create a keepsake from your surrogacy pregnancy, reminding you of your physical and emotional strength. This site gives a great overview of the belly casting process and provides detailed instructions on how to make your own.
5. Get creative, have fun with paint, and turn your bump into a canvas. Women have painted messages over their stomachs (the gender of the baby, the due date, etc.) to share with the intended parents, family, and friends. Others have simply used painting as a creative outlet and a way to connect with the child.
6. Start a personal journal. Writing about your pregnancy is a gift to yourself later in life to refer back to and also helps you focus on the here and now. It provides you with time to self-reflect and allows you to feel. During the hectic and emotionally trying nine months of your surrogacy pregnancy, you deserve and need some “you” time to recognize and appreciate the beauty within yourself and in your term. You will experience a wide range of emotions, each of which you should allow yourself to process and feel on your own.
7. Share the gift of healthy pregnancies with women in developing countries and spread the maternal love across the globe. If you receive gifts, ask that people purchase cards for you through “Send Hope Not Flowers”. You may want to suggest that the intended parents do the same. The organization promotes life-saving maternal health programs and healthcare to women who cannot afford it on their own. By purchasing a card for you, your friends and family will make a donation in your honor.