Family Tree Surrogacy Center (FTSC) offers a unique Wellness Program to their gestational surrogates in order to improve pregnancy rates and outcomes! The program is offered by Conception Wellness, San Diego’s leading wellness center for women’s health, pregnancy, and fertility.
Wellness in Pregnancy
The Surrogacy Wellness program does not replace standard medical care provided by a medical doctor and Conception Wellness does not diagnose or treat medical problems. Instead, the team at Conception Wellness provides care that promotes OPTIMAL health and wellness during the three phases of childbearing: pre-conception, pregnancy, and postpartum. We provide education on nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle choices that support a healthy pregnancy because we know that healthy women deliver healthy babies! Our surrogates get the extra time and attention that they need to feel supported during their surrogacy journey.
Acupuncture treatments are offered as part of the Wellness Program for surrogates. Studies show that acupuncture treatment around the time of embryo transfer can improve pregnancy rates in women undergoing IVF! Acupuncture at Conception Wellness is safe, gentle, and effective. Our surrogates find the treatments very relaxing. In addition to improving pregnancy rates in IVF, regular acupuncture during pregnancy can reduce the incidence of pregnancy complications such miscarriage, pre-term labor, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Acupuncture can help with the extra bodily stress of a twin pregnancy and at Conception Wellness, we help the MAJORITY of our twin pregnancies reach 35 weeks and beyond!
Acupuncture is a natural and safe choice in treating some common pregnancy discomforts such as morning sickness, back pain, headache, constipation, carpal tunnel, heartburn, fatigue, and the common cold. Acupuncture can help a women prepare for the labor process and actually decrease the length of labor!
Acupuncture is also an important part of the postpartum recovery process. At Conception Wellness, we offer a very special postpartum treatment called “Warming the Mother” which is performed on women in the weeks after giving birth.
The acupuncturists at Conception Wellness are also registered nurses ensuring comfort and safety during acupuncture treatment.
Prenatal and Postpartum massage are offered as part of the Wellness Program . There are many physical and psychological benefits to receiving massage in pregnancy. Regular massage can help to reduce swelling and alleviate back pain in pregnancy. Studies show it can also boost the immune system and promote restorative sleep. It can alleviate anxiety and stress and encourages the production of “feel good” hormones. Massage is a wonderful treat for any pregnant women, especially in the later months of pregnancy. The massage therapists at Conception Wellness have been specially trained in performing prenatal massage, ensuring comfort and safety for the pregnant woman during her massage session.
Proper nutrition is essential for a healthy pregnancy. At Conception Wellness, we go beyond the basic rule of “Don’t eat sushi” while you are pregnant! We know that our surrogates will receive this basic information at their doctors’ offices. Instead, we focus on OPTIMAL nutrition for pregnancy. We discuss the “Super foods of Pregnancy” that every pregnant women should be eating. We share with our surrogates the many “nutritional pearls” that we have learned over the years that can alleviate the common pregnancy discomforts like constipation and heartburn. By making dietary changes, our surrogates can often avoid using medications for some of the common complaints. We have extensive resources for recipes and nutrition in our lending library, available to all surrogates. Conception Wellness’ babies have a reputation for being happy, calm, and robust! We KNOW that this is from the great nutrition that they receive in the womb. Good prenatal nutrition supports the pregnant woman during and after her pregnancy. Nutritional advice is provided during acupuncture sessions but is also available to surrogates who do not wish to receive acupuncture.
Vitamins and Supplements
From our many years of studying prenatal nutrition, we know that not all prenatal vitamins are created equal! For example, most prenatal vitamins contain a synthetic form of folic acid which some women, for genetic reasons, are not able to process. Without doing genetic testing on every single pregnant woman in our practice, we don’t know which woman are not able to process folic acid. To ensure that all women get the proper folate that is crucial in a healthy pregnancy, we only use prenatal vitamins that contain “methyl folate” which is the most absorbable form. The same is true for the fish oil we carry. It is the best in terms of quality and absorption. The quality of the vitamins and supplements are the best available. We know how important this is and quality truly does matter when it comes to supplements.
The Surrogacy Wellness Program
In order to offer flexibility and choice to surrogates enrolled in the Wellness Program, Conception Wellness offers a menu of products and services to choose from. Each surrogate begins the program with 20 Wellness Points to “spend” on the services she feels will be the most beneficial to her wellness needs.
The following menu details how the points are used for the different products and services offered at Conception Wellness:
Acupuncture session = 2 points
Pregnancy or Postpartum Massage ( 1 hour) = 2 points
Pregnancy or Postpartum Massage (1.5 hours)= 3 points
Nutrition and Wellness Consultation (no acupuncture) = 2 points
Post Partum Recovery Session ( “Warming the Mother”) = 3 points
High Quality Prenatal Vitamin (1 month supply) = 1 point
High Quality Fish Oil Supplement (3 month supply) = 2 points
The Surrogacy Wellness Program expires 3 months after baby is delivered.
We know that for many surrogates, acupuncture and massage may be unfamiliar. We invite you to read through our website to learn more about Conception Wellness and our services. Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions or concerns. We want our surrogates to feel relaxed and comfortable at all times.
We invite our surrogates and intended parents to “like” the Conception Wellness page on Facebook where information and articles on health and wellness are shared. Conception Wellness may participate in online surrogate forums in order to provide information about the program and services.
Conception Wellness is here to serve gestational surrogates and to help them be their healthiest during their surrogacy journey. We know that this deeply benefits everyone in the process including the surrogate herself, the child she is carrying and the intended parents!
Recommended Acupuncture for Surrogates
At Conception Wellness, we recommend 2-3 acupuncture sessions during the 2 weeks prior to embryo transfer. This will help to thicken the endometrial lining and prepare it for implantation. Once pregnancy is confirmed, the acupuncturist will discuss the optimal timing of further acupuncture and massage sessions during the pregnancy.