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Ways to Reduce Swelling During Pregnancy

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Most women end up with swollen feet and ankles or edema during pregnancy. While it’s frustrating and causes feelings of embarrassment and discomfort in some, swelling is normal during pregnancy. During pregnancy, your body generates about 50% more bodily fluids and blood to meet the needs of your developing baby.

While it’s natural to be concerned about edema, due to the associated discomfort, knowing how to reduce unnecessary swelling during pregnancy can help you remain as comfortable as possible.

At Joy of Life, the caring and experienced staff will help you reduce swelling, allowing you to enjoy the pregnancy without feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable. The California-based company deals with surrogacy on a regular basis and helps surrogate mothers throughout the process. Here’s what they say about swelling.

3 Ways to reduce swelling during pregnancy

  1. Consume adequate salt, plenty of protein, and other important nutrients

During pregnancy, you can potentially carry an extra 20 pounds of fluid, especially in the third trimester. Fortunately, essential minerals and nutrients have a direct impact on how well your body processes the extra fluid and maintains an electrolyte balance.

Take care to avoid packaged and processed foods, which comprise high quantities of ordinary table salt and go for unprocessed salt and whole foods.

  1. Consume foods with high potassium

Potassium is a significant mineral that helps sustain the ratio of salt to water in the body. Foods rich in potassium include bananas, scallions, and spinach.

  1. 30-min Exercise Daily

Engaging in exercises, such as swimming or gentle yoga, keeps your fluids circulating adequately throughout the body. Consequently, you’ll have a reduced likelihood of experiencing edema.

Abnormal and Dangerous Swelling during Pregnancy

While edema is a normal part of pregnancy, you must watch for and identify abnormal swelling, which could indicate a problematic underlying condition. When swelling isn’t in the normal range, or other symptoms accompany the swelling, it’s imperative you contact your midwife or OB immediately.

Some of the abnormal symptoms to watch for include swelling in the face or puffiness around the eyes; sudden or extreme swelling in the feet and hands; or more swelling in one leg compared to the other, accompanied by tenderness or pain. If you’re uncertain about the swelling or associated symptoms, it’s best to contact your care provider for verification.

If you’re concerned about how to reduce swelling, you can relax, knowing that Joy of Life surrogacy is collaborating with professional clients and professionals to help you solve the illness.

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How to Lose Weight After a Surrogate Birth

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Surrogacy is a type of assisted reproductive treatment whereby a woman agrees to carry a child within her uterus on another person’s behalf. For some, the treatment is their only chance to have a child. Southern California-based Joy of Life works daily with this form of treatment.

People at Joy of Life understand the concerns of new parents and are ready to guide you throughout the journey, including the legalities and intricacies involved in the treatment. One of the major concerns that women report is that they still look pregnant after  birth.

At Joy of Life, the staff helps address the concerns of surrogate mothers while offering invaluable advice. Below ‘Is our  advice on how to lose weight after a surrogate birth.

Looking Pregnant after Birth

Your tummy’s appearance after the birth of the child may  surprise you. In fact, you might still have a round midsection, making you appear 6 months pregnant. This is normal. However once you give birth, the body really does begin working to shrink your belly to its pre-pregnancy state.

However, the process is gradual. It takes about 4 weeks for the uterus to return to its normal size, and many women lose approximately 8-20 pounds during the initial two weeks as the body eliminates extra fluid.

Healthy Weight-loss Tips after a Surrogate Birth

For a lot of women, losing post-pregnancy weight can be a struggle. After all, it can be stressful adjusting to new routines,, and recovering. Nevertheless, it’s important you return to a healthy weight post-delivery, particularly if you intend to become pregnant again. Here’s a look at healthy ways of achieving weight loss.

1. Meals

You can achieve safe weight loss by adopting certain measures. For instance, you shouldn’t skip meals. Lots of new moms don’t eat regularly, resulting in less energy. Moreover, it doesn’t help in weight loss. Another tip involves eating 5-6 small meals daily with healthy snacks in between instead of three larger meals.

2. Don’t Crash and Burn

Avoid going on a crash diet where you don’t eat enough or fad diets that restrict certain kinds of nutrients and foods. While you might lose weight fast, the initial pounds you lose will return because they’re just fluid. Other pounds lost on a crash diet might be muscle rather than fat. You’ll gain whatever fat you lose on a crash diet the minute you resume normal eating.

3. Cardio Exercise

You’ll want to integrate cardio into your schedule, although it might not be possible to do your activities at the same level of intensity as before the pregnancy. You’ll notice high-impact exercises, for instance, aerobics or running might be uncomfortable as the body recovers. Therefore, you want to stick to low-impact activities, such as walking.

4. Core Strength

Unsurprisingly, pregnancy can weaken certain areas of your abs. It’s important for you to note that spot reduction of fat from certain sections of your body is impossible with particular exercises. You’ll need to lose body fat overall with a combination of a healthy diet, strength training, and cardio. Try to avoid excess pressure, especially around your lower belly where most women store surplus fat.

5. Strength Training

Strength training forms a significant part of a weight-loss program and recovery post-pregnancy. It helps increase your metabolism, builds lean muscle, and gives you the necessary strength Like other activities, you’ll need to start out gradually, even if you did these exercises before birth.

While surrogacy gives you the chance to help another family become parents, you can expect some changes that may  concern you. For instance, weight loss may  prove to be a challenge. Fortunately, Joy of Life is an expert in the surrogacy industry, so there’s no need to worry.

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5 Tips for New Moms

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Moms-to-be have a lot to ponder during any gestational period. On top of that, piling on the complex social, medical, and financial obstacles involved in getting a surrogate mother can make it easy for the parents-to-be to feel engulfed by the whole surrogacy process. In turn, our intended parents may end up skipping the next important step in their journey: preparing for parenthood.

In conclusion the tips compiled below from experts at Joy of Life coupled with knowledgeable parents, will hopefully elevate your confidence and allow you to embrace your upcoming role in parenthood.

1. Soothing Your Wailing Newborn

Crying is in the nature of newborn babies. Deciphering a baby’s cries can feel like trying to unlock a secret language. When your baby cries, don’t get frustrated. Comforting your baby by patting his or her back in a heartbeat-like rhythm is a good way to help the baby relax and burp more quickly.

2. Getting Back to Work

To slowly transition back to work, you can rehearse your routine for getting dressed, feeding the baby,

and leaving the house on time. Once you actually get back to work, you can use the time you spend with your newborn by prepping quick meals or ordering takeout during the first few weeks. Or you can have your groceries delivered by a reputable seller.

3. Letting Baby Bond with Dad

Make sure your baby has enough bonding time with dad. Since dad’s tone of voice and touch differ from yours, this initiates the baby/daddy bond, thereby giving you a much-needed break. Furthermore, the baby learns to adapt to being around other people besides the mother.

While the first few times may be challenging, make sure the baby is well-fed and properly rested, allowing you at least 2 hours before your care giving services are needed. It is during this period that you should let the dad have alone time with the baby.

4. Keeping the Baby’s Crib Layered

To help you be more efficient when it comes to changing the baby’s diaper at night, on the baby’s crib mattress, place a double layer of sheets and water-resistant mattress covers, one layer at a time. Then, you simply take off the first two layers, change the baby’s diaper, and then tuck him or her back in the crib without having to fumble for bedding in the middle of the night.

5. Coming Together For Greatness

At Joy of Life, we take into consideration the laundry list of reservations that new moms and dads may have. Ultimately, our highly competent coordinators will walk with you on the journey toward parenthood and offer guidance along the way with our top-notch practices, such as the ones outlined above.

For more information on surrogacy and the services we provide, feel free to contact us today!

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Sex While Pregnant: What’s OK? What’s not?

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Sex While Pregnant: What’s OK? What’s not?

It’s common for surrogate mothers and their partners to wonder whether it’s safe to have sex while pregnant.

Sex is a healthy expression within the context of a loving and caring relationship. And, in most instances, sex during pregnancy is safe.

But there are still a few things every surrogate mother should be aware of.

Is It Safe To Have Sex During Pregnancy?

Assuming your pregnancy is healthy, sex is okay. Be sure to find safe and comfortable positions.

Many people wonder whether sex will hurt the baby, but the truth is that the amniotic fluid in the uterus will protect the unborn child from any harm.

If you’ve experienced any complications in pregnancy, now or in the past, then you may want to avoid sex during pregnancy.

Additionally, if you’ve noticed heavy bleeding, painful cramps, or leaking amniotic fluid after sex, you should go to the emergency room straight away.

So, for the surrogate mother or the women after embryo transfer during IVF, Joy of Life suggests them to consult their doctors before having the sex. It is very important to follow the instructions from the doctors. In addition, if the agreement between surrogate mothers and intended parent contain certain rules relevant to the intercourse behavior, the surrogate mothers should follow the agreement as well.

How Can I Protect Myself From Sexually Transmitted Infections?

You are at risk for sexually transmitted infections if you aren’t in a mutually monogamous relationship where your partner doesn’t have any STDs.

So, unless you’re in a mutually monogamous relationship with a completely sexually healthy partner, if you’d like to protect yourself from future complications, you should either abstain from sex during pregnancy or be sure to use protection during sex.

Which Are the Best Sexual Positions When I’m Pregnant?

Here are several sexual positions worth trying while you are pregnant:

  • The V. This position allows your partner to keep weight off your belly.
  • Woman on top. In this position, the woman has more control over the depth of penetration.
  • Take a seat. Having sex in a chair is a good way to ensure there’s little discomfort.
  • Two-spoon tango. This position allows for shallow penetration.
  • Missionary. Use a pillow under your back. Ensure your partner doesn’t place weight on your belly.
  • On the edge. Move to the edge of the bed. If you’re in your second trimester, use a pillow under your hips.
  • Doggy style. Support yourself with your knees and elbows. Use a pillow to support your tummy if necessary.

Regardless of the position, comfort and communication with your partner is key. If you’re feeling any discomfort, let them know. If you’re not finding sex enjoyable, consider other activities.

Are There Times When Sex Should Be Avoided?

Sex is best avoided if you’re experiencing unexplained vaginal bleeding, discharge or cramps, leaking amniotic fluid, cervical incompetence, placenta previa, if you have a history of preterm labor or premature birth, or if you’re expecting multiple babies.

If your doctor says, “no sex,” listen!! It’s best then to abstain from intercourse, arousal, and orgasm.

Stay Safe During Sex

As a surrogate mother, be sure to stay safe during sex. If you have any questions, you can contact a Joy of Life representative for help. As a surrogacy agency in California, we have ample experience to help surrogate mothers experience a better journey through pregnancy.

Surrogacy Contract

What You Need to Know About the Surrogacy Contract

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Surrogacy can be an incredibly fulfilling experience, both for intended parents and surrogates. Before any of the medical procedures involved in surrogacy take place, both parties will agree to a surrogacy contract. The contract guides the entire surrogacy journey, clearly outlining each party’s rights, roles, and responsibilities before, during, and after the pregnancy.  Whether you are an intended parent or a prospective surrogate, you need to sign a surrogacy contract before legally moving forward to surrogacy process.


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Why a surrogacy contract is so important?

A surrogacy contract, also known as a surrogacy agreement, is a legal document that sets expectations and responsibilities for the rest of your surrogacy journey. It must be drafted by two attorneys, each representing a separate party, to ensure your rights and surrogacy goals are properly addressed.

The most important objective of a surrogacy contract is to protect all parties involved equally and to ensure a successful surrogate pregnancy that discloses all terms of the contract and confirms that the contract follows specific state laws. Both parties should agree on all important financial and medical terms within the agreement. The contract also details the process for making sure that child will get correct parentage. A successful surrogacy relies on a strong legal foundation.


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What does your surrogacy contract include?

Every surrogacy will look different based on the needs and preferences of the surrogate and the intended parents. Therefore, their surrogacy contract will reflect those personal circumstances.

In general, a well-drafted surrogacy contract includes

  1. Reference to Current Laws: Each contract should have a description of the current laws as it applies to that state. These include the legal surrogacy rights of intended parents and surrogate, expectations and responsibilities through every step.
  2. Medical Consent: Intended parents and surrogates should be on the same page. They agree on the number of embryos to be transferred, positions on abortion and selective reduction, also, the number of fetuses to be carried.
  3. Finances: The base compensation of a surrogate must have legal negotiation and contract. Also, the surrogacy contract should address the surrogate’s pregnancy-related costs that must be paid by the intended parents.
  4. Parentage Processes: Both parties MUST be familiar with the parentage processes that need to take place before or after birth. It also includes the steps to establish the intended parents’ rights through a parental order for surrogacy.
  5. Rare/Unusual Outcomes: Surrogacy is a complicated medical process that will come with some risks. The surrogacy agreement should make sure both parties understand these and layout procedures should any unforeseen complications arise.



Why an independent contract is not a good choice?

Sometimes, intended parents look to avoid the costs of hiring a surrogacy attorney. They choose to create an independent contract through a sample surrogacy contract found online. However, we strongly advise against this path. The first reason is that trying to develop a surrogacy contract without a surrogacy attorney’s guidance means intended parents will not have the knowledge necessary to protect themselves properly. Besides, the importance of a surrogacy contract goes beyond just the adherence to local surrogacy laws. It also plays an essential role in determining how you, as an intended parent or a surrogate, will protect your rights.

When you work with Joy of Life, all of your legal interests will be protected and all legalities handled properly. The team at Joy of Life is ready to assist you every step of the way, ensuring a finalized surrogacy contract with which you are comfortable.

Do you have an interest in learning more about surrogacy or starting the process? Read up on our blog posts to find out more about the process, the laws, and the costs. Finally, if you think you may be ready to begin your surrogacy journey, contact


Surrogate Health Requirements

Tips to meet the health requirements of surrogacy

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How to Be A Surrogate Mother

Every woman considering surrogacy must meet certain health requirements in order to become a surrogate mother. These requirements are important to ensure the safety of the prospective surrogate and the safety of the embryo and baby.

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Before you become a surrogate, you’ll need to determine whether you meet the necessary health requirements and complete the following health-check procedures:

1.Initial application

The surrogate counselor will ask you some questions at the time of your initial application to ensure that you meet the basic requirements to be a surrogate.

2.Background screening

After receiving your initial application, the surrogate counselor will conduct a background check, including criminal and financial screenings.

3.Psycho-social screening

As a surrogate, you not only need physical health, but you also need to be mentally prepared for the potential challenges of the surrogacy process. Therefore, mental health professionals will conduct psycho-social screenings to address any current negative emotions.

4.Medical screening

Medical examinations are generally divided into two parts: one before matching the intended parents and one before signing the legal contract. These screenings will be performed by medical professionals to ensure your health, including blood and urine testing and overall physical health.

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You can only begin your surrogacy journey after you have completed all of these screenings and your surrogate specialist approves your surrogacy. The physical challenges of surrogacy (not to mention pregnancy) are demanding. In order to prevent any problems for you or your intended parents during pregnancy, you must obtain medical approval before you begin.

These seemingly complex processes are not difficult to follow under the guidance of Joy of Life’s professional team. This Southern California practice is well versed in the process of surrogacy. We provide one-on-one guidance for all of our surrogate and potential surrogate mothers.

Each surrogacy professional has a slightly different health requirement for their surrogates, but most use the basic guidelines provided by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, including

  • A healthy BMI
  • Age between 21 and 42
  • At least one successful pregnancy
  • No major complications from previous pregnancies
  • Doesn’t have untreated STIs
  • No smoking, illicit drug use, or exposure to second-hand smoke
  • Hasn’t used of anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medication in the last 12 months

Healthy working lunch and snacks

Pregnant working women not only need to get the proper nutrition for the baby but also need to maintain energy for their daily work in their daily diet. Especially during this time, pregnant women should choose foods that have enough protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals to maintain their health during pregnancy.

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Here are some of the foods that are perfect for your working lunches. They are easy to cook and contain the essential nutrients you need during pregnancy.

  1. Hard-boiled egg
  2. Salmon
  3. Whole grains
  4. Avocado
  5. Broccoli and dark, leafy greens

In addition to the regular three meals a day, surrogate mothers should also eat some healthy snacks. According to each person’s different eating habits, snacks can meet the nutritional needs of mothers and babies while helping to reduce many pregnancy symptoms, such as morning sickness, mood swings, and nausea.

You can easily find the following snacks in the store or make them at home:

  • Yogurt with Whole Grain Cereal/Granola
  • Homemade Trail Mix
  • Hummus with Carrots & Celery
  • Multigrain Crackers with Avocado Puree

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How can Joy of Life help our working surrogate mothers eat healthier on busy working days? Our licensed nutritionist will provide a personal nutrition plan for each surrogate mother based on their individual needs and preferences.

Pregnancy Fitness

Exercising is so very important! Pregnant women who exercise regularly have less back pain and have more energy so that they can return to their pre-pregnancy body levels faster after delivery.

Here are some tips for pregnancy fitness:

  1. Swimming
  2. Yoga
  3. Indoor cycling
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Joy of Life is a group of professional clinical consultants and case managers with many years of service experience, bringing professional and caring services to families in need. Whether it’s surrogacy or pregnancy-related services, Joy of Life can provide you with the most professional guidance. Let us enjoy the surrogacy experience in a healthy way.

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Four Ways to Enjoy the Holiday Season When You’re Pregnant

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The upcoming holiday season must make you feel extra excited when you are pregnant. You will have a lot of things to pay attention to during the holidays, because it not only facilitates a more enjoyable holiday but can also be good for your baby. So what do you need to do during the holidays? Let’s get started!

#1: Avoid Over-Scheduling

From Christmas to New Year is the busiest time of the year. You might have friends you have not seen for a long time, and there are so many family parties or celebratory gatherings with colleagues. Presumably, your social life before pregnancy was pretty busy, but the situation is different now. If you get tired of the upcoming parties and are in desperate need of a night off, remember you don’t have to say “yes” to every invitation you receive. You only need to pick the ones you really want to attend. Please make sure to have at least one night free each weekend. Growing a baby is tiring work, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

 #2: Make Changes to Your Social Life

Having a child changes your life. But there is one thing you may not have thought about: pregnancy will affect your friendships, especially with those who may not be in the same life stage. After all, your mind at this moment is concentrated on things like diapers, strollers, and lots of other things unique to a pregnancy.

Once you are pregnant, you may now find out who your “real friends” are. They are people who are interested in the new addition. Even if they don’t have their own children, you can feel their concern about your baby. For those friendships that aren’t flowing as naturally and require a lot more effort, you might gradually move them over to the “acquaintance” column. Also, you’ll want “mom friends.” You’ll want to make friends with people who know what you are experiencing. Don’t be afraid to make new friends at parks, baby classes, or local parenting groups; you will learn a lot about the pregnancy experience from them.

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#3: Eat Wisely

Chances are you’ll soon be gathering with friends and family to enjoy a holiday feast. With an abundance of casseroles and tasty sweets, it can be a challenge to eat a balanced meal and watch your calories during the holidays. We’ve taken some classic dishes and stacked them up to help you determine smarter, healthier food choices for you and your baby.

Christmas Cookie Showdown:

Depending on the size of the cookie, a single cookie is around 10-12 grams. So, when faced with your in-law’s cookie tray, grab one or two of the smaller sugar cookies to do the least damage and enjoy!

Peppermint Paradise:

A single candy cane is 1/3 the size of a Peppermint Pattie. If you can keep yourself to just a single serving, you are certainly better off going with the candy cane.

Fruit n’ Cake Faceoff:

While fruitcake is packed full of nuts, giving it a clear advantage from a protein perspective, the upside-down pineapple cake is lower in calories, carbs, and fat.

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#4: Be Honest – Prioritize yourself and your growing baby

Enjoying Christmas while you’re pregnant requires a strong sense of borders: what will you do and what you will not do? This is also the moment you need to be honest with yourself. Can you cook food the same way you did in the past? Is travel the best choice for you and your changing body?

Be honest. What do you really want to do? Write it down and talk to your family, but no matter what you do, be honest.

Once your holiday boundaries are determined, share them with your partner. See if you need to make changes and new plans, depending on the situation. Communicate your ideas and plans to the extended family and go from there.

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My advice for resolving the morning sickness problem during the holidays is to make a plan. Regiment your meal and snack times and keep your eating and sleeping rhythms as consistent as possible. Bring your favorite snacks, go out for fresh air, and keep a bottle of lemon essential oil in your pocket. Other bits of advice include drinking ginger, eating something sour, taking vitamin B6, and drinking plenty of water.

As a professional surrogacy company in Southern California, Joy of Life has a rich store of knowledge about pregnancy, and, if you have any questions about your pregnancy, IVF, or even surrogacy, Joy of Life is the best choice for you to consult. We will help you enjoy your pregnancy and embrace the new life into your family.


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Artificial Insemination Can Bring A New Baby to Your Family

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When intended families choose surrogacy to solve their fertility problems, artificial insemination is a very common method. Clinics use it to achieve fertilization. Understanding what it is and how it works will give both intended families and surrogate mothers a good place to begin a conversation with a fertility expert. Here’s what you need to know.

Intrauterine vs. Intracervical

There are two different artificial insemination procedures, intrauterine insemination (IUI) and intracervical insemination (ICI). Intrauterine insemination is the most common form of artificial insemination today. The IUI procedure places the sperm sample directly into the uterus. The sperm sample first is washed to separate the sperm from the seminal fluid and concentrated to a smaller amount. This gives the sperm cells an advantage by giving them a head start. But still requires a sperm cell to reach and fertilize the egg on its own. The ICI procedure places the sperm sample near the cervix. From the cervix, the sperm travels up the uterus and into the fallopian tubes to fertilize the egg. The sperm is un-washed and placed further away from the fallopian tubes than in the IUI procedure. So the ICI success rate is lower than IUI’s but is typically less expensive.

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A successful artificial insemination procedure usually consists of the following five steps:

Step 1:

To begin the artificial insemination procedure, the surrogate and the potential sperm donor will have a complete physical examination to make sure they are both in good health and without any genetic defects.

Step 2:

The egg provider is given ovulation induction medications to stimulate development of multiple follicles (eggs), and the insemination is timed to coincide with ovulation.

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Step 3:

In the IUI procedure, after a sperm sample is obtained, the sperm is washed to separate it from the other components of the semen and is concentrated into a smaller volume, leaving only the highly motile sperm. This procedure helps enhance the fertilizing capacity.

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Step 4:

When everything is ready, the actual artificial insemination procedure is straightforward and can be done quickly. With IUI, the sperm is placed into a thin, flexible tube (catheter) that is passed into the vagina, through the cervix, then into the uterus. With ICI, the catheter is placed into the vagina, depositing the sperm around the cervix.

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Step 5:

A cervical cap or sponge is placed into the vagina to prevent the sperm from leaking out. This sponge or cap can be removed several hours after the procedure is over. Surrogate mothers may be advised to lie down for 15-20 minutes after the procedure. Some studies found that women who lie down are more likely to get pregnant during that cycle than women who get up immediately after the procedure.

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Details of the procedure should be customized for each case by medical professionals. However, sometimes couples still do not have a baby after several cycles of ICI or IUI. If this happens to you, do not panic. There are still a lot of other methods that Joy of Life can use to help you have your new baby.

Joy of Life, as a professional surrogacy agency, works with ample resources to help intended parents and surrogate mothers overcome infertility. When you consult with Joy of Life, our specialists and doctors will provide other suggestions to help you have your new baby, such as IVF or surrogacy. Let Joy of Life bring the joy of new life to your family.

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3 Tips to Improve Egg Quality for Pregnancy or IVF

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Egg quality is one of the most important factors in determining a woman’s fertility. Improving egg quality can be a vital part of a preparation process. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that can be done to improve egg quality.

In this article, we will talk about the importance of improving egg quality and what we can do to achieve that.

The importance of improving egg quality

Every woman has an average of one million to two million immature eggs available during her whole life, but only 400 of them can fully develop and become fertilized. As important as egg quantity, egg quality is the factor most vital to the embryo’s viability and fertility journey. Poor egg quality may cause age-related infertility, recurrent miscarriages, and failed IVF cycles.

Here are three tips to improve egg quality:

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Tip 1: Maintain a healthy diet

Although lots of diets can improve egg quality, fertility professionals suggest that a wholesome, well-balanced diet is the best. The diet should include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, full-fat dairy products, nuts, and berries. A balanced diet can really improve body health, including egg quality. Healthy foods that women are encouraged to eat include broccoli, dark leafy vegetables, halibut, salmon, pumpkin seeds, turmeric, ginger, and royal jelly.

However, there are some foods that should be avoided, such as foods with excessive salt and trans-fats, processed foods, and sugar. Remember to avoid smoking or drinking caffeine and alcohol. Many studies show that alcohol can lower pregnancy rates and nicotine is toxic to eggs.

Eating well is the most important and simplest way to improve egg quality. Joy of Life will also design a healthy and balanced diet for women preparing for pregnancy.

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Tip 2: Go for an “egg checkup”

Basically, egg quality begins to decline in a woman’s early thirties, and this decline accelerates when a woman gets into her late thirties and early forties. Therefore, early and regular monitoring of egg quality and quantity is important. The fertility clinic will advise you to do certain tests to check the eggs.

By counting the number of antral follicles through an ultrasound, a doctor can predict how many immature eggs a woman may have.

  • Day 3 FSH (blood test)

Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is one of the most important hormones in ovulation. Measuring FSH level can let doctors know how hard the body is working to ovulate. High FSH levels indicate a diminished ovarian reserve.

  • AMH (blood test)

Testing the level of anti-mullerian hormone can indicate whether a woman has a large pool of growing follicles, which means the ability to produce more viable eggs.

Tip 3: Consider complementary therapies

Apart from having a well-balanced diet, women can also take some supplements or even try acupuncture.The antioxidant Coenzyme Q10 helps prevent free radical damage coming from a stressful environment. CoQ10 might give relatively old eggs more energy. Besides CoQ10, women can also take folic acid and antioxidants, like vitamins A and E. Also, studies show that acupuncture can increase pregnancy rates in women going through IVF.

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5 Ways to Increase IVF Success for Women

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IVF has gradually become a more common option for couples with fertility problems to have their own baby. With the development of this technology, most people think that its success rate can reach 100%. However, that is not always the case.

The success rate for IVF

Generally speaking, success rates for IVF depend on multiple factors. Such as the reason for infertility and their age. According to a report in 2009, pregnancy can be achieved in an average of 29.4% of IVF cycles and the percentage of cycles that result in a live birth is 22.4%. Now, with the continued development of this technology, success rates have increased dramatically.

Among all the factors, a woman’s age is the most important in the success rate of IVF. According to the statistics, a woman under 35 who undergoes IVF has a 39.6% chance of having a baby, but this number decreases to 11.5% when she is over 40. However, with the development of newer technologies, the success rate is increasing in every age group.

Women can use the following tips to increase their chances of a successful IVF.

Five tips to increase the IVF success rate

1. Maintain a healthy BMI 

The health of a woman’s body greatly affects the chances of a successful embryo transfer and pregnancy. When you prepare for IVF, maintaining a healthy diet, quitting smoking and other unhealthy habits, keeping up with moderate exercise, staying away from all unhealthy substances, and getting enough sleep may be dull, but these things make all the difference in achieving a successful birth.

2. Cut back on coffee

According to recent research, drinking more than five cups of regular coffee per day may decrease the chances of getting pregnant. Drink less coffee and other caffeinated drinks.

3. Consider having acupuncture

In general, acupuncture can be used to relieve stress. But recent research described in medical journals indicates that there are benefits if acupuncture is used when the embryo is transferred into a woman’s uterus. Couples with fertility problems may benefit from acupuncture, too.


4. Take vitamin D supplementation

Many scientists think that lack of vitamin D contributes to low birth rates around the world, since this vitamin plays a part in the regulation of cell proliferation and metabolic processes. To get vitamin D, women should get enough sunlight and try foods containing vitamin D, such as liver oil, egg yolks, and so on.

5. Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening

There are many high-tech ways that help to improve the embryo screening process. Chromosomal screening is one of them. Instead of directly watching an embryo, chromosomal screening can determine its true quality, which effectively reduces the possibilities of a failed cycle and miscarriage.


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