Surrogacy is the process of carrying and giving birth to a child on behalf of an infertile couple, and it has become more widely practiced in recent years.
Becoming a surrogate mother is not an easy task, and it can have a significant impact on your physical, psychological and emotional well-being.
If you are running a home Internet business, you should carefully consider how surrogacy can affect your lifestyle and work.
Once you decide to become a surrogate mother, you have to be prepared to spend a substantial amount of time communicating with the intended parents.
The intended parents will most likely want to build a close relationship with you, and they may arrange face-to-face meetings or call or email you regularly throughout the surrogacy process.
The frequentness of communication may increase during the later stages of your pregnancy as their excitement grows. Communicating with the intended parents may require more time than you think, and it will leave you with less time to attend to your home business.
Additionally, you will become less physically capable in the later part of your pregnancy.
As such, you may need more time to perform certain activities and have to rest more often.
Before you decide to become a surrogate mother, you have to make sure that you can set aside enough time to deal with the responsibilities and difficulties that come with pregnancy, without neglecting your home business.
When the time comes for you to give birth, you will have to stay in the hospital for at least a few days.
During this time, you may or may not be able to perform your work duties, depending on how your business activities are usually conducted.
While you will have more time to spend on your home business following your discharge from the hospital, you may experience psychological or emotional problems that can make it difficult for you to stay focused on your work.
According to an article entitled “Concerns and Considerations about Becoming a Surrogate Mother“, carrying and giving birth to a child can be an emotional experience, even if you know that the child belongs to someone else.
Although giving birth as a surrogate mother is not the same as having your own baby, it makes you susceptible to the same emotional issues, such as postpartum depression.
Symptoms of postpartum depression, such as insomnia, irritability, fatigue, mood swings and social isolation, can significantly undermine your ability to run your home business or even live a normal life.
If these symptoms are severe, they can last for a very long time. Therefore, it is essential that you weigh the risks of surrogacy carefully before you take the plunge.
Becoming a surrogate mother is a great act of generosity as it requires you to take risks and make sacrifices.
If you do not have to spend a lot of time and effort to run your home Internet business, you should be able to complete the surrogacy journey successfully.
Either way, finding the right balance between successfully overseeing a home business and being a successful surrogate mom can be very rewarding.
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About the Author: John McMalcolm is a freelance writer who writes on a wide range of subjects, from social media marketing to small business.