After finding out you are pregnant, you may feel like you’re completely alone. Once deciding to place your baby for adoption, you may feel even more alone and uneasy about sharing your decision with others. The bottom line is any woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy needs a solid support system - whether or not she chooses adoption. But who can they talk to? Where do you go to find the support and guidance you need? What if you just need someone to listen?
A 40 week pregnancy gives birthmothers and adoptive parents plenty of time to prepare for delivery day. Whether you’ve just discovered you’re pregnant or are well into your pregnancy, here are some of the best ways to plan for your baby’s arrival.
One thing many women fear during pregnancy is that there may be unexpected complications; that is why taking care of yourself both physically and emotionally is of upmost importance throughout your pregnancy. Once a mother discovers she’s pregnant, her very next step is scheduling an appointment with her doctor.
For your protection, the staff at LifeLong Adoptions has compiled this guide to a healthy pregnancy.
Visit Your Doctor:
We thought this was worth mentioning twice. Good and early prenatal care is essential for you and your baby. Once discovering you are pregnant, contact your healthcare provider immediately to schedule your first prenatal visit. During this visit and those to follow, it is extremely important that you share any concerns, changes or questions about your health. Do your best not to miss appointments - you need them!
So, you’ve sorted through adoptive parent profiles and you have settled on one (or several) families you are interested in. That’s great! Now it’s time to take a big step forward in the adoption process: it’s time to meet your potential adoptive family. It’s completely understandable that you might be nervous. What if they aren’t what you expected? What if you have nothing to talk about? What will you say?
You are pregnant and you have decided to place your baby for adoption. OK - take a deep breath. You have just taken the first step in the biggest decision a young mother could make. We understand this decision was not easy, but we are here to hold your hand as we guide you through the process.
Now that you have decided to place your baby for adoption, there is a road ahead. What should you think about - and what are the next steps?